If you’re a fan of Jackbox party games, you’ll get a kick out of What The Dub?!.
One of my personal favourites of all Jackbox’s games is Quiplash. Providing players with prompts to then fill in the blanks, it encourages silliness and – when I’m playing it – utter filth. Sorry mum; it’s the only real way to play. What The Dub?! from Wide Right Interactive allows for the same sort of lexical shenanigans. But this time, you’re filling in the blanks from an old movie clip.
A short clip will play, complete with dialogue – but a chunk will be missing. You and your fellow players will need to come up with something to fill the gap. Sure, you could play it straight-laced if you want, thinking up the most logical phrase that the character might actually say. Or you could be completely obscene and ridiculous, and think up the funniest thing that comes to your warped little mind. Obviously, the latter leads to more hilarity.
Like Jackbox games, What The Dub?! requires each player to use their own smartphone to connect to a bespoke website. You’ll type in a room code in order to connect to the correct game, and away you go. You’ll need at least three people to play, and as with all games of this type, the more players on board, the more fun you’re likely to have. By default one game consists of five different clips, with players voting for their favourite ‘dub’ between each round. The player with the most votes at the end of the game wins. You can choose to play a game with more or less clips if you wish.
Once each player has typed their ‘dub’ into their phone and clicked ‘submit’, you’ll get to watch each dub play through. As to be expected, they’re voiced by a jarring AI voice that isn’t at all in keeping with the rest of the movie clip – but somehow that just adds to the absurdity of the game. With up to 12 players allowed in one game, you might tire of seeing the same clip a dozen times, but if your friends have come up with clever or ridiculous dubs, you’re sure to laugh your way through them.
It’s a shame there isn’t a two-player mode, but the nature of the scoring system means you need at least three players. It makes sense, but it would be nice to simply play through a series of clips and come up with dubs without worrying about scoring and choosing a winner. Still, it’s hardly a dealbreaker; just bear in mind that you’ll likely need to gather some extra friends before you can play. Of course, streaming is an easy option that allows you to play remotely. As long as you can share your screen, anyone can access your game via the room code.
While my preferred way to play games like What The Dub?! is to be as rude as possible, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea – and for those people (or for younger players), there’s a language filter that can be applied in the options. But other than that, there’s not much else to fiddle with here – simply hit ‘start’ and get everyone to log in via their smartphones.
What The Dub?! isn’t the sort of game that will keep you entertained for hours on end. But it is the sort of thing you’ll pull out for half an hour at a party or gathering, and have a laugh with. With over 300 movie clips included in the game, it’ll be a while until you start seeing repeats, too. The more ridiculous or rude you get, the more hilarity is likely to ensue. Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Jackbox’s games, then What The Dub?! is worth checking out.
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