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The Jackbox Party Starter is Perfect For Jackbox Newcomers

Jackbox Party Starter

Have you never played a Jackbox game before? Firstly, shame on you! Secondly, there’s soon going to be the perfect jumping-in point.

The aptly-named The Jackbox Party Starter is set to release on PC and consoles on 30th June. Rather than being a fully-fledged Jackbox Party Pack, which typically bundles in five games, the Party Starter has just three. They’ve been hand-picked from Jackbox’s back catalogue – and as extensive players of the Jackbox series at large, we can confirm they are indeed three of the best games.

What games are included in The Jackbox Party Starter?

Included in Jackbox Party Starter is Trivia Murder Party 2, Quiplash 3 and Tee K.O. You’ll need at least three players to play Quiplash or Tee K.O., though Trivia Murder Party can be started with just two (although, as with most party games, the more players you have, the better).

  • Trivia Murder Party 2 combines traditional trivia with zany mini-games. Players find themselves inside a ‘Murder House’, and a spooky theme carries the proceedings with a huge dose of humour. Get a question right, and you’re safe. But get one wrong, and you’ll need to prove yourself with a minigame. Fail, and you’ll get the chop.
  • Quiplash has always been one of our favourites, and Quiplash 3 brings new prompts, new family-friendly modes and more. It’s essentially a word game; players are given prompts, and it’s up to them to come up with a witty answer. You’ll then vote for the answer you like the best. It’s a good excuse to be rude, although if you’re playing with family you might want to tone it down a little.
  • Finally, Tee K.O. is something a little different. You’ll need to design t-shirts. Each player draws a couple of random images (using their finger on their phone), then jots down as many weird and wonderful slogans they can think of. You’ll then need to combine pictures and slogans to be put on a t-shirt. Best/funniest combination wins. (And, as a weird bonus extra, you can actually order the t-shirts you design while playing to be made into real, actual t-shirts. Random, but cool.)

Is The Jackbox Party Starter worth buying?

Each of these games has been featured in a Jackbox Party Pack before – there are eight of them, and the ninth is currently in development. And so if you’re a longtime player, there’s not really any reason to pick up The Jackbox Party Starter.

But if you’re new, it really is the most logical place to start. It combines three of the best party games, and offers them at a low price – the The Jackbox Party Starter costs just $19.99. That’s less than $7 per game. An absolute steal, particularly considering that the original Quiplash, available standalone, costs $9.99 by itself.

If you’re the type of person who has friends over often, or even likes having online gatherings with friends and family – a practice that has become even more popular thanks to the pandemic – you really can’t go wrong with Jackbox. Load the game up on one machine, then everyone else can join in with their mobile phone. It’s the type of experience that anyone can join in on, young or old, new to video games or old-hat.

So, if you want to potentially laugh harder than you ever have before, consider The Jackbox Party Starter when it launches on 30th June. It’ll be available on PC via Steam, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.