Parents' Guide to

Jackbox Party Starter

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Re-release of hit party games is more accessible than ever.

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What always felt revolutionary about Jackbox games was just how easy it is to connect players to the game using their personal devices. Jackbox Party Starter keeps the same feature of not sharing controllers or worrying about lengthy online co-op connection times. This feature is just as exciting now as it was when it was first released with the original party pack in 2014, keeping Jackbox games relevant and accessible in a way that few franchises can sustainably keep up with. The rules for each game are very easy to pick up, and players can instantly jump in and out of rooms between rounds of games, which rarely go over 20 to 25 minutes. And though the Jackbox Party Starter doesn't include any new games, its improved accessibility features may make a significant difference in the groups of people who are able to use the pack. That makes this release's place within the series of Jackbox games feel more than earned.

Though all three of the games included are fan favorites for a reason, Quiplash 3 is a standout. Few things feel better than getting your friends to laugh at an answer you've submitted, and because answers are always player-generated and assigned to different sets of players, the replay value is extensive even if a repeat prompt shows up every once in a while. Additionally, it's great to see the barrier to entry for Jackbox games being lowered on this pack, which has a lower price point than the full 5-pack of games. Without this party starter release, players would need to purchase Jackbox Party Packs 3, 6, and 7 to gain access to all three of these games, which would come out to more than four times the cost of Jackbox Party Starter.

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