A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Jackbox games are particularly player-driven, so not much in terms of positive or negative messages built into the game itself.
Positive Role Models
Players play as themselves, and their avatar characters are merely to distinguish themselves from other players.
Ease of Play
There are simply no other party games as easy to begin playing as Jackbox Games. Connecting players' devices to the game is seamless and often takes just a few seconds. Not all players will make use of the new accessibility features in Jackbox Party Starter, but the inclusion of them is definitely worth applauding.
Violence & Scariness
Trivia Murder Party 3 contains some mild blood effects and jokes about violence. Its narrator is also often fairly mean to the players, and while this is usually funny and lighthearted for adults, some kids may not be ready to understand why this behavior is OK for a simulated narrator in a video game and not OK for people in real life.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As long as the family-friendly content filter is on, families should be able to avoid all prompts with sexual references. But if this content filter isn't on, there's a chance that an inappropriate prompt or question could show up in any of the three games.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Jackbox series of games.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jackbox Party Starter is a downloadable party game available for Windows, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. It's part of the Jackbox franchise. The games in the Jackbox Party Starter are re-releases of fan favorites Quiplash 3, Tee K.O., and Trivia Murder Party 2. It comes with new accessibility features such as subtitles, content filtration, and brand-new localization for players who speak French, Italian, or German -- all key selling points. Along with increased flexibility in creating your own prompts in Quiplash and Tee K.O., the Jackbox Party Starter is perfect for casual players, players who speak languages other than English, and families with young children seeking family-friendly content filters. Of the three games included in Jackbox Party Starter, families should keep in mind that the content filters are limited for Trivia Murder Party 2, which contains jokes about violence that may not be appropriate for all ages.
Is It Any Good?
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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