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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Quiplash is a party trivia game available for download on the Nintendo Switch. The game is based on the popular Jackbox franchise of games. Players work to create witty responses to questions, and then vote on which comment they like best. There isn't any overt violence, drugs, or sex shown in the game, though there can be references to them within questions and user-submitted answers. Similarly, language and topics can be somewhat mature, though this can be controlled by toggling on a "family friendly" filter for content. Players may also find that the use of phones and tablets to enter responses is challenging for people who aren't used to typing or who are bad spellers. The devices don't always stay connected to the game room or register responses, either, which could frustrate some players.
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What's it about?
QUIPLASH doesn't really have a significant story that players need to focus on or concern themselves with. It's a party game where up to eight players gather around and try to prove how witty they are by answering a set of questions posed to them in each round. While the Switch acts as a virtual emcee, players use a phone, tablet, or computer as a controller over three separate game rounds. During these rounds, random topics are posed to everyone, and players have around a minute to enter the funniest answer they can think of. Once all answers are submitted, everyone then sees the topics and responses, and players vote for what they think is the funniest answer to the question. Based on the number of votes received, players earn points, and the person with the most votes wins. What's more, up to 10,000 people can watch your game and vote on the answers as well, possibly impacting the scores for players.
Is it any good?
This party game isn't based on your reflexes or your skills, but on how funny you can be when questions are thrown your way. Quiplash is an amusing party game where you're trying to make everyone laugh and get them to think your comments are better than everyone else's. There's really no right or wrong answer available, as long as you can come up with something that seems appropriate to the topic presented. What's great about this format is that it levels the playing field, so as long as you enter an answer, you have a chance to score points. It's also entertaining that while you're trying to swing the other players onto your side, you also have the option to swing a virtual audience of up to 10,000 people to vote for you as well. As long as being watched by such a large audience doesn't stress you out, you may find that these onlookers could motivate you to be even funnier than ever before with your responses -- just make sure that you can spell what you're trying to say. Nothing's worse than trying to be witty but having it backfire from a misspelled word.
There are only two minor issues with Quiplash, starting with the stability of the connection itself to phones or other devices. While you use the Switch as a screen to play the audio clips and view many of the responses from other players, your tablet, phone, or computer is really your controller, and will sometimes get frozen during a round or answer selection. It's much more stable than Fibbage XL, which uses the same control scheme. That's somewhat surprising, given the number of onlookers who can leap in and impact the game, but it's still notable. The other factor is that even with the family filter on, you may find that the answers can sometimes run toward potty humor or more mature topics, so you may want to put the younger kids to bed and play this one. If you're looking for some amusement for older kids and adults, Quiplash could be what you want to pull up for game night.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about playing games with others. What's appealing about gathering people together and playing games? Do you think you'd have the same enjoyment with games like Quiplash if you were only playing against the computer?
What makes a joke or comment funny? Do you think our sense of humor changes over time? Are there certain things that are funnier when they're said than when they're written?
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