A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive or negative messages. Point is to be as funny as possible once you receive a sentence topic.
Positive Role Models
No character to play as; you have no goal other than to be hilarious.
Ease of Play
Players who can't type quickly or are bad spellers may have issues. Also, while you can use phones or tablets as controllers, the devices occasionally disconnect from the game or fail to register responses.
Violence & Scariness
No overt violence shown, but questions and answers could cover topics of violence. This can be turned on or off with the "family friendly" filter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex shown, but questions and answers could cover topics of sex. This can be turned on or off with the "family friendly" filter.
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Questions and answers could include profanity. This can be turned on or off with the "family friendly" filter.
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest title spun off from the popular Jackbox game series.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some questions and answers could cover drinking or drug use. This can be turned on or off with the "family friendly" filter.
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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.
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.
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