A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Play promotes friendly local and online social gaming experiences while encouraging players to use a mix of logic, strategy, and creativity in order to win.
Positive Role Models
There aren't any real characters within the game, but narrators can be both helpful and encouraging as well as teasing and cruel.
Ease of Play
Phone interface is straightforward and easy to learn, but winning or losing depends largely on the knowledge, skill, and strategy of people you play against.
Violence & Scariness
The Trivia Murder Party 2 game depicts rooms with blood spatter, and the narrator jokes about killing and death in a playful but lightly spooky fashion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some questions reference sexuality and romance, but not explicitly.
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Products & Purchases
Some questions mention celebrities, films, music, and products, though not in a promotional way. It's the latest chapter in the Jackbox Party Pack franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Dialogue references people getting high, but drug use is neither depicted nor promoted.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Jackbox Party Pack 6 is a collection of games available for download on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs that is meant for larger groups of players. Like previous games in the franchise, it's composed of themed party games that test players' knowledge of general trivia and spur them to be creative by coming up with jokes and fake word definitions to share with everyone else playing or watching. This encourages friendly social gaming experiences both locally and online (random people can tune in to players' games via Twitch, should the players choose to allow it). Some games also reward strategy, giving the advantage to players who track and take into account other players' point totals. Most of the questions and activities are tame, but some carry themes meant for older players. The Trivia Murder Party 2 game, for example, depicts blood-spattered locations within a hotel and references killing and murder, and a handful of questions make reference to sexuality and drugs, as well as celebrities and known brands. But adult content can be switched off in the settings for each game, and some games allow the first player in to act as a censor for content created by other players before it's displayed on-screen.
Is It Any Good?
This is the sort of game that's only as much fun as the people who are playing. The Jackbox Party Pack 6 can be played by just one player (Trivia Murder Party 2), but it's really designed to be experienced by as many as 10 players in the same room, with potentially thousands more watching online. It's largely about the group's interactions. Trivia questions don't require much player interaction, but games that involve a certain level of creativity -- such as creating jokes with an aim to make your friends laugh, devising goofy but believable definitions to fake phrases, and quickly sketching out pictures -- are best when the players are a little more outgoing and willing to take risks for laughs. The experience will likely be fairly raucous for groups of close friends, and more muted for loose-knit collections of acquaintances.
The games themselves are easy to understand and learn, and provide a natural springboard for group guffaws as players try to outdo their friends' silliness. Role Models is perhaps the most basic, but also among the most fun, forcing players to reveal what they really think of everyone else in the room. Joke Boat, meanwhile, encourages zaniness by empowering players to not only compose but also perform their own zingers for an audience of friends. We did run into a handful of stability issues -- a couple of players got booted from games midsession -- and we would have appreciated some sort of overarching meta mode that combined multiple games into a single, Olympic-style event, but The Jackbox Party Pack 6 should prove plenty of fun at your next big casual gamer get-together.
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