The Jackbox Party Pack 7

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Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Fun party games have iffy content that can be filtered out.

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Positive Messages

Competitive and cooperative play encourages a friendly social gaming experience, creativity, and confidence in public speaking.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There aren't any traditional characters, but narrators both encourage and tease players.

Ease of Play

All instructions are provided on screen. Players typically don't need to do anything more complicated than tap out words and doodle drawings.

Violence

Players don't participate in any acts of violence, though game content (questions and activities) occasionally reference violence and death, and players will see photos of subjects such as skeletons and people screaming.

Sex

Some questions and activities make passing reference to dating and romance (nothing explicit), but players can avoid this content by switching to family friendly mode in the settings menu.

Language

User-created content may contain inappropriate language, but a censor option in the settings menu allows players to filter both profanity and hate speech.

Consumerism

Some activities incidentally reference familiar brands, music, movies, and celebrities without intention to promote them. This is the latest chapter in the Jackbox Party Pack franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Game content references the use of controlled substances -- such as asking questions about drunkenness -- without promoting use of these substances.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know The Jackbox Party Pack 7 is a compilation of party games for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. This is the latest chapter in the Jackbox series. Gameplay involves answering questions, improvisational public speaking, drawing pictures, and creating your own content. Some activities include iffy language and reference more grown-up subjects -- including dating and drunkenness -- but parents can activate an option in the settings menu that suppresses potentially inappropriate content. You can also turn on a language filter that pre-emptively censors profanity and words associated with hate speech from any user-generated content. Some activities include references to brands, music, celebrities, and other pop culture subjects, but without intention to promote or sell anything. Parents should also be aware that each player must have their own handheld device (phone, tablet, etc.) to play.

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What's it about?

The JACKBOX PARTY PACK 7 continues along the well-worn path established by its predecessors, providing a handful of games and activities for groups of three or more players. Each player needs a handheld device (phone, tablet, etc.) with a web browser. Once a game has been chosen, a four letter code is provided that players must enter on the jackbox.tv website in order to join the game on their device. The games are designed to inspire creativity and funny interactions between players. For example, Blather 'Round sees one player selecting words from a limited, random list in an attempt to provide useful hints to the rest of the group to help them guess a subject from pop culture, such as Tinkerbell or Game of Thrones. Quiplash 3 involves filling in blanks in simple sentences to make them funny, then having the rest of the group vote on which is wittiest. Talking Points has players ad-libbing a presentation with pictures and a handful of talking points based on topics created by other players. A cooperative game called The Devils and the Details is probably the most complex of the bunch, with players taking on the roles of a family of cartoon devils attempting to live like humans. Each player tries to earn points for the team by selecting tasks that may involve memory, tapping and swiping on cue, or verbally cooperating with other players. The fifth and final game, Champ'd Up, makes players draw simple little characters on their screens using their fingers, then pits the drawings in competition with each other to vie for made-up titles, such as Most Intimidating. Each game is quick, self-contained, and has content settings that allow players to filter out any content that might be considered inappropriate for younger players.

Is it any good?

If you've any experience with the prolific Jackbox franchise, you know what you're in for here. Jackbox Party Pack 7 is good fun, especially in larger groups. So long as you possess a slight knowledge of pop culture and aren't afraid of making a bit of a fool of yourself, you'll have a decent shot at winning. Quiplash 3 makes for a great entry point, requiring players to do little more than come up with funny words to fill in blanks. It also has a creation mode that allows players to create their own quips -- which can be especially fun if players take the time to personalize content for the group. Even The Devils and the Details, which can be a bit confusing as players attempt to talk over each other to provide help to one another on timed tasks (this is part of the fun), doesn't take much longer than a quick game or two to understand and begin enjoying.

Some activities may turn off more timid players, though. Talking Points basically makes a game out of the office presentations many adults are used to giving at work by forcing them to speak aloud to the group, making up jokes on the spot based on random images and topics. Shy players may, understandably, choose to opt out. Champ'd Up, meanwhile, risks hurting the feelings of some players -- especially younger ones -- if their drawings aren't voted the best. Still, you always have the option to avoid the games that might not fit with a particular group of players. If you want to entertain a large and/or disparate group of people with some quick, easy-to-learn games that encourage social interaction and help to break the ice, The Jackbox Party Pack 7 is a pretty safe bet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. The Jackbox Party Pack 7 is broken into a handful of relatively short games played with friends and family, so how long do you and your fellow players typically play before taking a break or moving on to something else?

  • The Jackbox Party Pack 7 includes a game that forces players to ad lib slideshow presentations, but did this game make you nervous? Did you start to feel more comfortable as it went on and you became used to speaking in front of your fellow players?

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