Parents' Guide to

The Jackbox Party Pack 8

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Party game promotes fun social play in large groups.

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Whether you're looking for a little family fun, a way to spend an evening with a group of close friends, or need to kick-start a get-together of people who don't really know each other, this could be the ticket. Like other games in the series, The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is designed to be simple enough for just about anyone, gamer or not, to be able to pick up and play in seconds. Instructions are quick and simple, and the fact that everyone uses a touchscreen phone rather than a complicated controller really helps things along. Similarly, these aren't games that favor the smartest or the most artistic in the group. The worse the sketch, the more fun everyone is likely to have giggling over drawings. Even games with a trivia focus -- like The Wheel of Enormous Proportions and Poll Mine -- use knowledge merely as a starting point before moving on to award points for other things, like being able to figure out what everyone else is thinking.

The most intimidating part of the whole experience might simply be the anxiety some players are bound to feel over trying to be funny. After all, the goal of these games isn't really to win, but rather have a good time with friends and make them laugh. But the more you play and observe what strikes your fellow gamers as funny, the more comfortable you're likely to become plying your comedic skills. It'd have been nice to see Telltale take a few more risks here -- Drawful has been around for a while now, even if the animation shtick is new -- but there's no question that this is another fun entry in the series. The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is a safe bet to entertain your next gathering of friends and family, whether it happens to be at your house or over the internet.

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