The Jackbox Party Pack 5

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Review

You Don't Know Jack returns

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a Switch on

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is also available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

ESRB Teen rating

Has it been another year already? It appears so because Jackbox is back it at with another 5 game bundle. This time around, I won't get into the pack's basic setup because this is my fifth Party Pack review. Instead, let's jump straight to the games!

You Don't Know Jack: Full Stream 1 to 8 players

As a huge fan of You Don't Know Jack ever since the PS1 era, I was delighted to see it return here. The one included in the first pack (You Don't Know Jack 2015) offered classic gameplay with some fun twists such as the wrong answer of the game. Therefore, I'm somewhat disappointed with the offering here. For starters, it no longer matters how long it takes for you to answer a question because the same amount of money is at stake no matter when you lock your answer in. Next, there is no more wrong answer of the game and the final round is a lot less exciting than it was in the previous game. Finally, the whole YouTube-style setup presented by the made-up company Binjpipe is almost as annoying as YouTube itself. There's still fun to be had but Full Stream remains a letdown.

You Don't Know Jack: Full Stream trailer →
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Now, that's one ambiguously confusing question! (You Don't Know Jack: Full Stream)

Split the Room 3 to 8 players

On a positive note, here's Split the Room. The concept here is to fill in a blank within an elaborate scenario in order for it to be as tricky of a proposition as possible. The goal is to have your friends answer yes and no as evenly as you can and if you can split the room as well as make players take long to answer your prompt then you maximize your points. I was impressed just how much strategy is required to master this game. Knowing the people that you're playing with definitely adds a layer of strategy as you can try to imagine what each person will say. I also enjoyed the goofy feline host of Split the Room and his Rod Serling inspired performance is quite funny to boot. Overall, it may seem simple but once you dive into a game, you'll see that Split the Room is as fun as it is challenging.

Split the Room trailer →
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Why wouldn't I use it? Oh, right... (Split the Room)

Mad Verse City 3 to 8 players

Mad Verse City is yet another one of those popularity contest games which started with Quiplash. Although I don't usually like these kinds of Jackbox games as they're more about choosing who's funnier as opposed to actual strategy or trivia skills; I actually had a good time here. You're essentially presented with a prompt to fill in a word Mad Libs style then that word becomes part of a sentence. After that, you write a whole line that rhymes with the previous sentence and you repeat this process until you have a 4 line rap. Finally, the robots compete in a rap battle with impressive artificial voices that actually read what you wrote. During this phase, you can cheer or boo the robot's performance then after, you vote on who was better. In the end, this is a great game that's sure to provide tons of laughs.

Mad Verse City trailer →
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MC Hampton represent! (Mad Verse City)

Zeeple Dome 1 to 6 players

What is this? The first actual mini-game in a Jackbox Party Pack?! Well, I'll be! Zeeple Dome has you use your device's touch screen to pull back and launch differently coloured folks into aliens. It's very simple stuff and the trickiest part is when the aliens turn a certain colour then the player with the same colour must hit them. Honestly, Zeeple Dome is pretty boring and monotonous. I applaud Jackbox's effort to try something different but when I boot up one of their packs, I'm looking for some game show fun, not a simplistic mini-game. If you find these sorts of games fun then I highly recommend playing Frantics instead. That is, if you own a PlayStation 4.

Zeeple Dome trailer →
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Flinging little dudes around is just as fun as it looks (Zeeple Dome)

Patently Stupid 3 to 8 players

The final game in this pack also happens to be the funniest game. Each player is presented with a prompt that they have to read and fill in the blank in order to create a problem. Then, each player selects from the pool of problems and must then draw, name, and describe an invention that fixes their problem of choice. After everyone's done, you can either present your invention to everyone in the room or get the hosts to do it. Last but not least, everyone invests in the inventions. You can earn money by investing wisely and getting funding for your own invention so it's fairly complicated but thankfully, the game calculates everything for you. The concept of making up a problem then inventing something to solve the problem is such a clever take on the whole infomercial industry which results in some truly hilarious concoctions. I had a blast playing Patently Stupid and it'll be my go-to game whenever I boot this pack up.

Patently Stupid trailer →
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I guess that's one way to remember people's names (Patently Stupid)

This year's Jackbox Party Pack has some truly clever games that are thoroughly enjoyable with friends. The version of You Don't Know Jack may not live up to previous iterations but everything is still a blast to play.

  • + Split the Room involves some surprisingly deep and enjoyable strategy
  • + Mad Verse City makes rap battles great fun
  • + Patently Stupid is the funniest game yet
  • - You Don't Know Jack: Full Stream strips out a lot of fun gameplay aspects
  • - Zeeple Dome is pretty monotonous
  • - Most games require at least 3 players
7.6 out of 10
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