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The Jackbox Party Pack 7 Review

Time to invite a bunch of people over

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing an Xbox One on 🤭

The Jackbox Party Pack 7 is also available for PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

The Jackbox Party Pack 7 is rated Teen by the ESRB

We're currently in a pandemic but screw that noise; invite all your friends over and get ready to play some underwhelming party games.

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Quiplash 3 3 to 8 players

To be frank, I've never been a big fan of Quiplash and I'm surprised that it has survived 3 incarnations. This version is essentially the same formula where you write funny responses to prompts then your friends vote on the best ones. It boils down to a popularity contest and doesn't really require much skill. This sequel adds the ability to create your own episodes which is cool, especially considering you can make themes like maybe it's Gord Chandrasekhar's birthday so you create an episode related to the goof and all of his hijinks and criminal activities. There's also a nifty final round where you write 3 responses which can be kind of tricky. It's alright but nothing special. v1d30chumz 18-232-56-9

Quiplash 3 trailer →
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Looks like someone's a party pooper

The Devils and the Details 3 to 8 players

The Devils and the Details is by far the most original game in The Jackbox Party Pack 7. That being said, it isn't particularly good. You basically control a family of devils and you must cooperate with your friends to increase your Family Score. Meanwhile, you're also competing to be the #1 family member and you can get a score boost by doing things that deplete the Family Score so inevitably, someone will ruin your chances of progressing to the next round which quickly turns the absurd chaotic fun into an exercise in futility. Thanks, Eric. I should also mention that this is a ridiculously convoluted game that'll have you and your friends scrambling to simply make sense of what's going on. I'd say it's the gaming equivalent of a 20 car pileup but not quite as fun and nowhere near as titillating.

The Devils and the Details trailer →
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Playing this definitely feels like a chore

Champ'd Up 3 to 8 players

Ever since the original Quiplash released, the folks at Jackbox seem really attached to the concept of having players present things which are then voted upon. Most Jackbox Party Packs have included at least 1 such game and Champ'd Up offers nothing new or exciting to this very specific and tired formula. Contestants basically draw a thing after being given the name of a fight that the thing will be competing in. Then, those drawings are shown to other players who must draw something to compete against it without knowing what the fight is called. People then vote on who they think should win. I wish Jackbox would stop beating this dead horse already.

Champ'd Up trailer →
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Is this the election that Americans won't shut up about?

Talking Points 3 to 8 players

If you remember Patently Stupid from a couple of Jackbox Party Packs ago, Talking Points is played very similarly although it isn't as structured or as entertaining. Players have to basically give oral presentations based on silly topics with Mad Libs style blanks that contestants fill in. As they're presenting, another player decides which images to show for each slide. The resulting formula might be fun if you're playing with your improv troupe but it's a bit too open-ended for casual fun with friends.

Talking Points trailer →
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Fun fact: this particular hamburger does not have coleslaw on it

Blather Round 2 to 6 players

Last but certainly not least, Blather Round is a simple and impressively fun game that you don't actually need a room full of people to enjoy. All you do is choose a topic then describe it by clicking on clues which fill predefined sentences and your friends try to guess what the topic is. This is the sort of game that I enjoy best from Jackbox; simple, intuitive, fun, and it actually tests your deduction skills without devolving into a popularity contest. I mean, it's nowhere near as fun as Fibbage or You Don't Know Jack but it's definitely a capable game that's refreshingly back-to-basics. If only Jackbox would stop spinning their wheels and make more games like this...

Blather Round trailer →
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Famous writer, huh? I guess we can give up on this round...

Playing The Jackbox Party Pack 7 is like smelling a fart after a delicious meal. You'll be reminded of good times but it definitely stinks.

  • + Quiplash 3 allows you to create your own episodes which is kind of cool
  • + Talking Points is fun for improv troupes
  • + Blather Round is simple and enjoyable
  • - The Devils and the Details is a confusing mess
  • - Only 1 game can be played with 2 players
  • - Most games aren't all that original
5.9 out of 10
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Official trailer for The Jackbox Party Pack 7
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