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The Jackbox Party Pack 9 Review

Hey, who invited Quixort?

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing an Xbox Series X on 🤭

The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is also available for Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is rated Teen by the ESRB

Hey, party people; guess what? The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is here so invite some chums over and let's have a good old fashioned shindig.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2023. 🐻

Fibbage 4 2 to 8 players

The first game is a sequel to a fan favourite; it's Fibbage 4! Well, you may want to curb your enthusiasm a bit because it's the same old Fibbage that you're used to albeit with new questions and a nifty final round where you enter one answer that can fit 2 prompts which is surprisingly difficult to do. On top of the main game, you also get Fibbage: Enough About You which was originally featured in The Jackbox Party Pack 4 and requires at least 3 players. It's cool that it's included but it's also nothing new and exciting. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

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Roomerang 4 to 9 players

Next, here's a brand new game that's essentially a popularity contest set in a house which makes me think that the developers were inspired by the hit reality TV show Big Brother. Were they? Maybe I'll ask them one day. Anyway, Roomerang has a quirky host that I enjoyed a lot complete with their Picasso-like face and fabulous fashion sense. Besides the host, I didn't particularly enjoy this game due to its extremely basic formula of picking the funniest thing then voting people out of the house. It's humorous that right after someone is voted out, they return in disguise but the novelty of that wears thin rather quickly. It's still kind of fun overall, though.

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To be fair, Pete thinks everyone's a cuck

Junktopia 3 to 8 players

As our next game, Junktopia presents a similar formula to Patently Stupid from The Jackbox Party Pack 5 but instead of drawing things, you buy goofy-looking items at a store. There's an interesting money mechanic where you can haggle and it's fun to see how much money each player spent and made on their items at the end of each round. You see; players make money by simply having others vote on their item along with its name and 2 facts about it. A lot of the comedy is in the bizarre items, though, so simply picking good ones will likely give you more of a leg-up than any clever title would. I enjoy Junktopia but again, it doesn't do anything particularly new.

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Can I vote for all of them?

Nonsensory 3 to 8 players

I know that I've been discussing how these games don't offer much new but Nonsensory actually does and it's probably my favourite game here. With that being said, it does take a while to understand how to play it because it's inherently confusing. You basically have to respond to prompts by either writing or drawing something that fits on a scale and you have to get the other players to guess as accurately as possible. For example, draw a bird that's 70% punk rock or make up a title of a movie that takes place in the 1950s. Then, everyone else will have to guess how punk rock the bird you drew is or which decade your movie title is from. You get points for guessing well so it's very satisfying to answer prompts in an effective manner then watch everyone rake in the points, including yourself.

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Some answers are cleverer than others

Quixort 1 to 10 players

Finally, there's Quixort which right up front, I'll admit I didn't enjoy much. Well, as a single player game, it's actually kind of cool because you order blocks sequentially as best you can. Now that I think about it, it's probably the only Jackbox game that's more fun solo than it is via multiplayer. The reason for this is that waiting for the opposing team to complete their turn takes forever. Instead, I wish both teams played simultaneously or something. You could always put this game on whenever you want your friends to go home, though.

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I have no idea; do I seem like a Britney Spears fan?

The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is one of the better entries in the annual series although it still doesn't manage to reach the heights of the first installment. Perhaps we'll see a day when Jackbox Games will capture lightning in a bottle like that again; I sure hope we do!

  • + As expected, a general high level of quality for most included games
  • + Nonsensory poses a unique challenge
  • + More Fibbage is always good
  • - Most of the games are just recycled formulas from previous Party Packs
  • - Quixort is downright boring
  • - Why can't more games be for 2 players?
7.2 out of 10
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Official trailer for The Jackbox Party Pack 9
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