Just in time for the holiday season, Jackbox Games are back with their fourth yearly collection of kooky party games. After last year's impressive Jackbox Party Pack 3, does this follow-up make for a lively party or are you better off sticking with the classics?
Fibbage 3 (2 to 8 players)
Fibbage is back after its XL version as featured in the original Jackbox Party Pack and its sequel in The Jackbox Party Pack 2. This time around, players are treated to a groovy '70s theme as they play which I thoroughly enjoy as a fan of that era. It's still generally the same game that Jackbox fans are used to which is good because Fibbage is awesome and now there's more of it. What else can I say?
Fibbage: Enough About You (3 to 8 players)
Now, here's where things get interesting! Enough About You is a spin-off of Fibbage where you answer questions about the people that you're playing with. For example, when prompted with the question "Which celebrity's garage sale would Jimmy like to go to?", Jimmy enters the truth while his friends enter things that they think he'll say. Later, Jimmy's friends try and guess what he entered. It's such a clever spin on the classic formula and my friends and I had a blast with it. Overall, it's the perfect game to play with a group of people who think they know each other quite well.
Survive the Internet (3 to 8 players)
I don't want to go on a rant but ever since Jackbox Games created Quiplash, they've been using the same basic formula for many of their other games. Honestly, I don't like Quiplash because it gets boring quite fast but you can read all about that in my full Quiplash review. Anyway, Survive the Internet is a bit more complex than Quiplash since you enter answers for certain prompts then those answers are given to other players who will write their own prompt to try and make you look bad. For example, you may reply "I like how it tastes" to "What do you think about ice cream?" then a friend may change the prompt to "How do you feel about poop?" to make it look like you eat poop. Again, it doesn't have much staying power as the gameplay lacks a long-lasting fun factor.
Monster Seeking Monster (3 to 7 players)
Where do I start with this one? Monster Seeking Monster basically tasks players with chatting to each other then picking who they want to date. Each player also has a special ability that they're assigned which I guess is supposed to mix up the gameplay. All you do is choose who you want to date after chatting. I don't fully understand who this is supposed to appeal to but perhaps it was designed to be played at a singles mixer. Therefore, its appeal is extremely limited as you definitely wouldn't want to play this with your family.
Bracketeering (3 to 16 players)
I already talked about my thoughts on Quiplash and this game is basically the same thing except it features a drawn-out elimination tournament to decide what the wittiest thing is. In other words, it's Quiplash but far less immediately enjoyable. The best thing about it is that the prompt may change after everyone answers it which can result in some rather clever match-ups.
Civic Doodle (3 to 8 players)
Of course, there has to be some sort of drawing game. In the past, we played Drawful, Bidiots, and Tee K.O. Thankfully, Civic Doodle is a ton of fun, too. Basically, two players simultaneously draw on an existing drawing within a very limited amount of time. Next, people vote on what the best picture is then another couple of players add to the drawing and so on. At the end, you name the picture and everyone votes on their favourite title. It's easy to play and enjoyable for the whole family.
Although it features a fun take on Fibbage and a new enjoyable drawing game, The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is unfortunately the weakest entry in the series so far. I hope Jackbox Games create a more original offering next year like they did with Jackbox 3.
- + More Fibbage with a groovy '70s theme
- + Fibbage: Enough About You is a fantastic game to play with friends and family
- + Civic Doodle is a barrel of laughs
- - Monster Seeking Monster has limited appeal
- - Survive the Internet and Bracketeering are too much like the overrated Quiplash
- - Most games require at least 3 players