The Jackbox games have pretty well become a staple at my house for fun when we have people over. In the case of this sixth party pack while there’s fun to be had, for sure, and none of the games are redundant (which is a good thing), compared to previous outings this one just doesn’t have quite the star power of some of its predecessors. The only sequel in the pack, Trivia Murder Party 2, is a lot of fun just like the original. The mix of trivia, morbid mini games, and plenty of gallows humor works nicely and it serves as a great start. Following that up there’s Role Models which isn’t so much a competitive game as a fun way to have some laughs as you and your friends categorize one another with forced prompts so you can all discover which Classic Movie Hero you believe each of you could be. After that you have Joke Boat, a mix of Mad Libs and trying to come up with the best punchlines to complete what aren’t always helpful prompts that result for head to head joke-offs. Next there’s Dictatorium, which has a core that feels like some of their great classic titles with an emphasis on everyone trying to be funny in working with made up words. Weirdly this one is over very quickly and never feels like it gets a chance to get a proper rhythm going and it falls short of its contemporaries. Finally, there’s the alien-discovering Push the Button, where in a round robin fashion you and your friends will be put through some paces to discover who among you is the human and who is the alien. Though playable with only 4 people this one is far more effective with a larger group and has a lot of potential for varied and unpredictable fun. While it isn’t among their best packs the games are still all entertaining and have their own sense of style.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.2]