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The Jackbox Party Pack 8

Publisher: Jackbox Games

  • Price: $29.99
  • Release Date: Oct 14, 2021
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • Having generally been a fan of the Jackbox games, and this series, since the start it’s always interesting to see how each new pack ends up playing out. In general, this time it seems fresh ideas and more of a focus on drawing as a whole are in play, and that also generally makes it more likely results will vary with tastes. Both Drawful Animate and Weapons Drawn represent the artistic (well, as much as you can be with your finger, a time limit, and very few tools) side of things and I think enjoyment is heavily tied to how much you and your friends like to get their Pictionary-esque sides flowing with their different spins on how to make use of your talents. The Poll Mine seems to be the biggest swing of the bunch, trying to make people assess the consensus rankings to prompts among their friends, an interesting idea, but I’m not sure the fun comes through with its more sluggish pacing. Trivia fans will likely be drawn to The Wheel of Enormous Proportions, which will give you lists of potential answers to properly associate with a given prompt or topic, with accurate answers being tied to better odds for winning on a big wheel that opens the door to potentially anyone coming out on top with a little luck. Finally, there’s my family’s favorite of the bunch, Job Job, which simply had the best sense of humor overall and we loved the concept of having to take the answers other players gave to prompts to construct our own answers to new ones. It made for a consistently silly challenge, and it always seems the Jackbox crew does best when having players focused on words and language. I wouldn’t consider it to be one of their best packs overall (they have some tough company), but again it may be one of their more wholly unique ones, which may have appeal on those grounds alone for series fans.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.4]

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