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There is a game about drawing weapons in Jackbox Party Pack 8. No, this is not Drawful, because you will not guess what the other party’s weapon is. In weapon drawing, your work is a smokescreen of murder mystery. Hidden in each murder weapon drawing is a letter from the artist’s name (it can be a business card if you want), and identifying it is the only reliable way to know who.
You can also name the party guests who are the target of the murder, whether it is “Pipplebuff Crumblebottom” or “George Pleasedontkillmeton”. In our last game of drawing weapons on Thanksgiving, I had to draw out a sword and figure out how to hide my whistleblower “M” in it. I decided to disguise the spiked consonant as the hilt of a sword. Before my friends remembered it, pretending to work for six full seconds, suspicious The shape of the handle.
If you have been tracking, this makes weapon drawing part art game, part hidden identity, part creative writing. I have never played a similar game before, considering that there are now 40(!) Jackbox games in total, which is really amazing. With Party Pack 8, you might think that our team is tired of entering room codes and drawing obscure prompts, but Jackbox can surprise us every year.
I think Jackbox is very good at borrowing concepts from its own games to make new games, which is very helpful. For example, weapon drawing is a murder distortion of Drawful and Fakin’ It. The Wheel of Enormous Proportions is the most casual game in this package, with the same trivia format as Trivia Murder Party, with randomization added by spinning the wheel. Drawful Animate is… well, it’s just more Drawful, except now you can draw a few frames to tell a story.
One of my favorite mixes in Party Pack 8 is Job Job. This requires players to answer as many benign prompts as possible. Then the player must answer a new prompt, but only with a set of words from the previous answer. The results usually sound like auto-correction challenges that are grammatically correct but never really make sense.
“I don’t eat tacos, because why bother with a fork and spoon on Wednesday,” this is how I roughly remember when answering questions about food. I promise it made sense at the time-you must be there. Then, the group voted for their favorite answer (such as the classic Quiplash). I have always liked that you can be serious or interesting in games like this, and the additional burden of limiting word choices makes both choices more challenging.
The biggest victory of Party Pack 8 is Poll Mine. If you are all players, this is basically Family Feud. and The investigation. It is also team-based, which is clearly the first of Jackbox games. The team takes a few minutes to answer a survey (some simple things, such as ranking Pringles’ tastes or greeting forms), and then take turns guessing which answers are the least popular or most popular in the group.
I didn’t expect to like this because the regular family hatred is a bit bad, but this change is genius. Unlike general population surveys where the answers are inconsistent, you can use your own answers as a benchmark to find the answers in your friends’ minds. Do you disclose your answers to help in the short term, or do you shut up so that your opponents cannot share the benefits?If Poll Mine sounds interesting, I will write in more detail here.
For Jackbox, this is a good year. Most packs have one or two notorious games that we rarely go back to, but Party Pack 8 is nothing more than a trickster (unless you have played a billion rounds of Drawful, in which case the animation won’t increase much). Just don’t make it your first Jackbox-the slightly more complicated rules of weapon drawing and polls are a bit confusing for beginners.