Jackbox.TV | What It Is And How To Play

Feature | Jackbox.TV | What It Is And How To Play

Jackbox.TV has been the savior for players who want something other than Cards Against Humanity to entertain guests. Plus, it provides a way for everyone to continue their family game nights regardless of where they are in the world. Learn more about this innovative setup now.

Jackbox.TV | A Fun New Way to Entertain Guests and Connect with Friends

In This Article:

 

What Is Jackbox.TV?

View this post on Instagram

#steamsalesaturday Today I present to you the most innovative yet surprisingly simple set of games that make you wonder why nobody else is using this concept. For #jackboxgames the idea is simple: unite your gamerfriends and have a lovely evening in the livingroom, playing together. How they do that? They combine the big screen with all mobile phones, so everybody can participate. The games they have vary from hilarious #quizgames, lovely #datinggames hauntingly #horrorgames and creative #drawinggames all adding up to a perfect night! #jackbox #jackboxtv #jackboxpartypack #steam #steamsale #sale #multiplayer #multiplatform #multidevice #television #computer #pc #mobile #gamewithfriends #gametogether #gametogetherstaytogether #partygames #partygame #partygadgets #agame #gameparty #gamefun #gamedaily #gameparable

A post shared by Game Parable (@gameparable) on

Jackbox.TV is the brainchild of video developer Jackbox Games. It’s been around since 1995, when it released its first game for PCs called “You Don’t Know Jack.” It eventually pulled back from making video games around early 2000. Rather, it focused on creating interactive business apps to help customer service departments.

This success encouraged the company to jump back into the world of video games. It released the 2008 iOS version of “You Don’t Know Jack” for the new generation. Seeing its potential, the team expanded their games to become available in mobile, console, and social media apps.

Today, players can access their games on almost all types of devices. This makes Jackbox.TV easy, convenient, and quick to use:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Steam
  • Facebook
  • Twitch
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Comcast Xfinity X1 Platform
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Humble
  • Fanatical

How to Play Jackbox Games

Jackbox.TV doesn’t require a complicated installation process. It also doesn’t need you to be a technical genius to start playing. Nevertheless, you need a controller, which can be your phone or tablet. You also need a couple games, which we will cover in a little bit. Lastly, you require a device to stream the game, and you have plenty of options for that (as mentioned above).

To start playing Jackbox.TV games, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the game through your chosen platform.
  2. Navigate to the Jackbox.TV website on your phone, tablet, or another wireless device.
  3. Wait for the lobby screen to appear with the four-letter room code. You’ll need to enter this code into your video game platform with your controller.
  4. Enter your name and then press “Play” to join your chosen game. You’ll know it worked if you see your name come up on the screen.

The first player to make it in earns the VIP designation. They can start the game once all the players have joined. Many games support up to eight players at a time.

Jackbox.TV should be compatible with all the following browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • iOS 6.1 or higher
  • Android 4.0 or higher
  • Silk

We can’t make any guarantees for playability to anyone using rooted or jail-broken devices. Android users would be better off using Google Chrome than the default browser.

Other Troubleshooting Tips

Are you encountering technical issues? You can try these:

  • Disable your private browser setting if you find yourself getting a blank or white screen.
  • Don’t have more than one user logging in on a browser through any one device.
  • Those using systems with Windows XP should not use Internet Explorer to access games.
  • Those on satellite TV can expect slower gameplay.
  • Disable any ad blocker or other software designed to prevent pop-ups.
  • Refresh your browser if you get disconnected.
  • Those playing on a PC may need to disable their antivirus software, as it sometimes interferes with the games.
  • You must host games on one of the consoles listed above. Players can’t join a game if they haven’t downloaded to their source device.
  • Learn to wait. Certain games force you to wait until a current session ends before allowing new players in.
  • Make sure you’ve enabled JavaScript and cookies if you’re unable to play after connecting through your device.

Jackbox.TV Games to Pick

Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular Jackbox games:

  • Drawful 2 It’s a new take on Pictionary where you create a drawing others must decipher. This game doesn’t make you a better artist, much to the dismay of friends competing against you.
  • Quiplash  Reminiscent of games like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, it lets you fill in the blanks to statements in a humorous way. You earn votes if your competitors believe you’re as funny as you think you are!
  • Fibbage This game requires you to guess all sorts of fun facts about friends and family. Do you really know them as well as you think?

You can also get multiple games in one bundle by purchasing a Jackbox Party Pack. Having lots of games in one package gives you plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained for hours.

 

How fun are the Jackbox.TV games? Just watch these LetsPlay boys play one of the coolest games from the party pack:

Want to Unplug for a Bit?

 

Jackbox.TV games let you use the Internet in a positive, bond-affirming way with those close to you. Get everyone to carve out some time and find new ways of being together. There’s no reason for distance to keep everyone from having fun together.

Do let us know in the comments section below if you’ve tried playing Jackbox.TV games.

Up Next: Top 11 Chromebook Games

Jackbox.TV | What It Is And How To Play
5 (100%) 5 votes

Previous

Next

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2,901 Noobies Have a Head Start... Don't Be Left Out!

2,901 Noobies Have a Head Start... Don't Be Left Out!

Get Noobie's nooest tech articles, exclusive email-only deals, free giveaways, tips and event notifications, all delivered straight to your inbox! 

And for a limited time, receive Noobie's popular audio presentation, "10 Tricks to Become a Happier Computer Owner", for free!

Congratulations, you made a great decision! Check your email box in the next 15 minutes for your free presentation.