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Posted : Thursday, 13 April 2017, 16:41 | Permalink

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So Jackbox Party Box 3 is out on Switch, and I LOVE YDKJ, so whipped it up.
(After checking my scarily diminishing bank balance!!)

I was more than a little disappointed that.
A. ALL of the games require you to join in using your phone/iPad. The game CANNOT be played natively on the Switch.
B. ALL of the games require at least 2 players, and 3 of the 5 games require at least 3 players., pretty much no Testing the games on your own, then.

Unless, like me, you have a fuckton of Android test devices lying around!!

The Switch connects to the website, and you're given a 4 letter code.
Open the site on your phone/tablet, and enter the code, to link your device to the game.
Doing it this way means that..
1. You can have a LOT of players!!
2. You're at the mercy of internet lag.
For the most part the games are Question based, and there aren't really any timers to deal with. Things flow smoothly "enough", considering the server is (more than likely) over the other side of an ocean!!
It works well. There's one specific point where it can be tetchy, but we'll get to that later.

So, here's my single-player, lonely fella, guide to trying to play Jackbox Party 3 on your own, with a fuckton of mobile devices sprawled out on the bed, in front of you.


Quiplash 2 (Players : 3+)
A humorous caption game.
The game gives a "thing" such as "a funny name for a biscuit" or "a terrible tv show" and players have to type in the funniest thing they can thing of.
You then vote on which is the best, and the voted winner gets points.
This is an ok'ish game, but realistically it needs a bunch of players to play it properly. Not a game you can enjoy on your own.
As a party game, maybe more fun.

Trivia Murder Party (Players : 2+)
A quiz show, where if you get a single question wrong, you're killed off!
A minigame might save you, but those aren't very playable when you've got internet lag to contend with
Example. The game wanted me to tap letters in a grid to find a word. I naturally went "tap tap tap", but by the time I hit the third letter, I realised the first hadn't been "activated" due to net lag.
Instead I had to prod slowly and forcibly. Something that wouldn't be an issue under any other circumstances.
As a group game, I'd be worried about having to explain to everyone that playing the mini games is laggy.
As a single player, I'd much prefer "The Quiz" in the pack to be a new version of You Don't Know Jack.
A good idea ruined by internet connectivity.

Guesspionage (Players : 2+)
I liked this game, it was a lot of fun.
An internet/global poll is taken and you have to guess the percentage of folk who answered one way or the other.
E.g., percentage of people who've eaten frogs legs.
The chosen player selects a specific percentage, then everyone else votes higher or lower.
Chosen player scores based on how close they were, whilst everyone else gets points on whether high or low was right.
Plays really well, and is even fun on your own with a tablet and a phone!!

Fakin' It (Players : 3+)
I couldn't enjoy this game on my own. It'd be much MUCH better in multiplayer.
A task is given on the mobile devices, e.g. "Hold up your hand if you're in a relationship."
One of the players does not see the task.
A timer goes off, and on the count of three you all raise your hand or not, based on whether you fit the question.
You can discuss in the group why you did or didn't put your hand up, and the "faker" has to try to be as convincing as they can.
You then vote on who's the faker, and points are awarded based on that.
It's a good enough game, but not for a single player.. and realistically it can't possibly work with two, either. You definitely need a group for it to work right.

Tee KO (Players : 3+)
This was shit.
Essentially it's pictionary without the captions.
"Draw the best tshirt design you can" asks the host.
and that's pretty much fucking it.
You then vote on the best design.
Seriously, that's it.
Utter utter crap...


Overall, I liked 2 of the games (Fakin' it and Guesspionage) and out of those Guesspionage is the most LonelyOldFart playable.
£20 for one game, which in order to play you need an extra two devices?
If you're a sad loser like me, I really wouldn't recommend this.

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Posted : Friday, 14 April 2017, 00:49 | Permalink

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Why on earth not have it completely stand alone with the option for multiplayer over the net. D'oh!

That sounds like a mega fuck up to me. You just know that they'll close the server in six months once negative reviews kill any sales. And those poor souls that did buy it won't be able to play it.

TBH (and IMHO) none of the games actually sounds like much fun (as presented); better off getting 1-2 Switch and I wouldn't recommend that to anyone, even as a freebie.
Posted : Friday, 14 April 2017, 07:49 | Permalink

I like the game on steam. But i have always wondered why it isnt 100% online without the need for a host computer of some sort.

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