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Jackbox Party Pack 9 Review

Jackbox Party Pack 9

Alright gamers, we know why you are here. We know you want to hear whether or not Gotham Knights is trash or not? Wait, you are not here for that? Oh, well now this introduction is ruined. How about each of you come up with a new one and we’ll vote on it? You have thirty seconds.

Ok, let’s see what you got. Oh wait, you are here to find out if Jackbox Party Pack 9 is crazy and funny as its predecessors. Well, after playing quite a few rounds, we can easily say yes, but which game modes take home the prize, and which ones should be thrown in the trash? Let’s find out.

Jackbox Party Pack 9
Developer: Jackbox Games
Publisher: Jackbox Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox (Review), Switch, Apple, MAC, Epic, Amazon, and Steam
Release Date: October 20, 2022
Players: 1 to 10 (10,000)
Price: $29.99 USD

Jackbox Party Pack 9 Game Modes

For those who did not read out previous coverage of Jackbox Party Pack 9, what have you been doing? For those who are caught up, you get 500 points. Before diving into the latest installment, we will state that we found three of the game modes enjoyable, one adequate, and one should just be replaced with Murder Trivia Party.

Jackbox Party Pack 9 has five game modes; the game modes are Fibbage 4, Roomerang, Junktopia, Nonsensory, and Quixort. Our previous assessment matches the order we listed the game modes in. So why do we think Quixort is trash? Let’s break down each game mode from best to worst.

Fibbage 4

Fibbage 4 is a trivia game mode where players can write their own answers. Each player’s answer is meant to stump their opponents while they search for the correct answer. Fibbage 4 also features fan-submitted questions that are sometimes out of the ordinary.

This game mode also features Fibbage 4 Enough About You which makes players answer questions about the people in the lobby; if you are playing against randoms, you may never know what you’ll find out; even when playing with friends, you can still be surprised.

While playing this game mode, we learned quite a bit about our viewers including some things that probably shouldn’t have been said. Now, who can say what is true vs what was false, but some of the answers were hysterical. Fibbage 4 can be a lot of fun as long as people aren’t looking up answers.

Jackbox Party Pack 9 Roomerang

Roomerang

In Jackbox Party Pack 9‘s game mode Roomerang, players get to experience what it is like being in a reality tv game show. House guests get to name their characters, choose their personality traits, and fight to be the winner.

Each house guest starts out with five points and the house member with the most points at the end wins; the twist, players can not see their points. Winning a round grants players points; during the elimination round, players who vote off a player get a portion of their points.

When a player is eliminated, they have a chance to say their final goodbyes. Suddenly, the doorbell rings and someone similar comes through the door.

The name changes can be rather comical and the outfit and name changes can change the gender of the character. If you have watched the show big brother then you know how to play this game mode. Be careful or some alliances may be formed

Junktopia

Junktopia was easily our favorite game mode. In Junktopia, players must pick an item to sell, name it, and come up with its backstory. Players then vote on their favorite items. Based on the number of votes received, the item is appraised, then the total paid is subtracted from the appraisal to determine profit. The winner gets turned into a human.

While we played this game mode, we were able to see people’s creativity. The game’s haggle system can also throw a wrench into people’s plans since you never know if you will get a good deal. During our playthrough, we saw people come up with wild and unexpected answers that we never saw coming.

Nonsensory

In Nonsensory, players are subjected to a round of tests to discover their psychic abilities. In this game mode, players are given prompts and are required to either write or draw the answer.

The other players are then required to guess where it falls on a spectrum based on what was submitted. If you are confident in your answer, you can lock it in for a bigger risk of points.

During our time with Jackbox Party Pack 9’s Nonsensory, we discovered that most people can’t draw on their phones. Additionally, the game would ask some questions that some of the players did not understand.

Jackbox Party Pack 9 Quixort

Quixort

Finally, there is Quixort. Quixort was by far our least favorite game mode. In this game mode, players are divided into two teams and must arrange answers in order based on the prompt. Each round, players are given a prompt without giving to much detail. Players can choose to trash answers if they do not feel that it matches the prompt.

The biggest problem with this game mode was easily the prompts. The prompts were too vague and even when you had an idea what it might be, you could be wrong. We found the mystery prompts to be more fun because you typically get a better option. In our time playing Jackbox Party Pack 9, we only played Quixort twice. Honestly, it is not one we’d go back to unless people requested it.

The game mode does feature a play forever mode but how many will play this mode?

Game Settings

Jackbox Party Pack 9 features a variety of settings to make it a great game to stream. Let’s be honest, you are most likely going to play this online with others rather than at someone’s house. The game features a family-friendly mode and a profanity filter. The game also features the ability for US-focused questions and for there to be moderators.

The host can also add subtitles and change timer lengths. Players no longer have to hide the room code thanks to a new feature and can require players to be signed in through Twitch in order to play. Players can also sign in by scanning a QR code.

Verdict

If you have never played Jackbox Games before Jackbox Party Pack 9 is definitely a great place to start. The game features three very enjoyable game modes and one adequate game mode. Honestly, you can skip Quixort.

But if you have a group of friends that you like to play with or enjoy streaming, Jackbox Party Pack 9 is a great game to play with others.

If you are looking for others, the game has a great community with people always up to play. The addition of new settings makes the game potentially more family-friendly and streamer friendly. If you are looking for a game to stream or play with others, give Jackbox 9 a chance. Additionally, if the host disconnects, the game does not immediately end, giving the host time to reconnect.

Jackbox Party Pack 9 was reviewed on Xbox Series X|S with a review code was provided by Jackbox Games. You can find additional information about Niche Gamer’s review/ethics policy here. The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is now available Windows PC (via Steam).

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The Verdict: 8

The Good

  • Mostly fun game modes
  • Variety of game types
  • Streamer friendly settings
  • Family friendly settings
  • Easy access with mobile with new QR feature.

The Bad

  • Quixort misses the mark
  • If you don't but on controller start, lobby can be held hostage
  • Filters do not always work

About

Hardcore gaming enthusiast, cosplayer, streamer, Tall Anime lover (6ft 9), and a die-hard competitor. I have been a Pop-Culture Journalist since 2011 specializing in shooters, Pokemon, and RPGs.