Seven entries in, "Jackbox" remains clever and inventive.

User Rating: 10 | The Jackbox Party Pack 7 NS

The "Jackbox" series is one I've grown very fond of. A very accessible set of multiplayer games that anyone can join at any time, these games have regularly provided some extremely fun and unique gameplay concepts (and have also given my circle of friends some chaotic, hilarious memories as well). Having a series like this during a global pandemic was also a bit of a blessing: in a world where physical hangouts got taken away, it was awesome that we had "Jackbox" as a series of fun, accessible multiplayer games that we all could play from home. With how much I loved "The Jackbox Party Pack 5" and "The Jackbox Party Pack 6," I was excited for whatever the seventh entry would throw at us. Little did I know what was in store in this new, chaotic pack of games.

I don’t need to dig into the general aspects of "The Jackbox Party Pack 7" too heavily. Most of you already know that the series is known for its accessible gameplay and frantic multiplayer, and that doesn't change here. Of course, we'll instead focus on each individual game, and fortunately, I can once again report that every game on here is a winner. I could give longer, more detailed reviews of each, but instead, I'll just try to give quick sum-ups of each game starting with "Quiplash 3." We all know "Quiplash" and how fun it is at this point, and Hell, I even reviewed it individually. That doesn't change with this new installment, and I like the new "Final Lash" that appears at the end of the game. Instead of submitting one answer, you record three separate responses. This allows for a lot more creativity, and even more wild responses. "The Devil and the Details" is perhaps one of my favorite "Jackbox" games yet: here, you take control of a family of devils completing tasks together, while trying to make sure no one gets up to selfish mischief. It captures the wild spirit of "Jackbox" perfectly and is a wonderful addition to the collection. "Champ'd Up" is a play on the formula of "Tee K.O.," but instead of drawing shirts, you create characters who fight in a boxing ring. It's a nice change of pace and another example of the classic drawing formula of "Jackbox" coming to life. "Talking Points" is another personal favorite: you must give a presentation on a topic you don't know anything about, while another player controls the pictures that appear on your presentation. This may be the "Jackbox" game that's gotten some of the biggest laughs out of me: watching people try to keep up with the pictures of the presentation and play them off in their scenarios is just gold. "Blather 'Round" is also an extremely fun game: this plays on the formula of something like "Charades," but the presenter can only describe their person/place/thing using pre-formed sentences. This makes the guessing even more hectic, and it allows the game to become an underrated part of the "Jackbox" collection.

Like "The Jackbox Party Pack 6," I can't complain about the individual games too much: this is one of the few "Jackbox" collections that feels like it has all hits and no misses. The only negative I can point out, though, is that I have noticed the game tended to crash a little bit. I noticed it the most in "Blather ‘Round," and while it may be the product of playing it on the Nintendo Switch, I have noticed it on my friends' copies of the PC version. It's not frequent enough to be annoying, but it's there. Hopefully, it gets fixed with a patch.

Overall, though, "The Jackbox Party Pack 7" is another excellent addition to the "Jackbox" collection and one that I can't recommend highly enough. If you enjoy the series, you'll absolutely love this one, and if you haven't played any of them yet, this would be a very good point to jump in with. With how much these games surprise me, I can't wait to see what happens with "The Jackbox Party Pack 8."

Final rating: 10 out of 10 "Fantastic"