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Quiplash: Party Fun From You Don't Know Jack Devs

You Don’t Know Jack makers Jackbox Games dropped a partybomb of fun to have with friends in The Jackbox Party Pack last year, collecting a load of phrase-drawing, question-answering, lie-telling party games. This week they released the follow-up, Quiplash [official site], a game about coming up with funny answers to prompts then voting on winners. That sounds a bit of a lark in itself, but it has the twist of being designed with streaming in mind, letting viewers join in and vote.

Quiplash is made for 3-8 players, with games running about fifteen minutes. Each round players are given prompts – e.g. “The worst theme for a pinball table”, “A double rainbow doesn’t have gold at the end of it. Instead, it has _______” – and are given a few seconds to come up with funny answers. Only two players receive the same prompt, going head-to-head when answers are revealed. Everyone votes on which they want to win, and viewers get a say too. See, folks can watch the game simply by going to the game’s site and entering the room’s code.

It’s meant to be played in the same room, with people using their phones and tablets and laptops and things as input, but it also works perfectly fine over Skype screen sharing and whatnot. Say, if you and some cyberpals want to stream it.

The prompts lean towards the silly and crude, though players are given a blank space to write in so you can crack whatever kind of jokes you please, making it different from the tedious “SHOCK HORROR GASP HOW OUTRAGEOUS!” of Cards Against Humanity. If you want scandalous jokes, you’ll need to come up with them yourself rather than rely on a card to say a rude word for you. I myself know over nine rude words.

Jackbox helped fund Quiplash with a Kickstarter earlier this year.

Quiplash is out for Windows and Mac on Steam and the Humble Store for £6.99/$9.99.

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