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.

8 Comments

  1. Marblecake says:

    Sounds like a more free-form Cards Against Humanity.

  2. pullthewires says:

    So it’s for people so contrarian they want to pretend they don’t like CAH but still want to play it?

    • mfcrocker says:

      It extends it out to people who like the format but don’t like CAH’s humour. As marblecake said – it’s a lot more freeform.

      Given I was already planning on a solid Jackbox sesh Saturday night, this has been snap-bought :D

      • pullthewires says:

        CAH is easy enough to adapt to a more freeform style by just not using the provided answer cards, and it’s still the same style of humour because this only works with the openly offensive (Rwanda! Bulimia!) or non-sequiturs (Soup! Baseball!)

      • ensor says:

        Or people could just buy Apples to Apples, the game that CAH is (except with “naughtiness” added).

        (There needs to be some clever middle ground between these two overly simplistic poles – I still don’t know why either game doesn’t crib from other party games and ask directly personal questions, which opens up much more interesting decision-making and adds potential stakes to winning points.

    • Ole Bekkelund says:

      Basically it’s for people who want to play the ‘Michael Jackson’ and ‘Auschwitz’ cards for every occasion.

  3. oueddy says:

    That’s right! A record scratch sound effect!

  4. UberWaz says:

    Haha. The Rwandan genocide WOULD make a hilarious theme for a pinball machine.

    All those children hacked to death. Hilarious.

    Just so funny.