Every year since 2014, Jackbox Games has released a new entry in its Jackbox Party Pack party game series. The premise is simple: every Jackbox Party Pack features five or so party games that players interact with using their phones. Each new Jackbox Party Pack installment comes with a fresh batch of mini-games to play, with a mix of brand-new ideas and sequels to popular games from previous entries in the series.
The latest title from Jackbox Games is something a little different, however. The Jackbox Party Starter is not a full-fledged new entry in the Jackbox Party Pack series. Instead, it packages together three popular games from previous Jackbox Party Pack collections while updating them to meet the standards of the newest entries in the franchise. It’s meant to be an appetizer of sorts for one to decide if the Jackbox Party Pack games are something they would be interested in, but all things considered, it would likely make more sense for someone to spring for one of the full Jackbox Party Pack games instead.
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The Jackbox Party Starter collects Tee K.O., Trivia Murder Party 2, and Quiplash 3 from The Jackbox Party Pack 3, The Jackbox Party 6, and The Jackbox Party Pack 7, respectively. However, it might make more sense for one to purchase The Jackbox Party Pack 3 instead, as that features both Tee K.O. and Quiplash 2, as well as the original Trivia Murder Party, Guesspionage, and Fakin’ It. At the time of this writing, The Jackbox Party Pack 3 retails for $24.99, while The Jackbox Party Starter is $19.99, so it seems like one would get more value from going with the older game.
The selection of games in The Jackbox Party Starter is somewhat head-scratching when considering The Jackbox Party Pack 3 exists, and it’s difficult to imagine exactly who this game is for. Longtime Jackbox Party Pack players likely already have access to all these games, and so would be better off waiting for The Jackbox Party Pack 9’s release…