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The Jackbox Party Pack is a series of collections of games created by Jackbox Games. Each game is unique in that instead of using a traditional controller, everyone plays using their cell phones, tablets, or computers. There are currently five games in the series, each with five games included:

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    The Jackbox Party Pack 
  • You Don't Know Jack 2015 note 
  • Fibbage XL note 
  • Drawfulnote 
  • Word Spud note 
  • Lie Swatter note 
    The Jackbox Party Pack 2 
  • Fibbage 2 note 
  • Earwax note 
  • Bidiots note 
  • Quiplash XL note 
  • Bomb Corp note 
    The Jackbox Party Pack 3 
  • Quiplash 2 note 
  • Trivia Murder Party note 
  • Guesspionage note 
  • Tee K.O. note 
  • Fakin' It note 
    The Jackbox Party Pack 4 
  • Fibbage 3 note 
  • Survive the Internet note 
  • Monster Seeking Monster note 
  • Civic Doodle note 
  • Bracketeering note 
    The Jackbox Party Pack 5 
  • You Don't Know Jack : Full Stream note 
  • Split The Room note 
  • Mad Verse City note 
  • Patently Stupid note 
  • Zeeple Dome

In addition to the above, there is the standalone Drawful 2 note , and a standalone version of Fibbage XL and Quiplash.


Note that tropes pertaining to You Don't Know Jack 2015 and 2018 belong on their series' page.

3... 2... 1... The Jackbox Party Pack contains examples of:

  • Amicable Exes: Toby and Leena in Patently Stupid. The most aggressive they really get with each other is when Leena says (as part of the tutorial) "Now you're stuck with someone else's problem" and Toby cheerfully remarks "Been there!". Other than that, if not for them introducing themselves as exes, you'd think they're still married or just coworkers.
  • Ascended Extra: Old Man from You Don't Know Jack is an employee of Bomb Corp and the mayor of Doodle Valley in Civic Doodle.
  • Adjustable Censorship: Every pack bar the first has a family filter mode that removes some of the more risque prompts and questions although the Jackbox site still warns of player interactions (i.e. expletives and crude drawings).
  • Affably Evil: The host of Trivia Murder Party, who's pretty jocular and humorous, and is a cheerfully Ax-Crazy Serial Killer.
  • All or Nothing: In Guesspionage, the second round has the "Much Higher" and "Much Lower" choices for the players not guessing the percentage. If the percentage the primary player guessed is thirty percent too high or too low, the choosing player gets double points. If the primary player's choice wasn't in that range, the choosing player gets no points.
  • Animesque: The art in Tee K.O., with a particular resemblance to the art in Taiko no Tatsujin.
  • Auction: Bidiots revolves around one where player-made pieces of art are auctioned off, hopefully to make the buyer profit (especially when bought with a low bid)... or high, to hopefully make the art's creator half the bid in commission while making sure the buyer doesn't profit much if at all. (If you're the creator, you want to just stop short of buying it yourself—if you buy it, the auctioneer tells you "This money's staying with the house," and you have to hope it's worth more than you paid.)
  • Audience Participation: In most games, if a group of players are livestreaming, then anyone who enters the room code while they're playing will enter the game as part of The Audience, who can pool together their votes for the best choice, provide prompt ideas, or even compete alongside the main players.
  • Battle Rapping: The robots in Mad Verse City partake in these. Players can create verses and have them judged by the other players.
  • Black Comedy: Bomb Corp frequently makes jokes about how your predecessors have died due to failure to properly disarm bombs. In addition, the host of Trivia Murder Party loves this, mostly due to, y'know, being a murderer.
  • The Cameo:
    • Monster Seeking Monster features Billy O'Brien from You Don't Know Jack as one of the monsters.
    • A monster in the sign-in screen for the game is also wearing a button of the owl from Drawful.
    • The sequence explaining how to play Monster Seeking Monster features a picture of Octoputtz from Word Puttz.
    • Billy O'Brien makes a cameo in Split the Room. One of the men from Fakin' It makes a brief appearance as well.
    • A robot in Mad Verse City has a Tamagachi-esque device for its head, baring a stylized version of the Drawful owl. Should there be an odd number of players, Gene from Survive the Internet fills in, complete with a stylized head from his respective game in a computer monitor that acts as his robot's head.
  • Canon Welding:
    • Fictional businesses from various iterations of You Don't Know Jack, including "Tim Simian Chimp Mechanic," "Carpet: The Musical: The Experience" and "Vance Van Van's Van Lot," appear as a location in Doodle Valley in Civic Doodle.
    • A location known as "Where The Murders Happened" is a possible reference to Trivia Murder Party.
    • The streaming service Binjpipe becomes a constant presence throughout Pack 5, after they bought out You Don't Know Jack, In-Universe.
  • Can't Take Criticism: One of the prompts in Quiplash is "The World's Most Boring Video Game." Of course, nothing's stopping you from typing in "Quiplash," but doing so prompts Schmitty to respond with some very choice words...
    Schmitty: This game, really. You know what, f**k you. F**k you, f**k your mother, f**k your father... if you even have a f**kin' mother and father. You know how hard we worked on this f**king game? Piece of sh*t... You don't even know. You have noooo f**king idea. 'Oh, this game, ehh Quiplash euhhh it's boring' F**K YOU. What're you doing playing here, then?! And you wanna know what else? It isn't even f**king original. Somebody else answered the same g**damn thing yesterday. Ungrateful piece of sh*t... Alright, let's keep going!
  • Casting Gag: Tim Sniffen voices the host of Split the Room, an other-dimensional, all knowing being who's a bit of a Deadpan Snarker, a character that he's played before in another medium.
  • Comeback Mechanic: In the escape round of Trivia Murder Party, those not in first get a third choice so that they can more easily steal the lead.
  • Creator Cameo: Many of the games have the game's developers voicing incidental characters.
  • Deadly Game: Played for Laughs in Trivia Murder Party. The victims are dolls stuffed with cotton, and the killer is an Affably Evil trivia nerd.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All of the hosts, to the extent that it'd be easier to list the ones that aren't snarky in some way.
    The Killer: A totally respectable showing. I mean, BEFORE you messed up and ended up dead.
    M.O.T.H.E.R Apparently pressing a couple of buttons is more difficult than I had previously thought.
    Cookie: *in response to one of the correct answers* No-one knows just how they got there... Oh wait, no, we do. A guy put them there to attract tourists. Never mind.
  • Developers' Foresight: In Quiplash, certain quips will get custom responses from Schmitty, usually from obvious answers one would expect to see (e.g. "Name someone you'd want to hit with a wrecking ball." "Miley Cyrus"). Getting a response from Schmitty actually rewards you with an achievement/trophy.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect:
    • In Monster Seeking Monster many monster abilities are most effective (and sometimes only effective) when the player is disguised as a human. However, each night after the first, the highest ranking player will be unmasked. Many of these abilities are contingent on dating as many people as possible, which is what gives you points in the first place. Playing one of these roles is a balance between using them as an early game advantage and then playing the game normally, versus trying to play dumb and hoping you can score a big windfall at the end.
    • In Trivia Murder Party, the "Greed" minigame asks the involved players to take money from a big pile on the floor. Whoever takes the most or the least amount dies. This routinely leads to players making their bids based on what they think the other players will make.
  • Dwindling Party: The purpose of Trivia Murder Party is to progressively kill players in the Killing Floor's minigames until only one stays alive. This survivor can die too if they answer too many questions incorrectly in the final round.
  • Easter Egg: Entering "Arnie" (a reference to Jackbox employee Arnie Niekamp) as your name in Bidiots will give you a specific sound when you bid, specifically him saying his name. Entering either "Jackbox" or "Cookie" will change your paddle to the Jackbox Games logo.
  • End of the World as We Know It:
    • In Monster Seeking Monster, if a zombie manages to infect all the other players, then a zombie apocalypse immediately ends the game due to the zombie's power to turn other players they date into zombies.
    • A similar event occurs if the NPC Robot character comes in last place, causing them to flip out and destroy humanity.
  • Everyone Is Bi: All the monsters in Monster Seeking Monster freely date any of the other monsters, regardless of their gender.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The host of Trivia Murder Party comes with a very deep pitch-shifted voice. It makes his inflections sound funnier.
  • The Faceless: Continuing the tradition from You Don't Know Jack, none of the hosts show their face. Averted, however, in Quiplash's "Quip Pro Quo" achievement, which features a drawing of Schmitty's head— particularly odd since he's a returning host from YDKJ.
  • Fair-Play Villain: In-universe, the murderer host of Trivia Murder Party is actually quite sporting about giving his victims a chance to survive. None of his survival minigames are unwinnable (although a few like the Loser Wheel are heavily skewed in favor of death), and he always adheres to his rules regarding how his victims survive or die, letting them put their survival in their hands. Even his forcing the players to repeatedly spin the Loser Wheel after Question 9 has rationale behind it, as the host is doing it more for the sake of speeding the game along rather than out of malice or spite. The only time he acts out of pettiness is if every player answers the questions correctly twice in a row (three times in a row for single player), as he gets annoyed and forces them to play a minigame to "teach them a lesson." Just hope that the minigame he doesn't pick is the Loser Wheel...(yes, that CAN happen)
  • Fake Brit: One of the Predatory Loans jingles claims the host of Bidiots isn't really British.invoked
  • Fingore: One of the minigames in Trivia Murder Party forces you to choose a finger to cut off. The good news is that, unlike other minigames, you are guaranteed to survive this minigame unless you don't participate (in which case you only have yourself to blame). The bad news is that you cut off a finger, which prevents you from selecting certain answers relative to which finger you chose. Yes, even if it's the right one, you are forced to pick one of the incorrect answers instead.
  • Flawless Victory: In Guesspionage, if a player guesses any question's percentage exactly right, they get all of the points for that question, and their opponents get nothing.
  • Golden Snitch: While most of the games that use point-scoring systems generally amp up the number of points you can earn in the final round, two games in particular stand out in this regard:
    • Trivia Murder Party: The last player alive and the players with the three highest amounts of money get a head start, but the winner is solely determined by whoever makes it to the exit in the final round. Subverted in that the leading player can only move up to two steps for every question while alive, but those who are currently behind can move up to three steps. This makes it easy for anyone who didn't get a head start to catch up to those who did.
    • Tee-K.O.: It doesn't matter how many showdowns you won prior to the last round, the only way to win is if your t-shirt wins the very final showdown.
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • The Body Swapper from Monster Seeking Monster swaps scores with their dating partner on a Full Moon.
    • The final round of Trivia Murder Party has the last player alive try to make it to the exit, with the dead players as ghosts. If any of the ghosts catch up to the survivor, they steal their body, and the previous survivor becomes a ghost. This can happen many times in a back-and-forth game between first and second.
  • Hating on Monday: Bomb Corp frequently takes jabs on Wednesdays. The worst moments of Greg's life all happened on a Wednesday.
  • Healthcare Motivation: The nekomata in Tee-K.O. enters so they can get treatment for their ailing mother. If they win, the Mayo clinic would be so moved by the victory that they perform an operation to cure the mother free of charge...and give her bionic thumbs and a bluetooth spleen.
  • Interface Screw: The "Fingers" mini-game in Trivia Murder Party has a player choose which finger to cut off. For the rest of the game, the player can't select that option on any question, even if it's the right answer. The question choice on the player's device is replaced with a drawing of a finger.
  • Kill It with Fire: At the end of Trivia Murder Party, the players still trapped in the house when the winning player exits it are killed in an explosion, and if the audience's combined winnings can't beat the total of the winning player, they're killed too.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Some of the monsters in Monster Seeking Monster include a mummy, zombie, vampire, and mother.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Fibbage 3 uses a 1970s motif rather than the YDKJ motif, and the eyeballs from 2 have a larger presence (now as "eye-flowers" than people looking around). Also, selecting the game's lie now earns the player nothing rather than losing points.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: One of the random things the host of Trivia Murder Party talks about is how popular the game is on certain streaming websites, then complains about the lag one usually gets between the video feed and real time. It plays when the option for extended timers is selected prior to the start of the game, done so that players watching the game via stream don't have an inadvertent advantage in memory games by getting both the answer and the question available to them at the same time.
  • Level Editor: Quiplash 2 has an episode creation mode for up to sixty-four prompts each. The only part that can't be edited is "The Last Lash" as it uses different types of prompts.
  • Loan Shark: "Predatory Loans" in Bidiots offers buyers loans of $1000 in-game when they're low on cash; the catch is when the art is "cashed in" for true value, they take $1500 for each $1000 loan they offered — that's right, 50 percent interest.
  • Made of Explodium: Everything in Bomb Corp has the nasty habit of exploding the whole company, including unkept bombs, filing cabinets, keypads, coffee machines, broken copiers, and one of your alien employees. Greg's home is also full of bombs.
  • Mega-Corp: Binjpipe from Party Pack 5. They're your modern, omnipresent, datamine their customers to Hell and back, style streaming service and now they own and operate You Don't Know Jack.
  • My Beloved Smother: The Mother from Monster Seeking Monster is randomly assigned another player as her child, and gains bonus hearts every night they don't get a date, incentivizing them to go out of their way to sabotage their child.
  • Mythology Gag
    • One of the conversations overheard in the lobby for Guesspionage involves one co-worker noticing a portal behind a Burger King on one of the surveillance cameras. One of the co-workers casually dismisses it. Said co-worker is voiced by Arnie Niekamp, host of Magic Tavern. And adding on to that, the game's host is voiced by Magic Tavern co-host and voice of Chunt, Adal Rifai.
    • The screws from You Don't Know Jack make an appearance in Bidiots, which are used to force a player to bid on the current piece of art.
    • The You Don't Know Jack theme is used as one of the background songs in Trivia Murder Party.
    • The "Loser Wheel" from YDKJ Facebook returns in Trivia Murder Party. The overly large portion of the wheel is now death rather than gaining $1.
    • A past You Don't Know Jack game can appear on the desktop in Survive The Internet.
    • One of the locations on the map in Civic Doodle is "Tim Simian Chimp Mechanic", one of the "sponsors" from YDKJ Facebook.
    • The name of the new game mode in Fibbage 3, "Enough About You," was a phony game mentioned by Jackbox CEO Mike Builder in some commercials in some of the recent You Don't Know Jack games.
    • A pop up ad for "Ubernostrum," an old YDKJ commerical, appears in Survive the Internet.
    • In the intro for The Jackbox Party Pack 5, a CD-ROM for You Don't Know Jack: Lost Gold is seen flying from the Jackbox box.
    • A piece of graffiti during the intro to Mad Verse City reads "cookie was here."
  • Nightmare Face: The Mother from Monster Seeking Monster looks sweet and innocent, but reveals razor-sharp teeth whenever she ends up on a date (or is rejected). The Two-Faced Creep is similar, peeling off his disguise to reveal a hideous visage.
  • Non-Standard Game Over:
  • No Kill Like Overkill:
    • The Super Quiplash (500/1,000 point bonus) in Quiplash 2 requires 90% of the audience and every participant (in a 5+ player game) to vote on the same response they liked.
    • The Shirtality in ''Tee K.O." has a similar requirement as above. It results in the losing player's shirt being burned to ashes.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The darkness that begins to envelop the room in the final round of Trivia Murder Party. If a player falls behind by answering too many trivia questions incorrectly, they're completely devoured by the shadows with a terrified scream, leaving no trace remaining.
  • Oddball in the Series:
    • Word Spud is the only game across all packs that lacks a host.
    • Bomb Corp is the only cooperative game in the series. It also has the distinction of having an actual plot than being set up as a game show.
    • Split The Room marks the first time the host makes a physical appearance.
    • Zeeple Dome is a straight-up action game instead of a party game.
  • Packaged as Other Medium:
    • All the game boxes in Party Pack 4 are like this. Fibbage 3 is a 70's vinyl record cover, Monster Seeking Monster is a wooden coffin, Survive the Internet is a CD-Rom in its jewel case, Civic Doodle is a spray paint set, and Bracketeering is a Nintendo 64-esque game cartridge.
    • Party Pack 5 continues this tradition with its games, save for YDKJ: Full Stream. Split the Room is an old analogue TV, Mad Verse City is a toy robot package, Patently Stupid is a service poster with stubs where the phone number goes and Zeeple Dome resembles the box of an Atari 2600 game from Activision.
  • Posthumous Character: Trevor, the previous intern of Bomb Corp who died some time before the players joined. Turns out that Old Man's real name is Trevor, and most of the company never knew who Trevor was according to a whiteboard in the background. An employee names her newborn child "Trevor", not in honor but because it means "raccoon" in her alien language.
  • Prisoner's Dilemma: The Killing Floor uses this with the "Decisions, Decisions" mini-game. The host leaves a pile of money on the floor, and victims have the option of taking the money or leaving it alone. If no one takes the money, no one dies. If some players take the money, the host will kill everyone who didn't. If everyone takes the money, everyone dies (occasionally, the host will kill everyone if everyone did or didn't take any money). While collaboration to keep everyone alive is possible, you better hope that whoever you're playing with doesn't have Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. And it's not uncommon to see every player involved in the minigame get killed from taking the money, especially if lots of people are involved, since it's unlikely for one player to be magnanimous enough to "take one for the team." If you're going to die anyway, you might as well take as many people down with you, right?
  • Quote Mine: The point of Survive the Internet is to take another player's answer to an unrelated question and create a new context for it to make it sound ridiculous.
  • Retreaux: Bomb Corp. has NES-esque graphics and music.
    • Mad Verse City has a very nineties hip-hop aesthetic, and the robots are ShoutOuts to other things that were popular in that era.
    • The desktop and browser in Survive the Internet have a late 90s/early 00s look to them, with the desktop background being a parody of the standard green hill one in Windows XP.
  • Running Gag: Each game in The Jackbox Party Pack 5 makes some reference to Binjpipe, the fictional streaming platform in You Don't Know Jack: Full Stream:
    • One of the question intros in Split the Room begins with "Binjpipe presents..."
    • Mad Verse City depicts a "Binjstore" in the cityscape.
    • The hotel seen in Patently Stupid is named "laBINJ."
  • Self-Deprecation: Survive the Internet pokes fun at the lack of popularity of other Jackbox games, mainly Word Spud and Word Putz.
  • Shout-Out: The achievement/trophy icon for Guesspionage features the dolphin icon next to a percentage of 42%.
  • Something Completely Different: Zeeple Dome is, so far, the only action game in any Party Pack.
  • Stalked by the Bell: If a game of Trivia Murder Party goes on past the tenth round and at least two people are still alive, the host gets fed up and forces the remaining players to the Killing Floor anyway, often resulting in them spinning the Loser Wheel, which results in a 6/7 chance of death.
  • Stealth Pun: The Two-Faced Creep from Monster Seeking Monster is a handsome looking man who gains extra hearts by two-timing the other players. Whenever he gets a date (or is rejected), he peels off his disguise to reveal his true form... as a pig monster.
  • Stock Sound Effects: The crux of Earwax involves picking two of these from a list in response to a prompt. Examples include machine gun fire, children laughing, and, of course, the Wilhelm Scream.
  • Sudden Death: Trivia Murder Party does this.
    • If a player gets a question wrong and they're still alive, they go to the Killing Floor with whomever else got that question wrong. There, they must play a game and keep from being the worst player to avoid getting killed; if they were the ONLY player alive who got it wrong, they must do better than a target number (the "Math" game) or better than a random player (the "Words" game) to stay alive. "Fingers" only causes you to lose a finger and keeps you from using that choice the rest of the game, but if that "lost choice" was the right answer...
    • If at least two people are alive past the tenth round, those folks go to the "Loser Wheel," where they must spin the Wheel, and lower/lowest score starts first.
    • If every single player that isn't a ghost gets it right twice in a row, then they have to play a minigame anyway. Why? Because, according to the host, "you need to be taught a lesson".
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Trivia Murder Party recycles Drawful and Quiplash as Killing Floor minigames, with the twist that whoever gets the most votes dies. The murderer denies this reusage.
    Murderer: And no, this isn't Drawful. I'm using it in a totally different context.
  • Timed Mission:
    • All of the games have a time limit to enter a response. Failing to do so results in getting less points. The hosts have their own quips depending if one person or the whole group does not enter their responses.
    • In both Quiplash games, failing to enter answers results in the other player gaining the maximum amount of points for the round (1,000 in Round 1 and 2,000 in Round 2). That is unless neither answered, then the host skips the prompt and no one gets points.
  • Toilet Humor: There's a plethora of different farts and other toilet-related noises to choose from in Earwax. Some can also be heard in Fibbage and Drawful.
  • Video Game Perversity Potential: It would be easier to count how many matches of Drawful, Tee K.O., or any other games involving drawing don't have at least one player drawing ten-second penises.
  • The Virus: A main mechanic in Monster Seeking Monster; no less than four monsters have the ability to infect other players with curses or viruses, gaining various bonuses for doing so. Of note are the Zombie (who can achieve an alternate win condition if they infect every other player) and the Mummy (who gets bonus hearts for cursing other players, but gets no bonus if every single player in the game is cursed).
  • Wacky Sound Effect: Plenty to choose from in Earwax. See Stock Sound Effects above.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Trivia Murder Party is pretty harsh on people who play it solo and then fail to win.
  • Youkai: Tee-KO's selection of fighters are various youkai, most of them donning only T-shirts, with the exceptions of a karakasa, hitodama, and (fully-clothed) futakuchi-onna.

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