It’s the fall season which means it’s time for a new entry in the Jackbox Party Pack franchise. The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is out now and brings another suite of fun party games for you to play with others. Read on for my full review of the PlayStation 5 version of this year’s new entry.
The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is out now on most current platforms and includes five party games that you can play with up to 10 players as well as thousands of audience members. There are four new games this year as well as the fourth entry to Fibbage which previous Jackbox players should be familiar with. Each game requires a different number of players with Fibbage needing 2-8, Quixort needing 1-10, Junktopia and Nonsensory needing 3-8, and Roomerang needing 4-9.
I’ll start off by talking about Fibbage 4 since it is an iteration of a previous game. Fibbage is all about filling in blanks in a prompt and trying to convince the other players that your answer is the true one. This fourth entry brings a new video round to the game as well as a final round called Final Fibbage that has you trying to come up with an answer that will fit two different prompts. Suffice to say that you’ll have to really think to make up a convincing lie on that one. If you loved Fibbage before I didn’t see anything in my time with Fibbage 4 that would make me think you won’t love this newest one.
Next up let’s talk Roomerang which is presented like you’re a reality TV star. Players will start off by creating an avatar with a name and job/hobby and then move on to the show. Each time you play you’ll play through five rounds trying to win the other players over or risk being voted off the show. The host of this game is fun but this game wasn’t one of my personal favorites in this pack as it just felt a tad bit basic unless you really have a group that gets into role play.
Quixort is a fun game where you and the other players will have to take falling blocks and sort them into their proper order. A prompt may ask you to sort iconic superheroes by strength and so each player will take their turn placing a block where they feel like it should go. If you think Black Widow is the strongest then by all means put her on top even if the others you are playing with give you a weird look. I had fun with this one but since it does involve players having to grab falling blocks your internet connection could make things harder if it isn’t great.
Junktopia is another funny game as you and the other players have been turned into frogs by a wizard. In order to be turned back, you need to come up with backstories and names for a variety of objects that will convince the others to spend money on them. The player who has the most valuable items at the end will win. This is yet another game where you can have a lot of fun with as there are a lot of weird objects to write about.
The last game is Nonsensory which took me awhile to get the hang of as it can be a bit confusing. You are given prompts and then have to draw and write based on it. Hopefully you have good artists in your group or it could be very difficult to guess the answer. I mean when you are asked to draw something between a cat and cathedral you can imagine the drawings can get weird. It certainly ended up being one of my least favorite of the games in this entry.
The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is another great entry in this yearly trivia series. You have a new Fibbage entry for those looking for something familiar along with some fun new games like Quixort and Junktopia. Roomerang and Nonsensory didn’t speak to me as much but those with different groups may enjoy them more. If you usually enjoy this series then I have no doubt you’ll get plenty of laughs out of this ninth outing.
*The Jackbox Party Pack 9 is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.