Answer questions or die in Trivia Murder Party 2, part of The Jackbox Party Pack 6

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I've never had the pleasure of sampling a Jackbox Party Pack, but James has and he seemed to like it: He described Split the Room (opens in new tab), from last year's Jackbox Party Pack 5 (opens in new tab), as "an agonizing and hilarious party game" that made him a little uncomfortable at times. ("Tortured" is the word he actually used, which I think might be a little overwrought, but I'd also babysit an angry giraffe for free so it could be that I'm just coming at it from a different perspective.)

Maybe I'll have a chance to try my luck with the new Jackbox Party Pack, the sixth, that went live today on Steam. Like its predecessors, it's a collection of five party games with support for up to ten people in local multiplayer—and one of which can actually be played solo, if that's your idea of a party.

Here's what's on tap:

  • Trivia Murder Party 2 – A trivia game where the host is a serial killer and you'll have to fight for your life "in a variety of absurd and challenging mini-games" when you get an answer wrong. (1-8 players)
  • Dictionarium – Create new, probably stupid definitions for words that don't actually exist. (3-8 players)
  • Push the Button – A sci-fi social deduction game where you'll complete bizarre writing and drawing tasks in order to hunt down the aliens among you. (4-10 players)
  • Joke Boat – Become a stand-up comedian on a crappy cruise ship. (3-8 players)
  • Role Models – Be a guinea pig for a mad scientists in order to learn more about yourself and those around you. (3-6 players)

Settings in Jackbox Party Pack 6 include passworded games, manual censoring, subtitles, and family-friendly modes. If you'd rather strut your stuff publicly, "up to 10,000 additional audience members can join specific games to affect their final outcome." This inclusivity is one of the things folks on our team have liked about the Jackbox games—that any internet-connected device can play along via a "match code" that allows anyone to join.

The Jackbox Party Pack 6 is available on Steam (opens in new tab) and Humble (opens in new tab) for $25/£20/€21, 17 percent off the regular $30 price, until October 24. You can also pick it up from the Epic Games Store (opens in new tab), but it's not currently on sale there.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.