Jackbox Games CTO reflects on 10 years of Jackbox Party Packs

Jackbox Games CTO Evan Jacover also talks about the upcoming Jackbox Party Pack 10.


It's hard to believe that Jackbox Games has been in the business of making Jackbox Party Packs for a full decade. This is indeed a milestone year with the upcoming release of The Jackbox Party Pack 10. To learn more about what to expect and what the process of designing mini-games entails, we spoke with Jackbox Games CTO Evan Jacover.

"Anyone in the company can pitch games," Jacover told Shacknews. "We've had games come from every department, every type of employee at the company. We used to do a lot more paper and pencil testing and that used to be how every game started. We go through a lot of index cards and Sharpies just testing out game ideas. During the pandemic, we had to find other ways to test games, because we were remote."

Jacover also discusses the addition of Tee K.O. 2 and reflects on the past decade of making Jackbox Party Packs. We're expecting The Jackbox Party Pack 10 to release around its usual fall window on all major platforms. For more interviews like this, check out Shacknews and GamerHubTV on YouTube.

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    May 4, 2023 4:00 PM

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      May 4, 2023 10:07 PM

      I really feel like the creativity on these took a nosedive. I still buy every single one but they get progressively less and less use. 3 was the peak, below a quality bar around 6. Please find the spice again my family loves playing them.

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        May 4, 2023 10:10 PM

        Yeah... we still do Drawful from time to time, but that's pretty much it.

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        May 4, 2023 10:16 PM

        Are they still doing modern-day You Don't Know Jacks?

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        May 5, 2023 9:13 AM

        The more they release the harder it is to actually play the games you want to play. So we end up picking one of the two or three packs where nearly every game is good (Three is probably the best).

        I've filled out multiple surveys or comments telling them they need to restructure the whole series as DLC, so that I can check some boxes to select the games I want to play and have it randomly flip through all the Quiplash, YDKJ, Trivia Murder Party, TeeKO, Mad Verse City, and Fibbages for an entire evening without requiring someone to sit there backing out, starting a completely separate application, choosing a game every 15 minutes.

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      May 5, 2023 12:26 AM

      its kind of crazy how close to among us "push the button" was. and it was a year before the hype. but its more of a party game than amogus, and its a bit more tedious. but the mafia genre was hankering for a widely popular game , unlucky it wasn't them

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