If you love party games where you and your friends and family are asked absurd questions and expected to give silly answers, Quiplash might be the game for you. Quiplash is the newest party game from Jackbox, the developers behind the popular You Don’t Know Jack series and Fibbage. One of the big differences that set this game apart from their other games however, is the fact that only one person needs to own the game, and up to 10,000 people are able to participate and play in a single round.
The premise is pretty simple: When one person (the host) fires up the game, a unique code appears on their screen. Everyone else who wishes to join their game simply needs to connect to jackbox.tv on any device that can connect to the internet (like their PC’s or smart phones), and use the code to join in and participate in the game. Up to eight players can join in the game as active participants, while everyone else can join in as a member of the audience.
During the game, players are asked questions based on various scenarios across several rounds. Each player provides their unique answers to the questions, which are then presented against each other for other players and members of the audience to vote for their preferred answer.
The player who receives the most votes with their answer wins the round. Each game is comprised of three rounds, with the point values increased after each round. At the end of the game, the player with the highest score wins. Because the winning response is chosen by the audience and other players, there really isn’t a right or wrong answer, and the answer that wins the rounds most of the time are usually the ones that are the wittiest response, or ones that the majority of voters find humorous rather than correct. If someone manages to gain all the available votes, they achieve a “quiplash” and all the associated bragging rights that come with that title.
Much like the premise of the game itself, the presentation of Quiplash is pretty simple. Active players are represented by tiny little avatars that come in a variety of shapes and colors. The questions and answers are presented in clear and easy-to-read fonts, and the announcer reads the questions with a quirky game-show type of flair.
Depending on the answer the host may also chime in and respond to certain answers given. There aren’t that many questions in the game either, so you’ll soon run into the same questions after a couple of games which is a bit disappointing.
Overall Quiplash is a short and simple game that can provide hours of entertainment and laughter. Even though it requires a minimum of three players in the lobby in order to play the game (due to the voting nature of the game), the fact that only one person needs to actually own the game makes it easy for people to play Quiplash with friends, family, or even their streaming audiences if they play on Twitch.
Quiplash is available now on PC, Mac, Playstation 3 and 4, and Xbox One for $10.
- Only one person needs to own the game for others to play
- Interesting questions which allows for humorous answers
- Perfect for social gatherings
- Questions get repetitive after a few games
- Answers are only as good as the player who answers them
- Needs a minimum of three players to start the game