The cool thing about Jackbox digital board games is that only one person should own and manage them. To play with your friends and family, you can simply share your screen with them on Zoom. They can then play the game via any browser on any smartphone, tablet or computer.
The ideal online board game
Jackbox games have been designed for parties in person. A few people gather around a screen, open a website on their smartphone, and then everyone can play. Only the person hosting the game should own it.
With Zoom (or any other screen sharing application), you can cast the screen so that everyone can see it and play Jackbox games online.
Whether you’re writing jokes for the whole family, competing in crude drawings, or trying to figure out who’s lying about being a secret stranger, Jackbox games are a great platform for social gaming. They are especially useful now because they offer a fun way to connect with family and friends.
How to start playing
Jackbox games generally come in “Party Packs” of half a dozen digital games. Each is designed for four to 10 players. Packs are the most cost-effective way to start your Jackbox party. Most Party Packs are also sold from time to time. You can also still purchase certain games individually, wherever they are available.
These games are cross-platform, so they work on everything from Windows PCs and Macs, to game consoles and set-top boxes. You can find official Jackbox products on Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV and iPad, Amazon Fire TV, Humble Store, Fanatical, Epic Games, Comcast Xfinity, the Mac App Store, and Android TV.
To get started with Jackbox via Zoom, buy the Jackbox games or packs of your choice in any digital storefront on your PC or Mac. For example, you can buy them from Steam, or the Epic Games or App Stores. Again, you only have to buy the game once: your friends and family can play for free, even if they don’t have a copy.
Install the game on your computer (no one else will need to do this to play). When it is operational, you are ready to distribute it to your friends and family via Zoom. You can also use any other screen sharing software you prefer, including Steam Remote Play Together.
How to Play Jackbox Games on Zoom
When your Jackbox game is running on your PC or Mac, your friends will need to see your screen to play the game. It’s easy to do on Zoom; fair click on “Download” under “Zoom Client for meetings” on the website, and then install it.
Log in to your Zoom account in the application, then click on “New meeting”.
When the meeting is open, click “Invite” to send invitations to anyone you want to join. Once everyone is in the Zoom meeting, click “Share Screen”.
In the pop-up window, select the Jackbox game that you are running on your computer. Make sure you activate the “Share computer sound” option so that your friends can hear the game, then click “Share”.
After sharing your Jackbox game window, everyone will have to open their own browser, go to Jackbox.tvand type in the four-letter code displayed on your screen. Once everyone is in the game and can see your screen, you’re ready to play Jackbox!
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