Coronavirus outbreak is nothing but a nightmare voyage. Not just you and me, but the entire world is fighting against this pandemic disease. The government of each country is taking intensive lockdown measures to prevent the COVID-19 from further spreading. And believe it or not, but this battle can only be won by staying at home safely. To break the chain of the virus from spreading, we need to follow social distancing, stay healthy to strengthen your immune system and make the most of this phase by doing something productive.
Amongst all other leisure activities, playing games is one thing that most of us enjoy doing (Even before Coronavirus was a thing). To make your Quarantine better, here’s a quick guide on how to play Jackbox games with your friends remotely. In the latter section of this post, we’ve also covered how you can play Jackbox party pack games on Zoom and via Steam Remote Play.
Let’s get started.
What are Jackbox Party Games
The history of Jackbox games goes way back in decades. We’ve mostly heard about Jackbox games, where we could play these games on a person-to-person basis with your friends or family. In the genre of party games, we’ve all been a fan of “You Don’t Know a Jack” video game series. So, now hold your breath as we’re about to drop a piece of exciting news for all gaming fanatics.
You can now enjoy playing Jackbox party games with your friends and family remotely. Yes, that’s right. You can play Jackbox party games online with your friends to keep yourself entertained in Quarantine.
Also read: Here are 7 other games, apart from Jackbox that you can enjoy playing with your friends on Twitch.
Jackbox Party Pack: Getting Started
So, just like how it worked earlier in parties or gatherings, one person must own the Jackbox party game subscription. Once the host owns the Jackbox party game pack, they can connect other players to start playing games online.
Jackbox party games are available in various versions starting from 6 player pack to a party pack that includes a minimum of 2 players that will cost you around 12.49 $. You can buy the party pack on Steam or Twitch for getting started. To begin, the host needs to launch the Jackbox party pack on a PC or laptop where they can enable screen sharing for connecting with friends.
The process of how one can play Jackbox party games with their friends remotely is pretty simple and straight forward. First, you will need a video calling app like Zoom, Discord, or Google Hangouts. After this, your friends can connect via smartphone or laptop by visiting the “Jackbox TV” webpage. Apart from this, Jackbox party games can also be enjoyed with Steam Remote Play if your friends are not up for video conferencing apps.
Let’s discuss both these above-mentioned ways of playing Jackbox games in detail.
How to Play Jackbox Party Games on Zoom
Once the host has started the Jackbox party game on a PC, the next step is to log in to your Zoom account and tap on the “New Meeting” button. As a host, you will send an invite to all your friends with whom you wish to play Jackbox party games remotely.
Once all your friends are connected on Zoom, enable screen sharing option to begin the fun. Your friends, on the other hand, who will receive your invite, they need to connect on zoom, visit Jackbox.tv page on any browser, enter the 4-digit room code for authentication and that’s it!
How to Play Jackbox Party Games via Steam Remote Play
Steam Remote Play Together is another way to enjoy playing Jackbox party games with your friends. Open Steam, log in to your account and then launch the Jackbox party game that you wish to play, send an invite to your friends by right-clicking on their names in friends list. Tap the “Remote Play Together” option, and you’re good to go!
Although, the only limitation associated with playing on Steam Remote Play is that you will only be able to connect a maximum of 4 players at once. On the other hand, if you choose to play on Zoom then up to 6 players can connect in a session.
Jackbox party games pack can prove out to be an ideal time-killing Quarantine activity to stay engaged with your friends situated remotely. This wraps our quick guide on how to play Jackbox games with your friends and family. You can also sign up for the Systweak newsletter to get all tech-related stories delivered straight to your inbox.
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