How to Play Jackbox Games

Jackbox Games titles are easy to pick up and play for gamers and non-gamers alike. We’ve worked hard to make sure you never need detailed instructions to get into a game and start having fun. That said, here are some detailed instructions!*

*For information about how to play our games remotely due to social distancing, check out some additional tips here

STEP 1. Launch The Game

If you’re playing one of our Jackbox Party Packs, you’ll want to use your gamepad, remote, or mouse and keyboard to pick the specific game you want to play from the main menu. Then select the game or “play” option in the menu to start playing.

STEP 2. Go to Jackbox.TV On Your Phone

Our games are played using your phone, tablet, laptop, or other web-enabled device as a controller. The main action of the game happens on your TV (or wherever you launched the game), but players use their own devices to input answers and make choices. Each player will need to go to Jackbox.TV on their phone or other device. 

STEP 3. Enter the Room Code

With the game launched, you should see the “lobby” screen which displays a four-letter room code. Each player should use their phone or other device to enter that room code and their name on Jackbox.TV to join the game, then press “PLAY.” You can tell it worked when you see their name appear on the game screen. 

STEP 4. Start Playing!

The player who joined the game first (the VIP) can start the game from their device once all players are joined and ready. Or, if you’ve enabled “Start Game from Controller Only” in the game settings, you’ll need to press the button shown onscreen to begin.

NOTE: “Everybody’s In” or “Start Game” will only appear on the screen if you have enough players to begin a game.

Having Trouble?

If you need help with one of our games, please submit a ticket to our support site.