Streaming, Moderation, and Accessibility Features in The Jackbox Party Pack 8

Here at Jackbox, we really strive to make our games as easy to play as possible. Beginning with the Jackbox controller, which can be accessed directly using your phone’s browser without any apps or downloads required, we’re always looking for ways to improve our ease of access for all players.

With every new game that we launch, making our games more user-friendly for a wide variety of players is at the forefront of our minds, and The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is no exception. Here’s what’s new, what’s back, and what’s improved:


Settings Menu

Have you ever found yourself overzealously cranking the volume up at the beginning of the game, only to find halfway through that you can’t hear each other over the dulcet tones of the host’s audio? You can now access the settings menu during gameplay. Note that some settings cannot be altered once the game has begun, such as player count as this would alter the gameplay of a game that is already in progress, but features such as settings, timers, tutorials, post-game sharing, and of course audio/visual settings can be changed up while a game is in progress.


The Poll Mine

Streaming Features:

  • Max Players – Choose the maximum number of players who can participate in any given game
  • Passworded Game – Create a unique password to give to your most trusted players and keep the riff raff out
  • Start Game from Controller Only – Games can only be started by the person running the game
  • Allow Room Code Hiding – Hide the room code until you’re ready for your audience to see it
  • Streamer Mode – Streamer Mode is unique to Poll Mine and will allow the audience to be on one team. The audience can vote and guess as one group, allowing them to play against a team of one to ten streamers
  • Require Twitch – Require players to log in using Twitch for extra verification
The Audience in Streamer Mode

Accessibility Features:

  • Subtitles
  • Extended Timers

Additional Features:

  • Skip Tutorial
  • Family-Friendly Filter
  • Extended Timers
  • Audience – When not playing in Streamer Mode, the audience votes and their responses are added to the vote totals for that category. In Streamer Mode, they act as a hive mind. They can not only vote, but also guess as a player.

Drawful Animate

Streaming Features:

  • Moderation – Allow moderators to log in via mod.jackboxgames.com to remote unsavory content before it hits the screen
  • Profanity Filter – Prevent users from submitting words that include profanity or hate-speech
  • Max Players – Choose the maximum number of players who can participate in any given game
  • Passworded Game – Create a unique password to give to your most trusted players and keep the riff raff out
  • Start Game from Controller Only – Games can only be started by the person running the game
  • Allow Room Code Hiding – Hide the room code until you’re ready for your audience to see it
  • Require Twitch – Require players to log in using Twitch for extra verification

Accessibility Features:

  • Subtitles
  • Extended Timers
  • No Timers

Additional Features

  • Skip Tutorial
  • Family-Friendly Filter
  • Audience – The audience votes along and interacts with the flipbook drawing on the screen between rounds

Weapons Drawn

Streaming Features:

  • Moderation – Allow moderators to log in via mod.jackboxgames.com to remote unsavory content before it hits the screen
  • Profanity Filter – Prevent users from submitting words that include profanity or hate-speech
  • Max Players – Choose the maximum number of players who can participate in any given game
  • Passworded Game – Create a unique password to give to your most trusted players and keep the riff raff out
  • Start Game from Controller Only – Games can only be started by the person running the game
  • Allow Room Code Hiding – Hide the room code until you’re ready for your audience to see it
  • Require Twitch – Require players to log in using Twitch for extra verification

Accessibility Features:

  • Subtitles
  • Extended Timers

Additional Features

  • Content Moderation
  • Moderation
  • Audience – The audience collectively votes on which cases to focus on and who they think is guilty. The audience gets to play along as detectives, but not as murderers.

The Wheel of Enormous Proportions

Streaming Features:

  • Moderation – Allow moderators to log in via mod.jackboxgames.com to remote unsavory content before it hits the screen
  • Profanity Filter – Prevent users from submitting words that include profanity or hate-speech
  • Max Players – Choose the maximum number of players who can participate in any given game
  • Passworded Game – Create a unique password to give to your most trusted players and keep the riff raff out
  • Start Game from Controller Only – Games can only be started by the person running the game
  • Allow Room Code Hiding – Hide the room code until you’re ready for your audience to see it
  • Require Twitch – Require players to log in using Twitch for extra verification

Accessibility Features:

  • Subtitles
  • Motion Sensitivity
  • Extended Timers

Additional Features:

  • Family-Friendly Filter
  • Audience: Every trivia question, the audience will vote on who they think will perform best. If the majority pick the correct player, they earn an audience slice that will automatically go on the Wheel. When the Wheel is spun, if it lands on an audience slice, the audience will get to vote on something that affects the game, such as giving players points, restarting the spinning round, or turning other slices into skull slices.

Job Job

Streaming Features:

  • Moderation – Allow moderators to log in via mod.jackboxgames.com to remote unsavory content before it hits the screen
  • Profanity Filter – Prevent users from submitting words that include profanity or hate-speech
  • Max Players – Choose the maximum number of players who can participate in any given game
  • Passworded Game – Create a unique password to give to your most trusted players and keep the riff raff out
  • Start Game from Controller Only – Games can only be started by the person running the game
  • Allow Room Code Hiding – Hide the room code until you’re ready for your audience to see it
  • Require Twitch – Require players to log in using Twitch for extra verification

Accessibility Features

  • No Timer Mode: All players must submit answers and votes to move on
  • Subtitles
  • Extended Timers

Additional Features

  • Skip Tutorial Mode: Skips the tutorials before gameplay moments, intro still needs to be skipped manually. If mode is not on, the first player in (VIP) can still skip the intro/tutorials in the moment.
  • Audience: The audience votes on their favorite answers and creates motivational posters in the background during writing moments.

A Note About Streaming on Twitch

We recognize that the internet can be a scary place. Streaming online can be a really fun and fulfilling way of sharing your interests with others, but we also recognize that the fun stops when the audience takes things too far. Many of our games include portions that involve User Generated Content (UGC). This means that participants in your game are able to write or draw things in order to participate in the game. Usually, this is fine, but if you’re playing with strangers online, we recommend taking some precautions.

The following games support UGC that will show up on screen:

  • Job Job
  • Drawful: Animate
  • Weapons Drawn

If you’re unsure of your players, double check your game settings to make sure that you’ve enabled Family-Friendly filters, you’ve set the Profanity Filter, and if necessary give access to any moderators. We also recommend features such as Passworded game, Require Twitch, and Allow Room Code Hiding for extra protection when playing with friends you trust. We also generally recommend enabling extended timers to compensate for possible stream delays.

As always, stay safe and send your feedback to us over at help.jackboxgames.com!

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