Every year I try to have a little “holiday game cafe” in my apartment, where I invite friends over to play board and card games. While last year’s party was understandably cancelled, this year I invited a small group and we indulged in tabletop titles like We’re Doomed and Parks. Inevitably, in the evenings, we reached the point where people’s attention started to wander, so we thought it would be a good idea to switch to party video games. But instead of the old standby jackbox, I remembered that Oink Games had just released a collection of board games and decided to give it a spin.
We discovered that Let’s Play! Oink Games was nothing like Jackbox Party Packs as it didn’t work with phones and required separate copies of the game on separate consoles. passage. So we turned off the Switch, plugged in my laptop and booted up Jackbox Party Pack 8 instead.
If you live in a cave with no friends and are unfamiliar with Jackbox, it’s a pretty good series: each “Party Pack” has five party games that anyone can join with their phone (or a web browser) by going to Jackbox.tv. and entering the special room code. The narrator explains how to play and leads the group through each round – which makes it pretty awesome for those guys who aren’t paying attention or are super, super drunk. Most games involve drawing, trivia, or writing silly words. (My favorite is ‘Mad Verse City’ from Jackbox Party Pack 5, a rap game.)
After everyone left, I decided Let’s Play! Oink Games another try. And while it’s not an alternative to Jackbox (it’s more like Clubhouse Games, if anything), it’s still a somewhat fun experience, although it wasn’t worth the $22 I spent on it.
Only four games are included in the set: Startups, Deep Sea Adventure, A Fake Artist Goes to New York, and ‘Moon Adventure. They are all automated versions of Oink’s table games, which come in small boxes the size of a deck of cards and usually cost $20 each. In that regard, the video game version seems like a good deal. You have the choice to play online with people you know or strangers, offline with people you know, or offline with CPU opponents.
Offline with friends didn’t happen because, as I mentioned earlier, you all need your own copy of the game and a console. I tried to find an online match but found nothing wrong. So my only choice was offline with CPU opponents.
Unfortunately, A Fake Artist Goes to New York cannot be played with CPU opponents as it is a drawing game where all but one players are prompted and you have to figure out who the “fake” artist is. I also discovered that Moon Adventure can have multiple players, but the user has to play all of them because it is a cooperative game. So it’s really a resource management battle trying to gather supplies before you run out of oxygen. I found this one to be the hardest of them all, even after watching the helpful instructions and videos the game is built into. Despite all my misgivings with the title, the instructions are really well done.
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