Use Your Words Review
I can’t expect for the Jackbox games to have infinite levels of replay-ability, so when I invite friends over new ventures are always taken. Google Family Feud is always a hit, and GeoGuessr hits the spot if I’m looking for something quizzical. Unfortunately, none of these are as well presented as Jackbox, meaning that they are fun, just not as memorable.
Use Your Words is arguably the first competitor of this notion, a fill-in-the-blank based party game that attempts to use the players strengths for humor, all portrayed with themes of popular culture. It’s not completely original, but the idea can still be done well. Use Your Words though, does have a few missteps along the way.
Similar to games before it, players in Use Your Words have to use their smartphones or tablets to play the game instead of typical controllers. Yet, due to how the game works, this isn’t much of an issue. Voting is prevalent, and looking at results to see who is in the top is just as common.
Story & Design:
If the humor in Use Your Words felt improper, then the game could become grating really quick. Thankfully this isn’t the case, but some blame can still be placed on the selection of mini-games which sacrifice simple mechanics for gameplay variation. (This obviously becomes more amplified depending on how much you play the game in one sitting)
Presentation/ Visuals & Audio:
Use Your Words seems to take more influence from Jackbox titles in presentation, but something it lacks in comparison is the wide selection of modes/options. This may seem like an unfair comparison considering how many Party Packs have now released, but it would have made Use Your Words seem a bit more varied.
Use Your Words is a decent enough party game that will get you through a night of partying when Jackbox and other games seem stale. Some flaws prevent it from reaching true potential, but most of what needs to be accomplished is.
Use Your Words gets a 7/10 (Average)
We’d like to thank Smiling Buddha Games for giving us a code!
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