The Epic Store’s next free offering will be the original Jackbox Party Pack, the collection of group-based games you can play on your PC, phone, and/or browser with however many friends you can wrangle together.
Since it launched in December, the Epic Store has been offering a new free game every two weeks. It kicked off with Subnautica, which it followed up with Super Meat Boy. The current offering is the excellent What Remains of Edith Finch, which will be available until January 24.
At that point, you’ll be able to get 2014’s Jackbox Party Pack free through Epic’s storefront. It’s a collection of games you can play with up to 100 other players in the same room, with each player using their phone (or other internet-connected device) as a controller. There’s the classic You Don’t Know Jack trivia game, bluff-fest Fibbage XL (my personal favorite of the bunch), horrible drawing contest Drawful, Word Spud, and Lie Swatter.
You’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a better party game than The Jackbox series, and the first Jackbox Party Pack is the perfect introduction to the series – I never spent much time with Word Spud or Lie Swatter, but Drawful, Fibbage, and the trivia games are consistently fun and hilarious, particularly with a like-minded group of (preferably raucous) friends.
Naturally, the idea behind giving it away for free is to encourage you to create an Epic account to use in the store, and to get players used to using Epic’s storefront instead of Steam. As long as you don’t mind that, all you have to do to get your free copy of the Jackbox Party Pack is to log in, click the appropriate banner at the top of the store’s main page, and place your order, which will amount to $0.00.
From there, you’ll be able to install the game through the Epic launcher.