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Just when you thought that the gaming industry was filled with too many first-person shooters and racing games with cash shops, there is actually some respite from the hardcore trappings of the AAA industry in the form of party games. Yes, party games still exist and they still provide you with the kind of laugh-out-loud, fun-with-your-friends good times that you've come to expect from board games, tabletop titles, and other Friday night get-togethers that helped shape your childhood, teenage years, and even those fun times when you were a young adult before all the bills and responsibilities caught up with you. A brand new Jackbox Party Pack 5 is set to make its debut this fall, and the creators launched a brand new look at the Zeeple Dome, one of the games that will be featured in the party pack for gaming platforms.
The 43-second trailer reveals one of the mini-games featured in the party pack, which is called the Zeeple Dome. This mini-game is kind of bogus, and the trailer doesn't really explain anything at all given that the action takes place all over the screen and is filled with all sorts of colorful explosions as the zeeple zip and zap their way around an arena, filled with various portals, obstacles and menacing aliens. We see a number of scenarios where the playable characters face off against some other squid-looking creatures. The trailer ends abruptly without any sort of explanation at all.
However, there are a few things we can snatch up from this miniature teaser trailer for one of the mini-games featured in the Jackbox Party Pack 5, such as the fact that it contains four different difficulty settings... Well, technically only three since one of the settings is actually just a tutorial stage to explain to players how you actually play. The other settings include Easy, Medium, and Hard.
We don't actually know what the difficulty changes, but according to the Jackbox description page, we do know that players propel their characters into other objects in order to dwindle down their health bar and defeat the alien monstrosities. We see in one segment where a player has to charge up their power and take aim at other objects in the playing field in order to rocket their Goopal-tech zeeple into the alien, resulting in a small piece of the HP being taken down. It's hard to compare this to other games because there aren't many other games out there quite like this, even in the indie game sector.
Nevertheless, we also see that there are portals that can be used to teleport around the arena, along with some mines that are strategically placed that explode on impact. What we don't know is if players can use the mines against other players or enemies on the field, or if they're just there to be avoided.
The game can be played with up to six players. So you, your friends, your family, and maybe even a few of your lifelong enemies can join in on the fun with this particular mini-game in Jackbox Party Pack 5.
You can look for the Zeeple Dome to join other mini-games as part of the larger Jackbox Party Pack 5 bundle when it launches this fall for Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.