Piepacker has rebranded to Jam and the social gaming platform now boasts more features across PC and mobile, on top of adding more games to enjoy with friends or total strangers.
Enjoying games together usually relies on purchasing titles separately per client or getting ones that support couch multiplayer. In the first case, it could be too much hassle to get everyone to buy the same game and in the latter, you would need people to come over, which could be tricky with the past few years of the pandemic.
Formerly known as Piepacker, the newly rebranded Jam.gg offers solutions in both cases. All you need is Google Chrome on your PC or mobile device and you can instantly play with other people online, without having to buy any games.
The already amusing library of retro games offers many hours of fun with other players through gameplay but based on data from the devs behind the platform, around 30 per cent people don't even engage in gameplay, using the rooms to hang out with others instead.
Besides being free, Jam.gg is bringing the concept of an extremely simple process of joining a room and playing with other people. Simply go to the Jam website , log in or sign up, and hop into any of the games on offer.
From that point onwards, you can join rooms created by other players where you can chat via text or voice. On top of that, you can utilise the camera on your device for face time, allowing you to take the opportunity to use some of the hilarious filters Jam folks prepared. You haven't lived until you've played a Bomberman spin with llamas and horses in the chat room.
Speaking of the games, there is plethora of classics from various retro consoles to enjoy. GameBoy, NES, SNES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, you name it. Even if all the games on offer don't fit your demands, you can always bring your own game by just dropping a ROM into the menu and playing it.
Jam.gg supports up to eight-player rooms, meaning you can have proper hangouts where not everyone is playing at the same time, even if you are not in the same physical room. Considering the platform has attracted over two million users to date, one would hazard a guess there are many gamers who wish for exactly this type of environment.
Oh, and the library now includes a few recent hits like Overcooked!, Moving Out, Blazing Chrome and No Heroes Here.