STAFF REVIEW of What The Dub?! (Xbox One)


Thursday, April 8, 2021.
by Josh Morgan

What The Dub?! Box art Any fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 growing up has thought about the day where they could show off their dubbing skills in front of their friends and get instant gratification from them with laughter and votes. Well, today is that day! What the Dub?!, developed and published by Wide Right Interactive, is a party game where you and 11 friends (and up to 6 audience members) can watch clips of old movies, TV shows and public service announcements and insert your own funny dialog and then get rewarded with votes and Xbox achievements.

First off, before I get into some of the details of the game, I suggest you head into the options and increase the round timer to the maximum limit. The default is 45 seconds and I just don’t think that is long enough. I think the max is 190 seconds or so, but the round moves on once all your friends have completed their Dub. So, you won’t have to wait the full 190 seconds each time, just the times when your friends have a lot to type which usually results in better Dubs. Nothing kills the momentum of a game and a fun time like someone having a cut off answer or failing to input due to time. Be patient and let your friends input, you will have more fun this way.


What the Dub?! is a party game where you are given a 30 second clip of an old B movie, TV show or public service announcement, and some of the clip has been muted for you to insert your own funny dialog, sound effects or both. Each player must have their own device like a tablet, phone, PC or laptop that can access the internet. Simply enter the room code and you are good to go. The clips will show up on the TV screen and when prompted you will have a timed limit to type out a funny dub on your device to insert into the muted part of the clip. Once all the dubs have been entered the clip is replayed with a text to voice audio clip of each dub for everyone to hear. After all of the dubs have been shown it’s time to vote for your favorite. Dubs with the most votes are the winners of that round and receive the most points, while other dubs receive points for the votes they get. At the end of the game (5-10 rounds depending on settings) the winner is crowned, and the loser is mocked. Typical party game stuff. It all works well and is a blast to play with a group of friends.


Unfortunately, during a global pandemic you cannot always get friends together in one place to play so we are lucky that games like this have options to still be able to socialize with friends who are in other houses miles away. With What the Dub?! you can have up to 6 audience members along with the 12 in the game itself. You can achieve this by loading up Twitch and stream your game to your friends. Once they find your game stream, they will see your room code and they will enter that into their devices. Like all games on Twitch, this will introduce some latency, usually about a 3-6 second delay in the audio and video, but this is not a real big problem with a game like What the Dub?! since you are not relying on timed inputs like other party games such as Scene It or Jackbox. This is another reason that you will need to increase the round timer in the settings before you start. You can also pause the game, so if someone asks for a bit more time to input their dub the host can easily do it. The game does focus a bit on the scoring, but we found it’s just a lot better to ignore the scores and concentrate on good Dubs and making each other laugh.

On the Xbox.com listing, the developer promises over 300 clips from B movies, TV shows and public service announcements, and without playing hundreds of games and keeping close track I am just going to have to take their word for it. We are all feeling the effects of quarantine, but I don’t have that much free time! I can say that over the course of my review we played over 20 games, that is over 100 rounds, and we never saw the same exact clip twice. We saw different clips from the same movie, or the same clip but with the dialog muted for another character, but never the same clip with the same spot for a dub. This is key to a party game where you can sometimes play 3-4 hours if the game is fun enough to keep going. We played for about 3 hours in one sitting and that was enough.


Unfortunately, with only one game type I can see how it could get repetitive after a few games. This was not a problem with my group in the one night we played, as a few mixed drinks kept this game fresh and fun, but I can see my friends wanting to turn to something else after another gaming session or two. I’m not sure how the developer can freshen this up and with DLC or content packs, but that’s for them to figure out!

What the Dub?! is a fun way to spend a night with your friends either in the same house or miles away. It is an easy party game for friends and family to pick up and non-gamers will be able to just jump in with their own devices and play. They really do have a lot of clips to work with and it has us looking forward to playing more with the same friends and introducing new ones. It’s a great addition to our party game rotation which includes Jackbox, Cards Against Humanity and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. That is good company to be in.

**What The Dub?! was reviewed on an Xbox Series X**




Overall: 7.5 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10

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