I’ve always been a fan of party games. Whether they’re a music game like Rock Band, a diverse mini-game collection like Mario Party or a trivia game like Scene It? I’m always up for a game night with friends or family. Quite often in the past, party games have felt inaccessible to some players, as they have either relied on knowledge or skills possessed by regular gamers, or on peripherals that could feel goofy to some (Guitar Hero’s guitars). Thankfully, Jackbox Games have created a game that is only accessible and clever, but one that also makes for a hilarious night with friends.
‘Fibbage’ is a game that is extremely simple in its premise: players are asked a trivia question that they provide a false answer to. They then try guess which answer is the truth among the lies, with points being rewarded for guessing the correct answer, as well as for every player that selects their lie. To put it simply, you win by finding the truth and/or being the best liar in your group of friends.
When was the last time you had a roomful or people playing the same game? Sure you might have spectators, or couples sharing the controller as a two-headed argumentative team, but Fibbage allows for 8 player games, without the hassle of cooperation or sharing the controller. How? By using web browsers on the players’ smartphones. Starting a game of Fibbage on the Xbox One kicks the host into gear as well as provides you with a room code. From there, it’s as simple as going to Fibbage.com on in your phone’s web browser and inputting a name and the room code. It really is ridiculously simple and ensures that anyone can join in on the fun (so long as they have a phone). I have already hosted a Fibbage party, with both my hardcore gamer friends and non-gamer friends all finding the smartphone gameplay system both fun and easy to grasp.
When you start a game of Fibbage, you’re greeted (technically) by Cookie Masterson, the host of Fibbage and Jackbox’s long-running trivia game You Don’t Know Jack. I’ve always found smartass fictitious game show hosts to be punch-in-the-face annoying (I’m talking about you, Buzz) but Cookie is both charming and hilarious. After Cookie greets the players, the first round of Fibbage begins. After that, a player is picked at random to select the next question’s category, though the categories are often only represented by one word and even then that word can be rather cryptic like “old” or “smells”. My friends and I often snickered immaturely at the various category names, and usually picked the “dirtiest” word available, unless there was one on offer that struck a chord with us.
I’m sure by now you have gathered that Fibbage isn’t your usual trivia game (in the best possible way!) and the questions found in-game are just as unusual as the rest of the game. Questions can range from a staggering amount of topics, from classic Hollywood and modern gossip, to internet memes and bizarre real-life events (like the woman who hijacked a ferry while shouting “I’m Captain Jack Sparrow!” in 2012). The wacky topics covered by Fibbage not only provide a great laugh, but also help just about anybody find the truth and more importantly, everyone has a chance to tell a convincing lie (and win). It’s quite possibly the most accessible party game ever. Have you ever told a fib? Good, you can win at Fibbage!
- Up to 8 players! It really is a party!
- Needs more questions! We have played it so much that we are out of questions!
I can’t remember the last time I became addicted to a video game as strongly as I have with Fibbage. Since I downloaded it, I have played it with every one of my close friends, and every one of them loves it. It is the perfect party game.