A small game leaked onto the Xbox Game Store a couple weeks ago and in the wake of shooters, action games and RPGs that are about to hit, it may end up being something that gets lost in the mix. However you should know that Fibbage is not something that should be overlooked.
Fibbage is a party game similar to many board games that currently exist. Like its cousins, the point of the game is to lie. You are given a sentence, usually an obscure fact or odd news story except there is one part missing and it’s your job to fill this blank. You play with up to eight people total with everyone inputting their answers. Once the fibbing is complete all answers – including the real one – are displayed and everyone gets to choose what they think is the correct response.
The real brilliance of Fibbage is how you actually play the game. Most console games would have you fumbling with an on-screen keyboard. Board games would have you working with pens and paper to write down your answers with one person having to mediate. Fibbage utilizes smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. to make the process as easy as possible. Any type of device can be used as long as it connects to the internet. There is no app to download, you simply navigate to the Fibbage website and do everything from there.
The process is incredibly easy and works flawlessly. More importantly it makes it easy to input your answer while also allowing everyone to compete. All answers are displayed on the TV and your device so you can easily make your pick. Once all picks are in, the players are awarded points, both for getting people to choose your lie and for picking the truth out of the bunch.
The final piece that brings everything together is the tone of the game. Fibbage is from Jackbox Games – formerly Jellyvision Games – which is renowned for the You Don’t Know Jack series. Fibbage features the same host, Cookie Masterson, who brings sarcasm, witty remarks, puns and plenty more funny material to the game. He’s not nearly as harsh or inappropriate as in the YDKJ series but it still works well.
The only limitation of Fibbage right now is there is no built in online play. However even this limitation can be overcome with a little work. Since you can simply navigate to a website, all it really takes is a simple Twitch stream for other people to join in on your fun. It’s not ideal, Twitch does have lag to it, but it can still work. The more people you play with, the more fun it is but even with the minimum of two people it’s still a blast.
Fibbage is a game that’s very easy to recommend. It doesn’t cost very much – $6.99 – and it offers a lot of fun. Plus it’s the unique type of game that allows you to be creative, silly, immature or however else you want to play, based on the group of people you are playing with. It’s not very often you can say that about something, let alone a video game.
SCORE: 9.0 out of 10
A copy of Fibbage was provided to Pixel Related for review.