Do you know what animal used to be mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY? How about what the adjective dasypygal means? Well if you’re a fan of trivia, then the answers to these questions and more can be found playing Fibbage, the newest game from Jackbox Games (of You Don’t Know Jack fame). Fibbage is a question-and-answer game for up to eight players to show off their knowledge and accrue points by getting the right answer. What makes this game stand out from others of its kind is that this game allows you to make up your own answers in an attempt to have others guess the wrong thing. You even get extra points if your fake answer is selected (the more people who pick it, the more points you get). Players get a total of 7 questions in three rounds to gain the advantage, with the final round having only one question (worth the most points, of course) to catch up. Do you have what it takes to best your friends in your mastery of useless knowledge?
Fibbage is a pretty straightforward game, but the unique thing that piqued my interest right off the bat was that the game doesn’t use conventional console controllers as its input. You might imagine that it’s hard to type a lie with a controller on the screen without your friends looking, and the PS3’s Bluetooth connection only supports up to 7 controllers. To circumvent both of these issues, the game lets players use their mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) to connect to a server using a unique 4-letter room code. You then use your device to sign in, write lies, and select answers. It’s very easy to get to the log-in page: you either use a barcode scanner to get there, or simply go to www.fibbage.com on your device’s browser.
Once everyone is set up and the game has started, a player is selected to choose from a number of topics. For example, buttocks, Topeka, Ecuador, and Peter were some of the topics I had to choose from for one question. Next, the question is displayed relating to your topic, and you’re given the chance to come up with a lie. Remember, you want people to pick your lie, so you should try and make it something believable! Don’t feel that you are clever enough for this particular question? Well the game will make up a lie for you in these cases, but you only get half the points if someone picks your answer. After all the lies are put in, you have the chance to answer the question, and the answers chosen are displayed one by one, along with the people who chosen and who wrote the lie. Points are distributed based on how many people chose your lie in addition to whether you chose the correct answer or not. Rinse and repeat for three rounds, with each round being worth increasing points.
Fibbage is a ton of fun, especially with more players. We initially played with three players which was goofy fun, but I also had the opportunity to play with a full room of eight at a gaming event, and it was a blast slipping people up with wild answers and ultimately doing some victory dances. One thing I noticed about “inputting” lies was that the game won’t let you enter in the truth. Not only does this confirm that you knew the answer all along, but it also gives you an opportunity to possibly say something close but not-quite-correct. Did you know that anatidaephobia is the fear of ducks? Well, make your lie “birds” or “mallards” to try and confuse people who might think they know even more!
Coming back to the questions, we didn’t play enough times to come back to the same questions, but it seems that some people have found that there are only about 150 individual questions. This might seem like enough for a few games, but if you’re the type to bring this type of game up during your parties, you might find yourself seeing repeats pretty quickly. Hopefully Jackbox Games will release some DLC over time to bring in new questions to keep it fresh for a long time. Another issue I found in my early plays was that the servers would randomly kick out one or more players at any point during a game. The entire first evening we tried to play, we didn’t finish a single game without somebody getting kicked out of the room. I don’t know if this was a problem with the server or on my end with my ISP, but it was quite frustrating trying to play a game and being unable to complete it.
At the end of the day, Fibbage is a quick party game to play with your friends when you want to have a little bit of fun. With rounds lasting about 10-15 minutes, and the apparently limited number of questions, it’s not a game I would center my entire night around. That being said, I am a fan of trivia and am always up for learning new things. The game was definitely fun to play while waiting for friends to show up for board game night, or to play after an intense session of some Super Smash Bros. It’s easy to set up, and anyone can join in (because, come on, who doesn’t have some sort of mobile device on them at any given time?), making it the perfect quick start-up game. With more consistent server access, and more questions, Fibbage could definitely become a fun couch co-op experience.
Fibbage is available for Xbox One, PlayStation3, and PlayStation4 for $6.99
Fibbage is good fun, no lie
Though the number of questions is limited (pending updates), Fibbage is a great party game for the truth challenged. Honestly.