Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fibbage Review (XONE)

Why pay $25 for The Jackbox Party Pack when you can buy the best game in the collection by itself for $7.  We’re talking about Fibbage, of course.  This party game has you and your friends filling in the blanks on trivia questions and it is one of the funniest games around.  See our full review for more.

Game Details

  • Publisher: Jackbox Games
  • Developer: Jackbox Games
  • ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen
  • Genre: Party
  • Pros: Hilariously funny; play on smart device; great party game
  • Cons: Maybe your friends / family hate fun?
  • MSRP: $7
Fibbage is available by itself for $7 or as part of The Jackbox Party Pack #1, which also includes You Don’t Know Jack 2015, Drawful, Lie Swatter, and Word Spud.  You might think getting more games for you buck is a better deal, but most of them suck besides YDKJ2k15 and Fibbage, so we feel like you’re better off just buying Fibbage by itself.  There is also a Jackboxk Party Pack #2 that includes a new version of Fibbage, but it kinda has the same problem – most of the games included aren’t that good.  Just stick with stand alone Fibbage.

Fibbage is a multiplayer game that requires at least 2 players and as many as 8.  You cannot play it solo, but that is a good thing because it only gets better and more funny when you have more and more people.  You don’t need a bunch of Xbox One controllers to play it, either, as you actually can use smart phones, tablets, or even laptops to play it thanks to an ingenious control method. 

The way it works is that your Xbox One has to be connected to Xbox Live (but a Gold subscription isn’t required) and then when you start the game you’ll be given a “Room Code”.  People playing the game use the browser on their device to type in the room code at, which connects you to the game and lets you play.  You type in answers on your smart device, and it all magically travels through the internets back to your Xbox to keep score. 

The actual gameplay in Fibbage is a sort of trivia game where the game asks a question with a blank in it.  The idea isn’t to answer the question, though, and instead come up with a fake answer that the other players will think is the correct one.  The game then shows all of the player answers (anonymously, of course) along with the correct answer along with an extra CPU generated fake, and everyone picks what they think is correct.  If you fool other players, you get bonus points, and you also get points for choosing the real correct answer.

The joy of the game comes from the fact that you can write down anything you want and the way the questions are worded leave it wide open for comedy.  The idea is to be realistic and believable, of course, but there are just too many opportunities to write something funny or crude or terrible for any reasonable person to pass up.  You can come up with some really, really funny answers in Fibbage.  The game is a blast with just two people, but gets even better with more.  It is probably a good idea to keep in mind that not everyone has the same sense of humor, though, before you start saying anything too crude and crazy in a crowd.

If you’ve got a group of friends and family with a certain twisted sense of humor, Fibbage is the ultimate party game.  Everyone has a smart device these days, so everyone can play even if they normally wouldn’t play a game with a normal controller.  For just $7 you won’t find a funnier, more fun, or better party game.  We highly, highly recommend Fibbage.
Disclosure: A review code was provided by publisher.