If the people over at Jackbox Games know anything, they know party games. And Fibbage is no exception to that rule. It’s the best party game I’ve played in a very long time.
Fans of You Don’t Know Jack will quickly draw similarities between the two games, from the quirky presentation, to the endearing host, Cookie Masterson.
Party games are unequivocally defined by their ability to cultivate shouting, laughter, and a handful of face-palms. Fibbage succeeds at all three of these ventures. Cookie will read off a trivia statement, with a key word missing. The goal for the players is to type in a lie that they think will fool the other players, while choosing the correct answer themselves. Players rack up points by fooling their friends, and by selecting the correct answer.
There’s one more category that a party game must pass in order to be successful, and that’s controls. In Fibbage, players use their mobile devices as controllers. Just about anything with a web browser will work, be it a phone, tablet, or computer. Upon entering Fibbage.com, the players enter a four-character room code, and their player name. The game supports 2-8 players, and the initial setup is incredibly simple and quick.
The best part of controlling the game with personal devices is that you don’t have to break out your controllers at a party. I know I’m not the only one who’s lost expensive gamepads to spilled beer. This also means you can leave the game on indefinitely, and anyone can sit down and start a new game without your help.
There is one drawback, though. Since everyone is on various mobile devices, connectivity may become an issue. Throughout the dozens of games I played with my friends, more than a few were cut short due to players losing connection. However, since we were all using various cellular data plans from different carriers, there is no way of knowing the perpetrator. That being said, games last about 15-minutes, so losing progress was never a substantial disappointment.
Fibbage has quickly become the go-to game among my group of friends, the folks at Jackbox Games have outdone themselves. I encourage everyone to give Fibbage a shot at their next social gathering.
Fibbage originally released on Amazon Fire TV and is currently free, and it also just launched on Xbox One (Played) for $6.99.