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Fibbage review – an Xbox One game you play entirely with your phone

Last week, a downloadable Xbox One game called Fibbage popped up as part of the ID@Xbox program. Fibbage is a multiplayer trivia game from Jackbox Games, makers of the popular You Don't Know Jack series of trivia games. Besides being the only trivia title in town for the Xbox One, Fibbage stands out for its unique control method: everyone uses a phone or tablet as a controller!

That probably sounds crazy, and in fact it can be hard to understand Fibbage from a cursory description. But Fibbage manages to combine console gaming with mobile device controls in an extremely natural way. Gamers and non-gamers alike to can play and laugh together without the learning curve that a controller would bring. See exactly how it works in our exclusive gameplay video with both Xbox One and phone footage!

Grab your phones to play

The main Fibbage game takes place on your HDTV screen. Wisecracking host "Cookie Masterson" from You Don't know Jack reads out factual trivia statements with a single word removed. The object for players is to either guess the correct word or come up with a guess (which the game calls "lies") that will fool other players.

The only thing you need a controller for is to press the A button right when you first launch the game. After that, all 2-8 players will participate from their mobile devices. Players can use their Windows Phones, Windows 8 tablets, or any other smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Fibbage doesn't require SmartGlass or other downloadable apps. You simply play from a web browser. Head to Fibbage.com when instructed by the game, enter the four digit room code generated by the game (or scan a QR code), and input your name. Once all players have joined the game, choose to start and the game will begin.

Fibbage Xbox One Windows Phone screenshots

Let the fibs flow

On the big screen, the game will ask one player to choose a trivia category as several category named bounce around the screen. That player makes the selection from his her device. Then it's back to the TV to see and hear the actual question. Questions don't appear on your phone; it will simply display the Fibbage logo whenever you're supposed to look back at the big screen.

In Fibbage, a question is actually a statement with a blank word for each player to fill in. That's what makes smartphones and tablets such brilliant controllers for this game. You don't select an answer from a pool as you'd have to do in You Don't Know Jack or other typical games of this type. Instead, you tap the text entry box on your phone and type whatever you want.

Remember, you're trying to either guess the correct answer or create a guess that's so good, other players will fall for it. Answers are not case-sensitive, so don't worry about capitalization. Just don't make a typo as I did in our gameplay video! That's a dead giveaway. If you don't know what to enter, you can also ask the game to lie for you, incurring a score penalty.

After all of the answers have been input (or the timer expires), the game asks everyone to choose the correct answer. The pool of answers displayed on the big screen includes the true answer, all of the player guesses, and one or more false answers provided by the game. This part usually offers some genuine laughs as the group gets to see the silly things that everyone chose.

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After making your selection for the truth, you can also give props to answers that you believe to be incorrect, but still enjoyed anyway. Once everyone picks the response that they believe to be the truth on their phones, it's time to look at the big screen again. Fibbage runs through the lies that players guessed to be true, along with who guessed them. You earn points for each player who guesses your lie, so it's in your best interest to tell a convincing lie.

Finally, Fibbage reveals the true answer and any players who correctly chose it. Naturally you get points for choosing correctly, so you can score both for your initial lie as well as subsequently choosing the truth. You lose some points for not picking the truth. The game then displays everyone's scores and the lies they entered.

The game continues until the final round, in which players can earn triple the score. Fibbage announces the winner, as well as the players whose lies received the most props from other players. The credits roll on the big screen. On the small screen, you can choose to start a new game with the same players, or start a new game with different players.

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Player count and online multiplayer

Fibbage has no single-player mode, so you need at least two players to start a game. Technically, one person can play from multiple devices – but where's the fun in that? The game is also meant to be played locally, with everyone in the same room. This is a true party game, one that even your non-gaming mom, uncle, girlfriend, or whomever will enjoy.

Still, the game is played through a web browser over the internet. Technically, someone can play from a remote location. They just need to know the room number and when to start playing. The downside to this approach is that the remote player would not be able to see anything that happens on the main game screen. Remote players can see the questions, input their answers, select truth and lies, and perform all of the interactions required to participate. They just can't hear the announcer, see who picks what, who is winning, etc. The workaround is to broadcast and stream the game via Twitch, in which case everyone can see everything.

Still, it would be fairly easy for the developers to allow players on multiple Xbox Ones to play with each other. All they'd have to do is add a way to choose the room number (which is currently randomly assigned) on the Xbox game. That would allow consoles to sync up with each other and run the same game, just as the phone interface currently syncs up with the host console.

Fibbage Xbox One

Achievements

Being a relatively simple game, Fibbage offers ten Achievements worth a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. The hardest of the three:

  • Enter the truth as a lie: Answer correctly on your first try. This can be cheated.
  • Play an 8-player game: You can "substitute" players by using multiple devices or browsers.
  • Play through all the questions in the game: This one will actually take several hours, even if you grind for it.

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Overall Impression

Jackbox Games has done a great job of creating a game that You Don't Know Jack players will love, yet has its own distinctive gameplay. The host is amusing and seldom annoying, the game experience is conducive to laughter and good times, and the input method is convenient and clever.

The only improvements I could ask for are the aforementioned ability to participate in the same game from multiple consoles, and some Kinect support. Obviously Fibbage doesn't lend itself to voice or motion controls, but the occasional camera feed and reaction videos would be a fun use of the Kinect. Still, the game is a blast as-is – and that's no lie.

Note that like You Don't Know Jack, Fibbage is only available in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. Jackbox doesn't like paying for PEGI certification, I guess. But international players can buy the game by switching regions on their consoles! Follow this guide at NeoGAF for instructions and tips.

  • Fibbage – Xbox One (US and specific regions only) – 320 MB – $6.99 – Store Link
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Fibbage review – an Xbox One game you play entirely with your phone

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I've been playing it with the family since it dropped. Even my wife, who is not even close to one who plays games, enjoyed this one.  The best part is, it doesn't matter what phone you have to play it. Your phone only need be able to connect to the web and you can play.  Fantastic game for family and friends to get together, especially those who cannot seem to put their phones down for 3 minutes.  With Fibbage, they don't have to.  If you don't have Fibbage, get it. Highly recommended. 5 stars

I've heard that playing from a remote location is actually semi-doable if you broadcast it from your Xbox (as in, the remote people can follow along).  Any truth in this?

Had some fun drunken nights with this and some buddies over the weekend. Fantastic party game that will have everybody laughing!

I really liked the game.. And I think the idea of remote game is ok but is not necessary because the Best part of the game is laughing with friends about the answers

It's not only local play if you want people to see the screen though.  Just broadcast the game over Twitch.  Haven't tried it myself, but I saw a couple broadcasts the other night.

Looks nice I like the idea but I would prefer questions with specific themes such as cinema, nature, car, geography etc

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Technically yes, but playing with them would probably limit the hilarity you can have with the game. Best experienced casually with friends.

It had an answer as "porn" and my 10 year old answered it right...wife asked how he knew that.....that's the extent of inappropriate. Otherwise it was poo and pee answers from the kids....

Yes and no... I found the announcer to make several offensive comments, and it's certainly not g-rated at times.

 

Example: What was the crazy prize on a japanese game show that got banned?

True answer: A baby

Announcer: It wasn't so bad, after taxes, they only took 60% of the baby.

 

Really?  In what world is that comedy?  In what world would anyone laugh at that?  All four of us were offended and immediately wished we could shut off the announcers commentary, and just make him stick to the game.

That's a pretty standard joke IMO. The humorous element is that nobody actually would do that, take sixty percent of a baby. But comedy is very subjective, so no joke will work for everybody.

I don't think that PEGI is an issue more a question of localisation to the statements i'd guess. After all as a Brit I don't give a stuff about Gridiron or Baseball. Give me proper Football instead :)

You could make a pretty good question out of your statement:
"as a Brit I don't give a xxxx about Gridiron or Baseball."
Most north Americans would struggle to come up with a correct sounding word that wasn't obscene. LOL

As a Brit I'd guess: Toss, Fig, Rats arse, Monkeys, Damn, Mucky Duck, Justin Beiber, Dirty Uncle, Nun wrapped in bacon... :D

But to be honest, all sports are lost on me, whether they be football, football, football or that thing Australians play, football is it? Load of rubbish if you ask me :D

You don't know Jack was the same, the questions would come out in random order, so sometimes you'd get a question you had played in a recent game, but there were also only enough questions to last maybe 20-30 games. But they were always really random questions written in riddle, so if you hadn't played it for a few months you'd have forgotten most of the answers

my gf has 25 bucks to spend that will expire on her account, so looks like we are buying this.. will be good for when friends are over

You will enjoy this game and look like a savior to family time when you're family gets together to play.

Wife and I played last night, this game is Awesome... So fun... the only thing I can see that might be bad is since you connect through a website... if Jackgames wants to end support they could... then game would be no good. But $6.99 we got that much fun last night... can't wait to play after work.