Parents' Guide to

Fibbage XL

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lie-telling trivia game stumbles over frequent tech issues.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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You don't need to be strong at trivia if your lies are convincing enough, but you may have a tricky time finishing a game without some technical issue popping up. Fibbage XL turns the concept of trivia games on its head, because the focus isn't on knowing the answer to the trivia question being asked. Instead, it's about misleading and confusing your opponents by providing answers that sound plausible enough that your rivals will think they're correct, earning you lots of points. Of course, you're trying to find the correct response as well, which is tricky, because frequently, the most absurd comment is the right one. Plus, depending on who you're playing with, the responses you'll have to choose from can range from crude to potentially mature (so if you're planning a family night, make sure the family filter is turned on). It's also nice to see that players can give recognition to the lies that are more amusing, allowing people to win the Thumbs Up Cup at the end of the game.

While the majority of the content is dependent upon players to produce good, confusing lies, the game suffers from a big problem: maintaining a connection to devices. Docking the Switch in a television and having it serve as the main source of action works well, but the connection between devices and the Jackbox.tv site isn't always stable. It's annoying to be in the middle of a game with other players, only to have your phone, computer, or tablet disconnect from a match without warning, or to have it freeze and not recognize that an answer was submitted. Refreshing the browser window only occasionally restored control to devices. On top of that, in the rare instance that you manage to enter the right answer during the lie phase, no bonus points are awarded, and only minor acknowledgement shows up on-screen that you were correct. But if you can overlook the tech problems and are interested in a new twist on the trivia format, Fibbage XL could be fun for your next family game session.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Jackbox Games, Inc.
  • Release date: July 23, 2020
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: T for Drug Reference, Sexual Themes, Violent References
  • Last updated: August 10, 2020

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