In False Memories, you're presented with three ludicrous-sounding reality TV shows (or other entertainment), but only one of them is actually made up. These could be dating shows, made-for-TV movies, game shows, songs, and more. They're all unbelievable, but only one is actually fake, and you have to spot it. This is harder than it sounds because real life is – as I once said in a famous quote – often stranger than fiction.
The trivia party game of fake news, fibs and false memories!
In this age of alternative facts, what better game to play than The Game of Lies, a trivia party game where everything is based on bull***t? But these aren't your normal, boring quiz questions – in this game, you have to sort out fake news from fact, sneak a fib past other players, or spot which crazy-sounding reality TV show isn't real.
To win, you’re going to have to lie to the other players' faces. You can even lie about how many spaces you move on the game board!
The Game of Lies: the world’s best-selling party game!*
*this is (currently) a lie.
How to play
Fake News are questions written like news stories except they contain an intentional error (unlike today's media AMIRIGHT). You have 60 seconds to sniff out the error across genres like film, music, arts & literature, history, sport and more. It's like general knowledge mixed with being a detective, except way less homicides.
In Fact or Fib, it's up to the other players to get in on all this lying. The opposing player takes a card from this category, which will contain a surprising true fact. They can either read out the correct fact or lie and change part of it (to help, part of the fact is highlighted that they can easily swap out). Using your powers of deduction, you have to guess whether the player is telling you a fact or fibbing. At stake: years of friendship.
As part of the False Memories and Fact or Fib categories, now and then you’ll draw an 'All Play' card. When this happens, other players write down their own answer to the question and hand them to the card-reader to read out. You must spot the real answer from the player-submitted fakes, with successfully-smuggled lies winning that player a bonus move. So it pays to be a good liar. Just like real life.
False Memories All Plays require players to show a bit of creativity, such as coming up with titles for reality shows or movies, whereas Fact or Fib All Plays are more factual, like guessing the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Dice are so 3000 BC. In The Game of Lies, when you answer a card correctly, you get to take the top card from what we've wittily called the Score Cards. Without anyone else seeing, look at the card, and do one of two things: a) announce the number on the card out loud, and move your token the same number on the board, or b) LIE and announce any number from 1-6, and move your token the same number on the board.
If another player suspects you lied, they can challenge you (we suggest by pointing and yelling “LIAR!”, but up to you). You must then reveal the card to everyone. If you lied and were caught, you must GO BACK the number of spaces you said. If you weren’t lying, and the number on the card matches what you said, the challenger must go back the number you said. This game is gonna end relationships, yo.
What makes the game unique:
Wide appeal: The Game of Lies has been designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of people. So if you're hopeless at bluffing, but rate your general knowledge skills, you might be better at the Fake News category. Likewise, if you suck at knowing stuff, no worries, because being good at sneaking a fib past other players is a vital skill in Fact or Fib.
Variety: Unlike a lot of games where you just do one thing over and over, in this game you do at least three things, because the three categories of questions are so different. It’s a great mix of high and low culture.
It's fun! People laughed a lot when they played it, and I'm preeeetty sure it was because they were having fun and it wasn't at me.