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Awooga, Awooga! A Silly Review of Jibbergiggle

Quick Look: Jibbergiggle

Designer: Hazel Reynolds
Artist: Chris Reynolds and Suzanne Taylor
Publisher: Gamely Ltd.
Year Published: 2019
No. of Players: 3-8
Ages: 8-108
Playing Time: 30-45 min.

From the publisher:

Jibbergiggle is a party game that takes everyday scenarios and challenges you to act them out using only ridiculous nonsense words and your own expressive face.

Can you calm down a bear using only the words 'wimmy wozzle' or propose to your partner by saying 'patootie'? Master the art of spouting nonsense in silly noises, as others attempt to guess what exactly it is you're trying to do!

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com

A copy of Jibbergiggle was provided to me for the purposes of this review, but all opinions here are my own or those of my friends and gaming groups.

Review: Jibbergiggle

Are you ready to sit on your hands and let the jibberish fly while you get your friends and family to guess what's happening to you? Jibbergiggle is a family-weight party game where you have to get the other players to guess that you're telling a joke or opening a disappointing present, but the only words you can say are "pibble pobble" or "fadoody!"

Components and Setup:
Jibbergiggle is a card game that comes in a compact box with a slim sheet of well-written instructions. The 108 cards include:
  • 28 Jibbergiggle cards, each with 3 random jibberish phrases
  • four sets of 20 double-sided scenario cards 

To set up the game, shuffle the pile of Jibbergiggle cards and choose a scenario set (1-8). Shuffle the scenario cards and spread nine of them out in the center of the playing area. As players guess each scenario, they will win that scenario card and remove it from the table. When one is removed, simply replace that scenario card with a new one from the set. You're ready to go!

Gameplay and Mechanics:
Jibbergiggle is a new and interesting type of acting or clue-giving game--you need to get the other players to guess what scenario you are acting out (secretly choose one of the face-up scenario cards on the table) while you sit on your hands (to keep from gesturing) and use only your facial expressions and tone of voice while you repeat a silly phrase in place of talking.
Can you make, "Flobadob... flo...ba...dob... flo... ba......" sound like you are talking in your sleep?
How about, "Churgle! Churgle! Churgle! CHUR! GLE! Chhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhur!" as if you're counting down to a rocket liftoff?
That's the whole idea behind the game!

The first person to call out, "Jibbergiggle!" makes a guess about which scenario you are voicing, and if they're right, they take the scenario card. If they're wrong, you keep acting, but the person who guessed wrong can't guess again during this turn.

Keep going until either one person has collected 10 cards or until there are only 3 cards left on the table. Then everyone counts up the cards they took, and the person with the most cards wins.

The rules sheet includes a helpful FAQ as well as suggestions for alternate modes like Silent Jibbergiggle (facial expressions only) or Tricky Jibbergiggle (draw a secret scenario and the guessers don't have cards to choose from). I love any time a company can make their games flexible enough for different players in different scenarios, and I really appreciate these extra modes they suggested.

The Good:
I have played a handful of Gamely Games so far (including Soundiculous and Randomise), and I can count on them to get a group of friends laughing and having a goofy good time. Jibbergiggle does not disappoint. The premise of the game is simple to explain, so anyone can play, and every round winds up in giggles and laughter. I have never not had a good time playing this game.

As a gameschooling mom, I enjoy this game because it helps kids zero in on nonverbal cues in communication. How do you know that someone stubbed their toe just by the tone of their voice? How would someone's facial expression help you know that they're disappointed in the present they just opened? Jibbergiggle gives families and gameschooling groups a great way to practice and talk about these communication skills--wrapped up in a catchy party game, of course.

What may be our funniest moment from Jibbergiggle so far: I had the jibberish phrase "Heebie Jeebie" and my scenario was "Training a naughty dog." When the round started, we were in my living room with my dog asleep in a pile of blankets on the other side of the room.

As soon as I started in: "Heebie! Heebie jeebie!" his little head perked up and he bounded across the room to me, tail stiff and in alert mode. My family also knew instantly what I was going for, too--apparently I really do have a "different voice" I use with the dog!

The Not-So-Good:
Jibbergiggle hits the two notes that you'll most often see in this section of my reviews:
  • We want more! We'd love even MORE cards to have MORE silly phrases and MORE scenarios so that we could play it more often without eventually running into repeats.
  • It's light, zany, and family-oriented. There are some gamers who aren't interested in this type of game, and that's totally fine. We have plenty of heavier games here at Everything Board Games to interest you!
Even the not-so-good isn't very bad!

Players Who Like:
Jibbergiggle would be a good game for folks who already enjoy clue-giving party games like Catch Phrase or Just One. It's also great for gameschoolers working on communication skills!

Final Thoughts:
In closing, I'd just like to say




Coochie Coo!

Jibbergiggle takes the familiar framework of a clue-giving game and layers on the fun and added challenge of restricting you to using a jibberish phrase. We have enjoyed playing it so far and I know that it will stay a part of our collection to play at parties, as a filler between heavier games, and with our gameschooling friends, too!

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About the Author:

My name is Alexa: I'm a life-long game player and homeschooling mom to two awesome kids. I've loved board games since my early days playing Scrabble and Gin Rummy with my grandmother, and life only got more interesting when I married a Battletech enthusiast and fellow game lover. We've played games with our kids since they were small, and I helped start a thriving homeschool co-op where we have weekly sessions of board games with kids.  In a family with kids raised on Catan and Pandemic, life is sure to be fun! You may run into me on Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and other social media as MamaGames. Be sure to say hi!
Awooga, Awooga! A Silly Review of Jibbergiggle Awooga, Awooga! A Silly Review of Jibbergiggle Reviewed by MamaGames - Alexa C. on March 23, 2020 Rating: 5

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