Ever wanted to play Fakin’ It, but don’t have any players to see each other, or you’re trying to play the game during a livestream? Fear not, because we have a solution: No Cam Edition.
Now for those who don’t know, Fakin’ It is one of five games included in the Jackbox Party Pack 3, and is notable for being the first Jackbox game whose art was directed by Owen Watson. Fakin’ It was in development for multiple years, up until it was finally released alongside the third Jackbox Party Pack on October 18th, 2016.
The basic gameplay itself is sort of similar to the card game “Spyfall”, which involves a similar premise of trying to find the outlier. However, what makes this game stand out is the artwork and the gameplay. However, this game has one major problem: It is NOT streamer-friendly. This is where our “No Cam Edition” comes in.
Now before I go over the instructions, a couple quick notes:
First of all, this is NOT intended to be the recommended way to play Fakin’ It normally; it is merely for experimental purposes.
Secondly, people have attempted this type of playing before (and there’s even videos about it), but no one has really gotten creative with these instructions, other than you know who.
In this GamePlay article, we’ll be showing you how to play Fakin’ It: No Cam Edition, and show you how it’s just as fun as when playing it normally.
Now in case you don’t know the aim of this game, this is the guy to catch…
The most wanted criminal of the world inside the box. He's a master of disguise, and manages to get away with his tricks despite the citizens' best efforts. And when he does get caught, he still manages to escape from his prison.
In each round, each player is given a task. However, one random player will get nothing but a “Try to blend in” message—that person is the Faker. The main goal of this game is for all the players to unanimously vote for the Faker. If they do, the Faker is caught, and the players get points.
The Faker however, can try to deceive people into picking the wrong person; there are only 3 chances (2 if it’s a 3 player game) to catch the Faker before he escapes, resulting in the Faker getting the points.
Now let’s get to the categories…
Hands of Truth
Your average man who's somewhat dim-witted, but smart at the same time. His favorite food is pizza, and he likes to watch sports. He also has this thing with raising his hand too often.
A Hands of Truth task involves raising your hand—it’s a rather simple concept when doing it in-person, but what about for people without cameras?
Well, that’s also rather simple: Raising your hand is the equivalent of answering “Yes” to a question, while not raising your hand is the equivalent of answering the opposite.
- Answer “Y” or “Yes” if you’re raising your hand.
- Answer “N” or “No” if you’re NOT raising your hand.
You Gotta Point
Working as a fashion artist, she has a habit of blaming her problems on someone else by pointing at them. Despite her problematic nature, she's lives a wonderful life as the wife of Owen (Hands of Truth).
A You Gotta Point task involves pointing at another player—again, rather simple when doing it in-person, but what about for people without cameras?
If your messaging service supports it, you can mention (or @) another person, which is equivalent to pointing at somebody, although changing your mind will be a bit more difficult.
- To point at a specific person, mention (or @) that person.
The man with many emotions. He's good friends with Owen (Hands of Truth), but has a tendency to get scared for no reason. He hasn't dated any women yet, thus remaining single.
A Face Value task involves making a face; It’s a rather simple concept when doing it in-person, but what about for people without cameras?
Making a face is the equivalent to using an emoji; any emoji really, as long as it has a face in it. But like with You Gotta Point, changing your mind is going to be a bit more difficult.
- To make a face, type in any emoji you’d like to use, but make sure to pick it as fast as you can.
She's considered the smartest of the gang—she not only has a degree in mathematics, but also in language speaking. She currently works as an accountant.
A Number Pressure task involves pointing a certain number of fingers, normally up to 10.
The No Cam Edition way is pretty easy to do: Just type in a number from 0 to 10. (In order to make the No Cam Edition as authentic to the original gameplay as possible, any negative number or numbers higher than 10 are prohibited…unless you want to get caught as the Faker easily.)
- Type in a number from 0 to 10, which represents the minimum and maximum number of fingers a normal person’s hand would have.
Noises Off (unused)
He may look like an average guy, except for one thing: He can't speak English, but rather in sound effects, due to some curse that happened back at the Monster House—no one else can understand him except for Samantha (Number Pressure), whom he currently dates with.
Noises Off is an unused category—he does not exist during gameplay, except as a stand-in to complete the gang. According to the devs, the category was going to involve sound, but it was scrapped due to not being able to process them all at once. The only evidence that suggested he was going to be a category are inside the games files.
He would later appear as a cameo in future Owen Watson art directed Jackbox games, including Monster Seeking Monster and Split the Room.
Text You Up
A 20-year-old college student with interests in reading and writing. She's great friends with the rest of the gang (and then some), helping them out whenever they are in need. She also owns a pet cat named Oleo, who happens to be an intelligent wisecracker.
The final round is probably the most simple out of all the other categories: Just use your Jackbox.tv controller!
Need I say no more…
So that’s about it! Like I said before, this isn’t the best way to play this game, but it is a neat experiment to play around with.
Now these instructions mainly apply to any chat program with private group chat capabilities, such as Discord, Skype, WhatsApp, etc. It is NOT recommended for use in live chatrooms, such as on YouTube and Twitch. If you desperately want to use these instructions for that purpose, use them at your own risk.
It is also recommended that you still use some form of voice communication for this No Cam Edition (alongside the text chat stuff), particularly for the “discuss among your friends” part.
If you manage to follow all of the instructions carefully, you can start Fakin’ It with friends online!
Here’s to hope it’ll give Jackbox some ideas for a streamer-friendly sequel…
Fakin’ It characters originally designed by Owen Watson and Jackbox Games
Illustrations for the website drawn by Sage
Special thanks to the Jackbox community who suggested it