The Buzzer Mode allows users to “buzz” into a game from a mobile device or computer. You can use Buzzer Mode in all play modes and in event mode.

Buzzer mode makes it easy for you to keep track of which player or team elects to answer a question first and gives your players an easy way to elect to answer a question.

How it Works:

1. Launch your game from the My Games page. Select Yes when the “Do you want to play with buzzer mode?” screen appears after launching your game.

2. Direct players to playfactile.com/join on their devices of choice. They can use a smartphone, tablet, or a computer.

3. Have players enter the game PIN to join the game.

4. Once all teams have joined, click “Begin Game” to start playing.

5. Play as normal by opening Tiles. The question will display on the moderator’s screen and the teams will see their “buzzer” on their devices.

During gameplay, the game will show the order in which the teams “buzz in” by displaying a number on the team podium on the main screen and displaying finger pointing to the team. The team that buzzes in first gets the first chance to answer the question. If they provide an incorrect answer, the next team in sequential order has the opportunity to provide their answer for scoring. The moderator will score answers using the “check mark” or “X mark” on team podiums.

If player #2 was the first to buzz-in, there will be a finger pointing to Team 2 and the number 1 will be shown on Team 2’s podium. If they answer correctly, the game advances; if they answer incorrectly, the finger will move to the second team that buzzed in.

There are several display options that can be set prior to starting the game on the Customize page:

  • If the students are playing from small devices like iPhones, turn on “Display Question on Buzzer Device”

  • If the students are playing from Chromebooks, tablets or computers, turn on “Display Game Board on Buzzer Device” to display the game board on the left side of the screen and the buzzer on the right side. This allows your students to play from home to see the game board on their computer or tablet while playing in Buzzer Mode.

  • Optionally, you can also turn on “Enter Answer after Buzz” and “Enter Final Factile Answer” – this will allow the students to enter their own answers. The Moderator will see their answer on the main board and can click on the yellow “show answer” to display the answer for that student and determine if it is correct

This is an example of a Student’s display when “Enter Answer after Buzz” has been set:

This is an example of the Moderator’s display after the student has answered:

5. Once all the Tiles are cleared, the game will advance into Final Factile Mode. Teams will enter their wagers directly from their device.

6. Once all wagers are successfully entered, the Final Factile question will appear.

7. Teams can also type in their Final Factile Answer straight from their device. If playing with Multi-member Mode, only the team captains will enter their wagers and the Final Factile Answer from their device.

8. The moderator scores the Answers, and the game will display the winner.

Multi-Member Teams (Business Pro)
This mode allows multiple members on the same team to “buzz” in to answer a Question. Each team can have as many team members as desired. One team captain is designated.

With Multi-Member Teams, the teams can either be preselected where each team member selects the same mascot when they join or they can be random where after each team has one person, each additional person is randomly assigned to a team as they join. Then if any one person on a team buzzes in, the team is registered as having buzzed in.

Learn how to play a game with multiple members in a team here.

Using the Timer and Music with Buzzer Mode
You can include a timer and sounds in any play mode, including Buzzer Mode. By default, if you’re using the timer and music, both will continue until either all teams “buzz in” or the timer runs out.

You can change this or use the following timer/music options from the Game Play Settings and Timer Settings on the Customize page.

1. The timer and music will stop after a selected number of teams have buzzed in.
3. The thinking music will start after the reading timer has finished.
4. Use a timer for the Final Factile question.

Whenever you use a timer, you can pause it by clicking on the countdown displayed on your Factile board and click it again to resume.

Stopping the timer and music after a selected number of teams buzz in
Go to the Customize page, Game Play Settings and set a number of teams for “Stop Timer on Buzz-In of (1-50)”. By default, “All” teams are selected; however, use the drop-down box to select the number of teams that can buzz in before the timer stops.

Reading Timer
You can use a “reading timer” to give players a set time to read the Question before they can buzz in. This is useful if you’re playing in Multi-member mode and wish to ensure your teams have time to discuss their answer before they buzz in.

On the Customize page, you can turn the timer on or off by ticking the “Reading Timer On/Off” option. You can also customize the time for the reading timer.

Final Factile Timer
Enable this option to use a timer for the Final Factile Question. You can set how many seconds you want to allow for teams to answer the question.

Buzzer Mode with Choice

If you’re playing in Buzzer Mode, teams can choose their Answer directly from their device. All teams can answer and they can answer in any order. If teams answer correctly, they all can earn points.  

Multi-Member Teams (Business Pro)
This mode allows multiple members on the same team to “buzz” in to answer a Question. Each team can have as many team members as desired. One team captain is designated.

With Multi-Member Teams, the teams can either be preselected where each team member selects the same mascot when they join or they can be random where after each team has one person, each additional person is randomly assigned to a team as they join. Then if any one person on a team buzzes in, the team is registered as having buzzed in.

Team captains are the only team members who enter the Final Factile wager and Final Factile Answer.

How to Play
1. Before you launch your game, go to the Customize page. In the Business Pro Modes, the following Multi-Member Team settings are available:

  • Player Selected Team Assignment. With player selected teams, you designate a team captain for each team. That person is the one who selects a mascot. Then the others on the team select the same mascot and they are all connected to the same team.
  • Random Team Assignment. With random teams, captains are assigned as players join until each team has a captain. From there, any players who join are then randomly assigned to a team.
  • None. Multi-Member Team will be disabled.

2. Direct all players to www.playfactile.com/join

3. Team captains should choose to join as “Captain”. The “Captain” is also designated to choose the team mascot.

4. After the Captains have chosen the team mascots, the Team Members will select see all of the mascots and choose the one that represents their team.

5. Once all teams are connected, you can start the game!

6. Open a Tile to display a Question.

7. Teams will “Buzz in” using the buzzer on their mobile device and their “buzz-in” will be associated with their team.

Allowing a User to Join Buzzer Mode After the Game Begins
As the moderator, you can allow a player to join the game after it begins. To do this, go to the Customize page before launching the game and enable Users Can Join Buzzer Mode After Game Begins.

During the game you will see your PIN on the top left of the board. Students can join the game while the game is in progress by joining at playfactile.com/join (like usual). If you as the moderator wants someone else to join, have them go to playfactile.com/join and enter your PIN shown in the top left part of your game board.

As the moderator, you can approve or reject a player’s request to join the game. If someone joins the game, the PIN box will turn yellow and you can click on it to admit or reject the new player.

Resuming a Saved Buzzer Mode Game
As a moderator, you have the option to save an unfinished game and resume playing at a later time. The game’s progress and teams can be retrieved when you continue playing the game.

To resume a Saved Buzzer Mode game, choose this option as you launch the game from the My Games page. Direct the players to www.playfactile.com/joinresumegame and they can join by entering the game PIN.

Advanced settings:
Second Chance to Buzz in Mode: You also have the option to enable 2nd Chance to Buzz-in through the Customize page. This allows all the other teams a second chance to buzz in to answer the question that the first team answered incorrectly. You can also set the number of times a team can do a Second Chance Buzz In per question.