Excerpt: In the mid-nineties, the You Don’t Know Jack ( YDKJ ) franchise shook up the interactive trivia scene with a sharp awareness of its own audience and the context in which they’d experience the game. The source of much entertainment at social gatherings, the series expanded rapidly, while holding onto the emphasis of presentation and puerile humor that made it such a success in the first place.
Conclusion: All in all, You Don’t Know Jack is a highly underrated title. The game has a one of a kind, hilarious sense of humor that is guaranteed to get you to laugh out loud more than once. This is particularly a must own if you are into face-to-face social gaming, and would provide a nice alternative for quiz show fans and those Rock Band fanatics. With the game being $29.99, there is really no excuse why you shouldn’t get this.
Excerpt: , for the PC. The last version I played was Volume 3, so I was pretty excited when I heard a new version was finally coming out (although many other versions have come out on PC, as I've learned).
Conclusion: What makes it so easy to sink an entire evening into YDKJ is the strength of its material, regardless of the series' lengthy absence. Contemporary pop-culture trends like Twitter are affably indulged in questions, but not excessively. Being asked to differentiate between tweets from Taylor Swift and the Dalai Lama ("Others have the right to happiness, just like yourself"; "Japan is amazing") is on par with the unpredictable questions present in previous iterations.
Pros: Kooky intellectual potty humor, Stands alone without nostalgia, YDKJ is finally back
Cons: Strangers in online multiplayer, Short rounds go too fast, Running out of questions
Excerpt: For the past decade, trivia gamers have gotten by with perfectly decent quiz-show games like Buzz! and Scene It? —earnest titles that tried hard to please us, as evidenced by their can-do punctuation. They were just so darn eager to fill the void left by that titan of the late-’90s CD-ROM era, Jellyvision’s quizzer series You Don’t Know Jack . Now the prodigal son has returned. Jack is an astonishingly good game.
Excerpt: Love trivia? Then you probably haven’t loved its recent evaporation on Xbox 360. 2009’s Trivial Pursuit and Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! were the epitome of so-so, and last summer’s 1 vs. 100 cancellation was a crushing blow for the low-profile genre. Its future has been looking pretty dire — but thankfully, You Know Don’t Jack feels like a good step toward recovery.
Pros: + Really good trivia-game formula; funny questions and delivery., + Accessibility and rapid-fire pace make it a perfect party game.
Cons: - Presentation-wise, it’s a little light on variety and visual flair., ? The YDKJ website lists “New fonts!” as one of the game’s features. How awesome is that?
Excerpt: The layout of the game really could not be any simpler, seeing no need for some screwy storyline or fancy graphics, YDKJ puts all of the effort into what made the game entertaining in the past. That being, off the wall questions, topical comments and an outstanding sense of fun in each fast paced game you play.
You Don't Know Jack: Jack Is Back, And In Rare Form
8 February 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Resurrect the snarky pop-culture quiz show for a new generation
Graphics: The text is readable, bumper animations are clever, and…that’s about all there is to see
Sound: Cookie Masterson is back, and in rare form. He and his supporting cast manage to sell even some of the slightly weaker material
Playability: See the right answer, press the appropriate button.