Excerpt: Back in 1995, a video game quiz show entitled You Don’t Know Jack hit the shelves . It was released to critical and popular acclaim, and quickly found itself in the lime light. Between 1995 and 1996, there were 4 versions of the game released to eager fans across the country. The game was so popular that it started to branch out into other forms of video games, even making a foray into television. It was a classic case of getting too big, too quickly, because by...
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: It's a rare game that can feel fresh and entertaining 15 years after its debut, but all it took was a lot of clever writing to make the You Don't Know Jack formula a modern success. The latest entry in the venerable trivia game franchise uses snarky humor and witty cultural references to test a broad range of knowledge, but you don't need to be in on the joke to participate.
Pros: Witty writing is often laugh-out-loud funny, Lively format keeps things moving, Novel wrinkles spice things up
Cons: Winning is often determined by twitch reflexes, Episode structure can get repetitive, Some crass jokes fall flat
Excerpt: History does have a tendency to repeat itself, what was once old is new again. Leggings, velour, disco – it’s all been around before and has come back with a vengeance at some point or another. Hell, even ancients like Duke Nukem are attempting to become relevant again, so why not everyone’s favorite trash talking game show?
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.
Conclusion: Jack won't blow you away with spectacular high-definition graphics or a deep and involving story. But then again, it's not supposed to. The essence of You Don't Know Jack is playing with friends, having fun, and getting a good laugh. The little changes of gameplay in comparison to other entries, especially the ability to allow everyone to answer a question, make for a better experience.