Thursday, February 24

Game review - You Don't Knot Jack

    This game is Genius!

    No really, this game is pure genius. You Don't Know Jack is a trivia game for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, and DS. The game has a wicked sense of humor, like the question "Which musician could NOT use his or her name as a Windows file name?" The game is voiced over by the host, Cookie Masterson, whose been in the series since the original.

    Wait...this is a series? Yup, You Don't Know Jack is a series of trivia games that's been around since 1995. The series originally started on the PC., and released more than 10 games for the platform between it's inception and 2003. In addition, the series has seen two PlayStation 1 games, several internet-only games, and a short lived TV show. Yes, a trivia video game that spawned a TV show - that's how awesome this series is.

    Most questions in the game are multiple choice, however this iteration has two other question types: Dis or Dat, and Jack Attack. Dis or Dat lists off seven names/things and you have to figure out whether it's option one or option two - and sometimes the third option of both. An example of this is whether the following is the name of a Pope or the name of a Britney Spears song, and unless you know a lot about Britney Spears or Popes this question is harder than it sounds. The other alternate question, Jack Attack, is always the final question of the game. The Jack Attack is a word association question. A clue is given to help you find the right answer. A word or name then shows up in the middle of the screen, and then a bunch of examples pass by. You have to buzz in when the right example shows up - you'll lose money if you buzz in on the wrong example.

    The game can be played solo, or up to four players. The game is a blast in multi-player, even if you're just watching others play. It can also be played online (except the PC version for some reason.) Multi-player mode adds the screws, which you can use to screw your neighbor. Screwing your neighbor forces another player to answer a question in five seconds. If they get it wrong, you win the money they lose and vice versa if they get it right. Each player gets one screw a game. Also in multi-player, the losing player (player A) plays the Dis or Dat, although the others can attempt to steal money by guessing the correct answer before player A guesses wrong. Also in multiplayer, once someone guesses the Jack Attack example correctly, the game moves onto the next example and the others do not get the money.

    The game is organized into episodes with set questions. The game has over 70 episodes -10 questions + a Jack Attack each - built in and there are more DLC episodes if you get bored. The game is only $30 new, and I think that's more than worth it for 70 episodes.

    To sum it all up, You Don't Know Jack is well worth trying out. It's loaded with cleaver questions filled with entertainingly useless information and witty humour.

Two Word Review - Hilariously Brilliant

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