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Because the essence of the game itself is so simple, it stands alone without needing anything more complicated to back it up. Although, I've gotta say, the music and little 'dance' sequence you get when Question 3 comes up is super sweet and really catchy. The only thing I wish is that the game had more rounds; some of the earlier versions of the game included three rounds and a Jack Attack instead of just two rounds and a Jack Attack. Regardless though, with this game you've got a fun solo and party game that is more than worth the asking price. I mean, if you're a party pooper then you probably won't enjoy it as much when you're losing. But you're not a party pooper, are you? Good. Then go get Jack and try to show off how smart you really are.
This is the trivia game that all the others have been striving to be. It has questions that ooze wit and brains. It has a host that keeps everything lively. It has a scoring system that will challenge you even if you know the answers already. It has ways of balancing the game for people who are not trivia masters that don’t make said masters feel cheated. You Don’t Know Jack came out of retirement and reminded everybody why it's the king, and doesn’t even overcharge you for the privilege.
Overall, You Don’t Know Jack still somehow manages to make fans of the original feel right at home, while ushering in a new era of quiz junkies. It’s a shame there isn’t a randomly generated option, but in such a competitive market, I can see why they elected to go the DLC route. If you’re sitting bored in your dorm room with three other friends, or you just want to test your knowledge of irrelevant and relevant trivia, I’d suggest picking up You Don’t Know Jack.
You Don't Know Jack is a fun, engaging trivia game. It's got a great sense of humor, clever rounds and enough questions to keep you buy for a while. Plus, it's only $30. The presentation isn't anything to write home about, but the base game is great and worthy of some couch time at your next party.
You Don’t Know Jack brings back memories of the classic series with witty writing and some truly challenging and off-the-wall questions. There is just enough diversity to keep things fresh and rounds move by so quickly that it never feels like it is dragging. Presentation and writing are king here. I recommend all trivia buffs pick up this amazing package, especially at the steal of a price at $30.
Cheat Code Central
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. There's lots of fun and humor to be found in Jack; I highly recommend that you always select "I Don't Care" for choosing a name on local multiplayer. While I won't be having marathon sessions of You Don't Know Jack anytime soon, I can see myself playing a game or two every day for a long, long time.
The 73 episodes will take about 15 hours to get through, with DLC episodes already available. Playing by your lonesome isn't that rewarding and on-line play can be frustrating with all those cheap answer grinders out there. You Don't Know Jack is undoubtedly best played in person, with friends, when you can literally screw someone and force them to answer a question in five seconds. If you have the controllers and the couch, you could do a lot worse.
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Cookie’s delivery and the extreme sexual innuendo make this a fun party game, or a way to fill your brain with trivia if you’re playing alone. With 730 questions, and four bonus content packs coming via DLC later, the game has legs.
Game Informer Magazine
You Don’t Know Jack is proof that games don’t need to be excessively complex in order to be fun. Really, there’s not much to it aside from pressing the buttons that correspond with then right answers. Dinging the game on its simplicity really misses the point, though. If you have fond memories of the series or are in the market for an uproarious multiplayer game, it’s time for a Jack Attack.
Retailing for approximately $20 less than a full-priced title, 2011's You Don’t Know Jack manages to retain all the fun of the original title from 1995, but really fails to add anything new or different. As stated above, what the game is, is playable on today's systems and in the end, what good is game software if you don't have a system it'll work on (but I do miss those gibberish questions).
Video Game Talk
For a party game, you really can't beat You Don't Know Jack both for the amount of content in the game and the price. You are looking at about 12 to 16 hours of game for a MSRP of $30. Or if you do math like I do, that's about 6 to 8 game nights worth of trivia if we play for two solid hours each time. There are also four DLC packs in works, hopefully adding ever more content to the game at a low cost.
My only quibble with the game is that it's definitely slanted towards returning players in terms of understanding the need for quick reflexes. I had a couple players get frustrated on the Jack Attacks because they were a bit slow on the trigger, so to speak. In any case, You Don't Know Jack is an excellent choice for parties or simply those looking for a great trivia challenge with a liberal dose of silly humor.
Each episode takes about 12 minutes to complete, and there are 73 episodes on the disc, making for about 15 hours of amusing quiz content. And while other trivia games repeat questions within a few hours of play, You Don't Know Jack keeps the fresh material coming in a steady stream. This combination of quantity and quality makes it a great value, especially at the $30 retail price. Despite the limited gameplay options, the occasional comedic miscues, and the unbalanced Jack Attack, You Don't Know Jack is a great prospect for parties, family face-offs, and solitary self-assessments.
Having played so many earlier versions, I can't say this is my favorite, but it is nice to overall see Jack return to form. The questions are as bizarre as ever, and it reminds me of the good ol' days of trying to wrap my head around questions that all make some sort of twisted sense. This isn't trivia for everyone, but there's definitely something here for the little immature kid in all of us.
After all these years, the You Don't Know Jack experience is still enjoyable, especially if you have a group of people who remember or enjoyed the original series. Even with 73 episodes and online play, the $30 price tag still seems a little steep especially with how the game is structured and the relative lack of customization or options. Fans may want to check it out though.