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Like You Don’t Know Jack? Then 5th Dementia will float your boat. Don’t like the crazy questions? Then stay away. This game is pretty much identical to YDKJ: The Ride, although a little less evil with the naming. It brings nothing revolutionary to the series, and although it’s plenty of fun, it’s been done many times before. Get it if you’ve worn out your other seven Jack games, are looking for new blood, or simply like the series. But don’t expect anything more or less than the others.
Ok, despite what the series is called, you probably do know Jack by now. If you don't, here's the skinny: You Don't Jack 5th Dementia is the latest in the series of computer trivia games which is set up like a TV show. The game so perfectly emulates a hip TV quiz program (complete with slick music and host) that they've finally decided to actually make a real YDKJ TV show, which premieres on ABC on June 20, 2001.
It's another You Don't Know Jack trivia game. If you've never played one before and you like trivia, then you should think about picking one up because it really is fun. And if you've always wanted to play via the Internet with your friends or complete strangers, than this is also good for you. The You Don't Know Jack series has a good rep for a reason; it has high quality sound, graphics (even if they are simple) and a great sense of humor. Plus you get free microwavable popcorn in the box.
Aside from online play, they haven't changed the winning formula that is You Don't Jack very much. You get some animated faces to choose from and one new game, but otherwise it's pretty much the same deal. I didn't think the host was quite as funny as in previous games, but the game is still humorous and screwing your friends is still a blast. If you've played out your old Jacks and are looking forward to 550 new questions and plenty of new goofy commentary, 5th Dementia is a recommended buy.
The latest installment in the successful and long-running You Don't Know Jack trivia game series is similar to its predecessors in most respects. It pits you against up to two other human opponents in a mock contest to win as much cash as possible - your job is to answer various trivia questions quickly and correctly. As with most other games in the You Don't Know Jack line, 5th Dementia has a simple but elegant and highly polished presentation; funny, well-written trivia questions; and a great host, whose voice-over brings the game to life. What distinguishes 5th Dementia from previous games in the series is the inclusion of an online play component, which lets you easily take on a couple of online opponents in a friendly, or not-so-friendly, trivia battle.
Looking back, I know it seems as though I'm really railing on this one part of the game, but, truth be told, there's not much more to it. Maybe it's just a matter of personal preference, but I'll take Alex Trebek over the You Don't Know Jack pinhead any day. At least the free bag of microwave popcorn that comes with the game was good, though if you pick this one up on the discount rack a year or two from now, I'd check the expiration date.