You Don’t Know Jack is a remix from a past game that used to be available on PC’s based on trivia guessing and peppered subtly with double entendre. The game is back now and is fun but it does lack a greater variety and group of options that one might like to see.
It keeps the very simple concept of the original – players can play or their own or against an opponent and the object of the game is essentially to answer about ten questions and then move into a bonus round. The questions offer answers in a multiple choice style and you just need to select the correct one. The more quickly you can respond, the better the reward will be if your answer if right. The element that differentiates it from other quiz-based games is the manner in which the questions are delivered. The intro is very game show-like and incorporates a little dance sequence and then the master of ceremonies, Cookie Masterson, is quite a sarcastic little goof which works well for some people. You’ll get questions that are tied to pop culture such as Britney Spears tunes or cultural news around the world and then there are nonsensical queries like whether Eggos where invented before Legos. The questions can be challenging and if you do stumble over an easy one, the announcer is sure to try to keep the humour value high so you don’t get bored. The slapsticky schtick might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but others will have a riot.
The style of delivery with the question rounds is not based on a random selection but rather divides up the questions into groups or episodes with separate themes. There are, however, only about 30 of these sequences so once you’ve completed it, you’ll know all the answers to the questions as well as the schtick that goes along with it. If you don’t get the correct answer, Cookie always has a retort for you and that will vary based on whether you’re doing a single or multiple player round. He’ll jibe you if you’re too slow as well so be prepared to take some abuse. The responses from him are very much geared to what’s happening in that episode so that does add to the freshness of the play.
Regardless, the game has a definitive lifespan, unless of course, they come up with add ons to get more episodes. At this point, 30 of them won’t take you that far, especially if you play every day. In the multiplayer round, you and the opponent will have to share the device and still be able to buzz in at the same time which can be somewhat onerous. You can see what your opponent has chosen as an answer while the play is occurring so it truly does destroy the competitive edge.
On the whole, You Don’t Know Jack would end up being a great game without these little downsides. It’s funny, it’s clever and it’s entertaining and it’s challenging enough to keep you thinking. It does have its limitations, though, so while it is recommended for the short time you will enjoy it, it may not be the best value for your money.