You Don't Know Jack
So you don't know jack about You Don't Know Jack?
Ahhh.. there was a time in PC gaming history before online multiplayer dominated the market. When any old ragtag group of coders and artists could make a game and get it on a store shelf provided the idea was interesting enough. That was the era that spawned the original You Don't Know Jack--an irreverant and witty trivia game for up to 3 players all gathered around one PC. I remember countless nights playing the old Jack games with my friends, huddled in front of the screen, laughing out loud at the sarcastic remarks made by the Jack host when my friend would answer a question wrong. The transition to a console-only game rather than PC games is natural for something with a formula as simple as Jack's: You choose a category, and the host asks a question that somehow ties into the category name, whether or not it's in the way you thought it meant. Whoever thinks they know the answer can buzz in and choose from one of the multiple choice answers, or ,in some versions, use the "Screw" (one-time use) to force someone else to answer the question. Answering correctly nets you cash, but an incorrect answer takes away your hard-earned money, and can even put you in the red! Interspersed between the normal-type of trivia questions are fun mini-games with interesting rule sets to mix things up. At the end of the game you had the Jack Attack round, which featured matching one thing with another, based on whatever the category chosen for the Jack Attack was. (eg. matching Mario with Luigi for the category "Video Game Buddies") Overall, the classic YDKJ games were a lot of fun (at least, until you manage to memorize the answers to the game's thousands of questions) and presented in a really slick manner. The voice work and interface were amazing for their time and if the new Jack is anything like the old Jack, we're in for a treat.
One of the best games. PERIOD.
Why do I call this as "One of the best games"? Because If there's games that you get something out it besides entertainment, YDKJ is one of them. This is both a party game, and an educational game. Educational because unless you know the answer to the questions asked, you'll learn something. Also, because this game has trophy achievements, you might want to be careful as to who you play this game with if you REALLY want to get the trophies. There isn't a lot of online gaming going on with this game (at least for the PS3), so getting the trophies from online playing maybe difficult. All in all, it's a great party game for your friends, family, co-workers, etc. and to see who's dumbest of your group.
I may not know Jack but I do know this game is fun
YDKJ brings back classic and some innovative twists to the classic PC game.