It started in the mid ninties, has had it's theme games and experiments but when all is said and done, You Don't Know Jack is back full throttle with a lavishly produced new entry into the franchize.
Supporting online play as well as play from home with friends, You Don't Know Jack's premise remains the same. Get a question and a dollar amount, buzz in if you think you know the answer. A right answer nets you money and praise. A wrong answer takes cash away and leaves you with shame. The timer ticks away this time and ringing in sooner will net more money and multiple players this time can get right answers instead of just one player. When all players have rung in, you will see whos a winner or not.
No Gibberish Questions or anything involving typing this time concerning that you are using the controller. Dis Or Dat is still around (again with all players participating) and remains the same with 7 items relating to one of two themes and needing to match them up, along with the Jack Attack where you match up an item among various potential answers. A new feature has the "Wrong answer of the game" where you can earn a bonus by selecting a special wrong answer per episode that has a tie to the episodes sponsor. You can even win things like a fashionable barrel or keg of toothpaste. Collect them all!
Plenty of trophies are out there to unlock like coming from behind in the Jack Attack round, getting all the Wrong Answer of the Games, playing a game with all four players and even put down wins like "Quick Draw McDumbass" where you buzz in too early on 10 questions and get the questions wrong.
73 different trivia games are available at 10 questions a piece and theres a Jack Pack download that has 10 more games. Hopefully they can keep getting more Jack Packs out to keep the trivia coming.
The game looks lush compared to other entries with silly intros to the questions but it does irk me that the memory could have been used to have more questions, or that there is only ONE tune to accompany the intro animation when other games would at least have two. Any other complaint was that the random question values are back to regular amounts like the older games, but having a countdown to the value along with having other characters able to buzz in and still get the right answer does help things. Oh yes, and there still is screwing with a player who successfully screws able to pass up a question if they want to afterword.
The sound is packed full of those great bogus commercials for things like Bible Action Figures and Brazen Paper Towels and there are some new ones too. Cookie my favorite host is back in the drivers seat while Schmitty is the voice of the sponsor.
You Don't Know Jack this time may not have tweaked the formula the way I liked it in "The Ride" or had the magnitude of questions that the "Offline" series had but it's still fun, still funny and still JACK.
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