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The 1998 PC Game Trivia / Game Show video game

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UH OH! Elmer Fudd Dimestore! THE RIDE!!!

  • Feb 28, 2011
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The You Don't Know Jack series up at this games point had played it pretty straight with it's snarky sense of humor and clever way of putting questions together using topics like Oedipus and Pac Man.  They were all fun to play but it was easy to tell when one player was doing well and not hard to see if they were going to win. 

You Don't Know Jack has no story, it's a trivia game.  The opening screen gives you a question and picking one of two answers will lead you to a game of theme related trivia questions (and will always include ridicule.  One opening question asks if you go to the gym Yes? or No?  Picking Yes will have the remark "It's not working out unless it's $300 a month.")

From there, you enter your name and are issued your screws.  Screwing in the game forces your opponent to answer a question whether they know the answer or not.  If they get it right, the screwer, loses the amount of money that the screwee won.  The Ride takes screwing to new levels....huh huh huh - with the "flak jack" method by firing screws like a machine gun into the screen and covering the question and answers making it impossible to read.

All the hosts from the previous game are back and will alternate between games.  Cookie (my favorite host) Guy, Schmitty and finally the original host Nate will be your wiseacre hosts.  Buzz the host of volume 2 with the surfer dude voice is limited to cameos.

The gameplay itself is similar to Jeopardy with a player buzzing in to answer a question and getting the question right gets you the money and praise.  Get it wrong, you eat ridicule and lose money.  Most questions have you pick from 1 of 4 answers.  Buzzing in too early gives you joke answers which guarentees a wrong answer.  Some questions have you type in an answer.

New games like Bingo have you buzzing in on the first letter of the correct answer to spell a word out.  Get all 5 letters to win.  Buzzing in on the wrong letter loses you money. 

Say for instance in the MUSIC floor, you need to spell M.U.S.I.C.  and one of the clues that comes up is: Doobie Brother McDonald.  When the "M" for in M.U.S.I.C. comes up, click your buzzer since M is for Michael.

Roadkill, another game takes two items and puts words out for you to buzz in when theres a connection between them.  For example:

"____ the fat"  and  Wookie "____"bacca"

when "chew" comes up, you buzz in.

After all 7 words are guessed, you play a bonus round to match what all 7 right answers have in common.

Old favorites like the Dis or Dat also are around where each item that comes up is either one or the other or maybe even both.  For example all 7 items in one game may be either involving Rhoda from Mary Tyler Moore, or Yoda from Star Wars.  When "lives in a swamp" comes up, you would select Yoda.

Oh yes, the infamous Gibberish Question also makes an appearance.  A big wad of Gibberish words will show up as money ticks down and you have to unscramble the phrase.  You will be given some clues as the time ticks away but don't wait too long or you won't get anything and for the LOVE OF GOD, NEVER type in "F**k You"  No joke, in a three player game if all players do this, the game will do a rage quit on YOU and boot you out of the game and back to Windows!

Finally the Jack Attack finishes off all of the games where 1 topic shows up on screen and matches show up and leave, buzz in while the correct answer corresponds.  If the clue at the beginning of the attack is "A Boy and his Robot" and the Answer is John Connor, you wouldn't buzz in when T-1000 flashes buy, you would wait for The Terminator before you ring in.

The game has at least 50 different "floors" of trivia with 13 questions a piece with general topics having a theme from everything including music, sex, censorship, things that are hot, space, fetishes, ATF, food and many more.  The game as I said does have a smart ass attitude about it not to mention gets into some more "adult" humor so it's not really for kids but not completely tasteless either.

The graphics are nothing special they do they're job, it's the audio that you come for with plenty of sound bites and barbs from he hosts and the infamous phony commercials that play at the end of each game and PLENTY of easter eggs to uncover.  The design team really worked overtime to get these gems into the game and it's a blast when you hear them.

Other Jack games have come and gone, some for consoles, some are themed and a new one just came out for most systems, but this Jack is King.....Hail to the King of Trivia baby, we'll be celebrating my coronation at a sports bar and laugh at they're trivia games....ha ha ha!


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Quick Tip by . February 27, 2011
Fourth entry of general knowledge questions in the smart ass pop culture and high culture trivia series. Adds plenty of new question types, brings back all the hosts and balances the gameplay to make it possible for anyone to still win. One of my favorite games.
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Number of Players: 1-3
Publisher: Bandai
Developer: Jellyvision
Console: PC Game
Genre: Trivia
Release Date: November 30, 1998
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