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YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on April 20, 2011


YOU DON'T KNOW JACK
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PROS

  • High energy quiz-show gameplay.
  • Excellent voice-over work; clever dialogue and question writing.
  • Currently 20 episodes with achievements to conquer; tied in with Game Center.

CONS

  • No multiplayer option; no pressure to answer questions correctly.
  • Limited replayability; episodes are self contained, making replays a bit of a waste.

VERDICT

If you've had the chance to play YOU DON'T KNOW JACK games before you'll know what you're in for here; if you've not had the pleasure, strap yourself in for some high energy quiz-show fun.


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If there's one thing I've always disliked about being a veritable sponge of useless facts, it's that people constantly tell you to go on a game show. Trust me, it's a problem, I have it and I'm sure others get it too. This is why I love quiz games, because then I get to thoroughly whup my friends without actually needing to know real useful facts. This is also why YOU DON'T KNOW JACK by Jellyvision Games is an insanely fun series, unfortunately its recent release on the App Store is a single-player affair.

Quiz/Questionnaire titles have a tendency to be fairly toned down or at least very bland in their approach - throwing in some gag questions now and then, but generally failing to excite. The YDKJ series spins traditional Quiz games on their head by making sure the game show it's presenting is fun, vibrant and most of all, engaging, while the questions are usually a fun bonus where the points often don't mean a lot outside of boosting your ego. The announcer is loud, brash and amusing (at times), making the act of participating in what is essentially a giant multiple-choice questionnaire a lot of fun.

There are some downsides though, most especially the lack of multiplayer - while not necessarily super competitive, sharing the experience with others adds a lot to the YDKJ games and it's a shame you can't get others in on the action (at least not directly). Other minor niggles include a dependence on referencing very recent pop-culture - something that's prone to quickly lose its sharpness - and regionalized questions dealing with brand-names, products and other Americanisms.

Despite all this, YOU DON'T KNOW JACK remains amusing to play and while it's not likely that you'll barrel through all 20 currently available episodes in one go, it's definitely worth checking out if you think you have all the answers.

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