Review: You Don't Know Jack
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For those who are not familiar with the series, YDKJ is a trivia game that goes far beyond what the genre typically does. It models itself after a game show and comedy is always right up front. Really, the best way to understand it is to experience it, so let me bring up a sample question from one of the many YDKJ games.
That's just the tip of the iceberg, of course. There's a lot of great features for this game. The trademark system is how it allows you to screw an opponent once per game, forcing them to answer within 5 seconds. If they get it wrong, they lose the question's value and you get that much. What's better, this version actually allows you to try answering it right to get even more cash! You gotta be careful with the screw, though. If they get it right, you're the one that gets screwed by losing the cash. There's the Dis Or Dat question, listing off 7 things and you have to quickly choose whether it's one of two categories. For example, is "chinese anise" a spice or a fashion faux paus from too-tight clothing? How about "monoboob?" Then there's the Jack Attack, where there's a universal clue and you have to find the two things on the screen that match together with it. For example, if the clue is BFFs and "Spongebob Squarepants" comes up, you'll want to press in when you see "Patrick Star." Both of these modes are absolutely relentless in their pressure.
The announcer Cookie is with you throughout the show, and it's really just like he happens to be there. He goes far beyond the scope of the questions. He has smart-ass comments for almost every wrong answer and whatever status the players currently have. When the show's not "on the air," they have a collection of audio commercials that sound like they were taken from every single YDKJ game in the past! They're worth a listen by themselves, and will definitely motivate you to get the achievement for watching the credits.
These things would make me regret buying the game if it was a full-price game, but at $30, it's definitely a fine thing to get. I would strongly suggest you not play this game online except with people you know and can agree you haven't played the episode in question before. It's a decent game to play alone, but you'll really get the full benefit with friends sitting next to you. Oh yeah, and there's one more feature.
Right answer: Hagar the Horrible has had a special spot in comic strips (and my heart) since 1973. Considering he doesn't ever really do any pillaging and mostly just lounges around the castle, I'd say he fits more as Hagar the Fat-Ass.
Wrong answer: Considering his answer to "the peasants are revolting" tends to be that yes, they really are a revolting sort, he's only relentless in sitting on his keester.