Lasting first impressions of You Don’t Know Jack from THQ
You Don’t Know Jack was a classic trivia game for the PC back in 1995 boasting “where high culture meets pop culture” mixing trivia with comedy. YDKJ was a huge hit with PC gamers and became a true cult classic and even spawned into a (very) short lived TV Show hosted by Paul Reubens of Pee-Wee Herman fame.
The game was originally created by Berkeley Systems in association with Jellyvision Games. Now, Jellyvision games has teamed up with THQ to bring this beloved trivia game home once again. Available now for PC, Xbox360, PS3, Wii, and Nintendo DS, YDKJ brings the hilarious gameshow-esque trivia game back home.
Much like the original fans of this game, I was excited to hear that You Don’t Know Jack was coming back and this time it would be available on the console. This is a true party game in every sense of the word. The game takes absolutely nothing serious and is meant to take your boring old trivia game and actually make it humourous and fun. You just can’t help but laugh at everything in this game; even when you get something wrong, you’ll be laughing not only at yourself, but at the response you will inevitably get from Cookie Masterson, the enigmatic host of the show.
Even if you think you’re a star at trivia games, this one will definitely give you a run for your money. These are not your typical trivia questions. YDKJ’s questions will combine two different topics into a ‘what if’ type scenario and force you to think outside the box to get the correct answer. If one of your rivals starts to take the lead, feel free to use your one assigned screw to, well, screw them. This forces your chosen opponent to answer the question alone. If answered wrong, they lose money and you gain it; but be careful, if they answer the question correctly, you’ve just ‘screwed’ yourself!
If you’re looking for an extremely fun party game that is truly for everyone, definitely give You Don’t Know Jack a try, you won’t be sorry. I played several games online with some friends and we each won a game, proving that any amount of knowledge has just as much a chance of winning as anyone. Trivia will be asked, answers will be given, insults from the host will be handed out, and hilarity will ensue. Who could ask for anything more?
THQ, I gave you an hour and I am still ROFL-ly IMPRESSED.