|Platform Reviewed||IBM PC|
|Number of Players||1 - 3|
|Multiplayer Value||Excellent, if limited to 3 players max.|
|Length||Short, but can be played again and again.|
|Skills Required||Cultural Literacy|
|Game Design and Playability||Excellent and wonderful|
|Type Of Fun||Game Show thrills|
|Replay Value||Extremely High|
|The Best||Brilliant vocal talent, masterful design, and oodles of fun!|
|The Worst||Rare, occasional sound glitches (just being picky)|
|How much I'd Pay for This||50 bucks|
'You Don't Know Jack' is a home computer game that creates
the experience of being on a television trivia quiz show. As a
'Party' game it is magnificent, essentially a good time in a box.
As long as the human species has possessed language, trivial
questions have been a favorite waste of time. From board and card
games to television and radio, to the computer, tests of trivial
knowledge are well loved. 'You Don't Know Jack ' has a particularly
smart-assed way of presenting this traditional pursuit.
Easily the finest trivia game I have ever experienced,
'You Don't Know Jack' is top notch from nose to tail. Fantastic
vocal talents blend perfectly with 'just right' visuals to produce
a perfect 'Beer and Pretzels' style party game. Of special note
are the hilarious commercial parodies that are heard at the end
of each game, well worth the time to listen to them. The whole
game is Chocktastic, and turns your world all Pink and Tart-Tee!
My only complaint with 'You Don't Know Jack' is simply a problem with current IBM technology: because the game is all but entirely audio based, sometimes, rarely, the disk drive and the cache cannot keep up and a tiny glitch in the sound may occur. A tiny complaint for an otherwise exemplary game. Extremely worth the purchase price: if you like trivia and have ANY friends at all, I completely recommend 'You Don't Know Jack'. This is a work of exquisite game design and loving effort: a work of art. Brilliant.
Reviewed by Jennifer Diane Reitz, March 10, 1996