never thought I would be writing a review for any software much less a
game. I have never been a real avid gamer. My husband can stay
up all night and never be bored playing games but not me, no sir.
It is not that I don’t like games, it is just that I stink at role playing
games, I don’t really care for 1st person shooter games (unless my boss
has made me real mad that day) and I get tired of staring at the (let’s
face it) dark, shadowy and eerie screens in most games. Not to mention
I can never beat him at these games. Winning isn’t everything but
it would be nice every once in a while. With all of that said however,
I am as my husband has told me many times — the Queen of Useless Trivia.
I get some interesting looks from him when I come up with “Oh did you know
that. . .”, “Did you know this. . .”, you know the looks; like who really
cares or like I care. Well, I have found a game that my knack for
useless trivia comes in handy and I can kick his behind at.
I begged and pleaded and finally got the game “You Don’t Know Jack”.
In fact I got what is called the “You Don’t Know Jack — Snack Pack”.
The Snack Pack contains four complete games of “You Don’t Know Jack”.
Included are “You Don’t Know Jack — Movies” which features 800 trivia,
quotes, and sequel questions from old and recent movies and “You Don’t
Know Jack — TV” (another 800 questions) that contains questions from the
good old sitcoms like “My Three Sons” and “Father Knows Best” to the more
modern sitcoms. I admit I do better at the questions from the older
sitcoms – not because I am that old (I was just a toddler in the late sixties/early
seventies) but I seem to be more familiar with them. The questions
on these two packs can be very difficult too. They do like the more
obscure trivia at times, but for the Queen of Useless Trivia it is a fun
The Snack pack also includes “You Don’t Know Jack — Volume 1” with another
800 questions that really run the gambit of the knowledge base. These
packs sport multiple choice questions, gibberish questions, Dis or Dat
questions (questions asking which subject a particular thing is part of),
and Jack Attacks. The gibberish questions take sayings and mess them
all up, the announcer reads these sayings in gibberish as they appear on
the screen and you have to figure out what they are with a certain time
period. Here’s a hint, don’t look at the screen when the announcer
reads the gibberish, just listen, then if you still need help look at the
screen. I have found it helpful to listen first and sometimes just
by hearing it you can figure it out. But that is all I am giving
away about those questions. Then come those Jack Attacks (Figure
2). This usually the last in a set of questions and all I am going to say
about these questions are that you better have quick eyes and quick fingers.
It is a challenge not in difficulty of the questions but in quick thinking.
The questions are assigned monetary values according to the category on
each question you pick. I have noticed that sometimes the more wacky
a category you pick the bigger the monetary value but then again the stranger
the questions get too.
The last in the Snack Pack is called “You Don’t Know Jack — The Ride”.
It seems to be a game unto itself as it varies a bit from the other three.
You get to choose the monetary values for each question (again you need
to read and press buttons quickly). While this one is definitely
the funniest by far of the four, I would not recommend this as a kid’s
game. All four games have their irreverent moments; this one outdoes
them all. It has language in it that kids are exposed to each and
every day of their young lives however, you might play it first to see
what you think. Be prepared for questions that are somewhat on the
risqué side. Okay not just somewhat risqué but really
risqué at times. That is probably what makes them so funny.
I have to admit that while I enjoyed the trivia in each of these games
“The Ride” made me laugh the hardest and say “Oh my gosh” more than
once. I am not giving away anymore info on these games as you just
have to try them for yourselves.
“You Don’t Know Jack” is an interactive game of course. It will
remind you of game shows on TV as you have an announcer that you interact
with but of course you have to use keys on your keyboard to do so.
You will be asked how many players (allowing 2 to 3 players depending on
the game) and how many questions you want (7 or 21) and then in order to
answer questions you will be assigned a key to push. The mouse is
not used in this game. The game has sound and visual effects.
When you are through you may continue to play or quit by simply reading
the screen and choosing the key to the corresponding option. This
game is relatively simple to play but trivia-wise it can be a little on
the challenging side
The game is produced by Sierra Attractions and is advertised as “The
Irreverent Quiz Show Party Game” and by the way it is great for a party
game. We have played a couple of times and our friends find it most
amusing. Okay, okay it downright laughable at times – not the games
per say but the way we make fun of people who get the wrong answers (just
kidding). The game is rated T for Teen. As I said before I
would think hard about letting little ones play it. The game does
post a warning on the label about the mature content of the game including
language and sexual references that may not be suitable for children.
Sierra has also added games under the “You Don’t Know Jack” umbrella such
as 5th Dementia; Louder, Faster, Funnier; Jack Volume 3, You Don’t Know
Jack - Sports and they also have Jack for Playstation 1 and Mock 2 for
Minimum requirements are a 486DX66 MHz processor or faster, Pentium
recommended; 16 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM, 180 MB of hard drive space, video card
capable of at least 640 X 480 resolution with 256 colors, SoundBlaster
16 or compatible 16-bit multimedia sound card. The game can be used
with Windows 95/98/ME/2000, probably not NT, and not sure about Windows
XP. I did not see anything listed on the website saying yes or no.
If you would like more information on the game here are some helpful Websites;