A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that You Don't Know Jack is a comedic trivia game for all major gaming systems that blends pop culture with obscure trivia. The game is fast-paced and challenging, but the nature of many questions (and their corresponding answers) makes it inadvisable for young children. Sexual innuendo and suggestive words are cheerfully included, and the host will taunt you if you get an answer wrong or even if your score isn't extraordinarily high. Flippant nature aside, there is some tough trivia here; the game will impart some new knowledge to most players. Also, note that players can play with others in the same room or online, though there is no interaction or communication with other players in online play.
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What's it about?
YOU DON'T KNOW JACK has players competing in a mock television game show, complete with parody \"commercial breaks,\" bonus rounds, and a wide variety of questions. The game blends pop culture references into questions about everything from genealogy to geography. Up to four players can compete in the same room to answer questions quickly and accurately. In addition to the standard Q&A format, there are alternative gameplay modes, such as \"Dis or Dat\" -- where you must identify whether a word or phrase onscreen belongs to one category or another -- and the \"Jack Attack,\" where you must match two items together that fit with an overarching clue.
Is it any good?
Trivia games often run the risk of being run-of-the-mill. That is anything but the case with You Don't Know Jack. The game, which is a revival of a series that was popular in the mid-1990s, perfectly blends sarcasm and quirky trivia. And it's something that will delight both old fans of the series as well as those just being exposed to it. The game is a throwback to the simpler days of gaming, while still remaining relevant to today's player. And while many titles try (and fail) to be funny, YDKJ is one of those few games that will have you laughing regularly -- and loudly. And if you're not careful, you just might learn something in the process. It's a must-have for even the most casual fans of trivia and party games.
Online interaction: Players can compete with others online. In the Xbox 360 version, though, there's no voice chat with other players or any other sort of interaction aside from the gameplay.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how learning can be fun and how information learned in the game might be used in day-to-day life. Did you come away feeling smarter?
Families can also discuss the idea of edutainment; game software that entertains while teaching. Do you think this can be an effective method of getting kids to learn new things?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: THQ
- Release date: February 8, 2011
- Genre: Party
- ESRB rating: T for Crude Humor, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Blood, Sexual Themes
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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