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You Don't Know Jack: Twisted Trivia

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Irreverent trivia game brand comes to Facebook.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most of the humor of You Don't Know Jack: Twisted Trivia is irreverent. Players will be mocked for wrong answers.

Positive role models

The host of this game is off screen. He is sarcastic and irreverent.

Ease of play

Some typing is required to answer some questions, but most of the games involve hitting the spacebar at the right time.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The questions can involve usage of words like "penis" (a question about John Bobbitt) and "pubic" (a question about bikini waxing). In addition, one of the fake sponsors unlocked early is for 'Animal Lovers' Boutique' and while the ads will talk about things like "cow pasties," one of the videos shows one turtle mounting another.

Language

The language is sarcastic and while it does not move into stronger usage of words, it does use words that are anatomical body parts (like "penis" and "pubic") and there are references to breasts as well. There is a "joke" by the announcer about size of clown shoes corresponding to the size of a body part.

Consumerism

Brand names may be part of a question, but generally the ads are fabricated and not for real products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A fictitious sponsor of the game, reached at level 3, is Glug Beer -- a fictional company, but the ad shows people apparently drunk staggering around.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that You Don't Know Jack: Twisted Trivia is a Facebook game requiring a Facebook account. This trivia game asks questions that can be off color, making references to the "g spot" as well as breasts and penises. However, the questions also test a wide range of knowledge, from geographical and historical questions to pop culture. The You Don't Know Jack brand has always integrated pop culture themes and trends, and this game is no different, so this will encourage younger players to remain abreast of current events.

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What's it about?

In YOU DON'T KNOW JACK: TWISTED TRIVIA, players are thrown into a five-question round, answering questions as quickly as possible about pop culture and other areas (such as geography). Answering quickly and correctly scores the most monetary value for each question. While wrong answers can result in a deduction in score, there doesn't seem to be any sort of punishment for simply not answering. Players compete against non-playable characters, but they can invite real friends to try to beat their score. The total scores are tallied at the end of the five questions (which takes about 3-4 minutes to complete), with a winner declared. As players accrue \"booty,\" their level increases. There are also performance enhancers to accelerate the levels a player can achieve. The question format varies slightly, and the overall game is very fast-paced.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

You Don't Know Jack: Twisted Trivia has lost a little of its luster over the years, and this Facebook game is an example of how what worked in the past doesn't quite work now. The jokes feel forced at times, with several of the questions being off-color or leading to off-color comments. However, the game is a decent representation of the You Don't Know Jack franchise as a whole. The games are appropriately quick-paced, and they can provide a decent test of pop culture knowledge.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to stay safe when it comes to using the Internet.

  • How should you responsibly use social media such as Facebook?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Subjects:Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, history
Arts: film, playing
Language & Reading: naming, reading comprehension, text analysis
Science: ecosystems
Hobbies: sports
Skills:Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, problem solving
Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, making wise decisions
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Jellyvision Games
Release date:May 30, 2012
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:NR

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