You Don't Know Jack TV

a game by Berkeley Systems
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 2 reviews
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If you've been waiting for Alex Trebek to announce "your" category, Sexually Repressed Commonwealth Cultures, turn off the tube and fire up the PC. This outrageous pop-culture TV quiz show is packed with 800 irreverent questions that trounce a variety of subjects from Hamiet to Scooby Doo. Can you name the Partridge Family song? If not.. .well, you don't know jack!

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You Don't Know Jack started as a small, yet humorous and fun quiz show geared toward adults. Since its debut, it has grown into three general versions and even more specialized versions (for topics such as sports and TV), and it even has an internet-only version called You Don't Know Jack, the NetShow.

You Don't Know Jack TV is, if you haven't already figured out, a quiz show for you TV fanatics out there. The CD has a wide array of TV questions, ranging from the early days of TV with older shows like Leave it to Beaver, to the newer ones like Seinfeld and Star Trek: Deep Space 9. But this little game doesn't stop at just questions about TV shows. With questions like "In Seinfeld, what would you not see in Kramer's Kramarica?" You need to know more than just the wheres and whens of shows. The only problem with the variety of topics is that you don't know what you're going to get. Sure, it's a nice break to see variety, but sometimes I'm in the mood for just questions about the stars, and it would be nice to see an option or filter of some sort so I could only get questions about the stars.

The gameplay in YDKJ TV is very simple. Select the number of players using the number keys, buzz in to answer a question using the key assigned to you, and then hit the appropriate number corresponding to the answer you think is the correct one. However, if you want to do any multiplayer, you need two or even three people on the keyboard at once, and with the buzzer keys next to each other, it gets very annoying when three hands are all hitting keys at once—sometimes your key. Multiplayer options would have been nice, even IPX or DirectPlay support, so if you have more than one computer in the room it would be a bit easier to play. And as stated above, You Don't Know Jack is geared mainly toward adults, and in more than one way. First off, the game contains questions dating back for decades, so the younger ones might not be able to answer those. Second of all, for the game to be funny and entertaining instead of boring Q&A, the designers put in some moderate language that you may not want your kids to hear.

You Don't Know Jack TV is definitely a good buy for the TV fanatic looking for some way to test his knowledge, and is always a cool and fun thing to play while at parties. And although it has its pitfalls, You Don't Know Jack TV is a fun, entertaining, and a refreshing break from the computer-game genre of shoot-'em-ups.

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