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You Don't Know Jack Movies Review

Colin By:
Colin
06/05/04
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE  
PLAYERS 1- 3 
PUBLISHER Berkeley Systems 
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RELEASE DATE  
T Contains Comic Mischief, Suggestive Themes

What do these ratings mean?

Did somebody forget to titillate the ocelot?

Once again the lights are dimmed and the CD-ROM is spinning, and it's time for a brand new You Don't Know Jack! This time, Cookie and friends have gotten their paws on a plethora of movie trivia questions (800 to be exact). Alex Trebec better run and hide, because You Don't Know Jack Movies will stump even the biggest movie buffs.

You Don't Know Jack Movies is the latest in the highly successful trivia series by Berkeley Systems. This game is the second themed version of the game (the first being You Don't Know Jack Sports.). YDKJ Movies carries on the fine traditions of its predecessors and combines rapid fire trivia with that irreverent humor we've come to love.

Because it is just a themed version of the game, YDKJ Movies contains no new kinds of questions or unexpected surprises. It runs off the YDKJ Volume 2 engine and has all the categories that that game introduced.(ex. DIS or DAT, Fill in the Blank, etc.). If you didn't get it from the title, all the questions are based on movie trivia (no, really?). Just like YDKJ Sports, the designers have come up with a slew of new graphics and animations to fit with the new theme (don't be afraid if question 11 has a sword fight before getting to the trivia.).

All the humor is back and mostly brand new! Though it is disappointing that they reused some of the fake commercials from the earlier versions of YDKJ, they only used ones that fit with the theatrical theme. Only nit-picky, die-hard YDKJ fans would notice those tiny details, so most of you readers don't have to worry about that.

The only real drawback that makes YDKJ Movies a little bit worse than the "normal" versions is that YDKJ Movies caters toward a specific audience. While anyone with a certain amount of intelligence can figure out most of the questions in the "normal" versions, all of the questions in YDKJ Movies are really specific and completely unanswerable by someone who hasn't seen a certain movie. While this does fit with the title of the game, it's not as much fun when nobody answers three questions in a row. Everyone gets really quiet when they feel stupid. (Kinda defeats the purpose of a party game.), though this means that all the screws get used every round.

All in all, You Don't Know Jack Movies is a much better themed version of YDKJ than YDKJ Sports. The questions are much more tuned to the same audience that the original game had. Unfortunately, as with all themed games, you lose a lot of gamers who don't know a lot about that subject. That's to be expected, but when movie buffs are unable to answer a lot of the questions, that makes the game just plain hard.

B+ Revolution report card
  • Wacky Trivia Fun.
  • Very Hard Specific Questions.
  • Better than YDKJ Sports
  • Still not as good as the original
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