You Don’t Know Jack comes to iOS as an expansive and potentially expensive free-to-play title

Daniel Bader

December 14, 2012 3:43pm

You Don’t Know Jack has come to iOS, and it’s a great game. Well, scratch that — YDKJ came to iOS in April as a paid app, but was quickly scrapped in favour of a cross-platform free-to-play version.

The one Jellyvision released this week gives you one free play per day, which can be augmented by purchasing tokens for real money. A new game costs 200 coins, and you can buy blocks of tokens for continued enjoyment. $1.99 nets you 1000 tokens, or five plays; $16.99 gets you 10,000 tokens, or fifty plays. There are 200 “rounds” in this initial version, with more content promised down the line. Each game consists of five questions, including one “Jack Attack” round.

The game itself is a lot of fun, with crude, censor-pushing content (for an iOS game) and cute, interactive graphics. But the in-app purchase nature of the game — everything costs tokens, from the fake “sponsors” to score-enhancing bonuses — takes a lot of the enjoyment out of it. It’s hard to call it free-to-play when you’re locked out of the fun after one daily round.

But the content trumps many of the other finicky details, and I’d have no problem putting $20 towards playing this game daily for 50 days. There are other ways to earn tokens, obviously — higher scores and whatnot — and you are able to compete against random opponents or with Facebook friends.

If you have an iOS device and want to try something a little different, download You Don’t Know Jack. An Android version is coming very soon.

Via: TouchArcade

  • Duuuuude

    “Free-to-Play” is the biggest oxymoron in gaming. I’d rather pay $4.99 for a full game than $131.92 for a “free game”

    • BaconTelevision

      I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • EddieWinslow

    when will this be coming to Android?

  • Dro

    The article describes in detail how the game makes money and how fun it is to play, I still can’t figure out what kind of game it is just by reading this article. More description could have helped instead of clicking more links to find out about it.

  • Slayer

    This game will make a killing amongst stupid people who don’t know jack

  • Iphone guy

    It’s actually a cool little triva game. You can earn more plays by winning or placing with the other people your playing with.

  • Mr. Reliable

    Its super fun actually.

  • Earmonger

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s a fun game but the cost model is not something I want to see spread to other games.