Ever wanted to know just how far technology has jumped ahead in the last 22 years? According to Bret Swanson at Tech Policy Daily (via Cult of Mac), you can get the best idea simply by considering what it would have cost to build the current iPhone back then. According to his estimates, it would have cost Apple more than $3 million to build an equally capable machine in 1991, and that's on the cheap side.
Truth can sometimes seem much stranger than fiction, and Lie Swatter puts that idiom to the test in an amusing, quick-hit comedic trivia game. Developed by Jellyvision, the studio behind the hit You Don't Know Jack series, Lie Swatter serves up a series of seven statements in a certain category and challenges you to pick out the fibs. Do so while leaving the factual notes intact and you'll earn a stack of points in your turn-based competition with an online foe. Actually selecting the incorrect statements from each bunch is often much tougher than it seems, however.
Trivia contests are one of those things for which most people feel like they have expertise in at least a single category. It is soul-crushing to realize that as much as you think you know something, there's someone at the pub quiz who likely spent at least two semesters on the topic, and then they proceed to crush you beneath their boots. Embracing humility, nothing will more rapidly prepare you to accept your mortal insignificance before the cosmos than your first encounter with 94 Seconds by Scimob.
When an earlier incarnation of You Don't Know Jack hit the App Store last year, it captured the look and spirit of the long-running trivia favorite -- including the risqué subject matter and abrasively hilarious narration -- but its single-player-only approach eschewed the multiplayer mentality that made the series such a beloved institution. Luckily, Jellyvision went back to the drawing board and came back with an inventive asynchronous take on the formula, which near-perfectly recreates the fantastic feel and flow of the bigger versions in mobile-friendly, bite-sized chunks.
There are people among us that just know a little too much. They live for trips to the local sports bar to get their hands on those TV trivia games, the gathering of friends for a game of Trivial Pursuit, and those moments where someone asks, "Wait, who was that guy in that movie?" If you're friends with that person, consider making your Game Night event on Facebook private. If you are that friend and suddenly find yourself uninvited to question-based events, you can take solace on your iOS device.
Most of the time, a one-person party just isn’t a party -- at least not a fun one. And sadly, that’s true with the iOS version of You Don’t Know Jack, which pretty much ruins an otherwise wonderful, evilly clever game by forcing it into a single-player-only coffin.