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Austin Powers: Operation Trivia

We review the latest game CD from the people who brought you ”You Don’t Know Jack”

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Strap on your meat helmets and clear the room of carnies. This battle of wits from the people who gave the world You Don’t Know Jack lets you and the International Man of Mystery — or his nemesis, Dr. Evil — team up, with the fate of the planet in the balance. Some questions focus on the first movie, such as naming Dr. Evil’s childhood memories (summers in Rangoon, luge lessons). Others are gimmes about pop-culture gods like the Beatles, the Brady Bunch, and the Blues Brothers. The kitschy, Powers-inspired graphics are, if you will, shagadelic, and it’s terrif to hear Dr. Evil complain along the way (”The world is so not destroyed right now”). Less terrif is realizing that’s not Mike Myers doing the voices but dead-on mimic Colin Mahan (Oh, say it: He’s a Mahan, man!). Still, for the few rounds you’ll play, such details are quite inconsequential… B-