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You Don't Know Jack (Windows)

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You Don't Know Jack is a humorous trivia game for up to three players. The players take part in a quiz game, which partly parodies television shows such as Jeopardy. The players do need to answer serious questions, and knowledge of various topics (ranging from classical literature to modern pop culture) is required; however, the show's host is distinguished by his sense of sarcasm, sometimes offering humorous wordings for questions, and sardonically addressing the participants.


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There are 7 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.

Alternate Titles

  • "你不了解杰克" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "YDKJ" -- Informal abbreviation

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The ultimate party game! tbuteler (3025) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameSpot May 01, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Games Magazine Jun 21, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Coming Soon Magazine Nov 30, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Feb, 1998 80 out of 100 80
PC Jeux Jan, 1998 74 out of 100 74


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This game was originally prototyped as a Hypercard program by some Mac fanatics at a company called Jellyvision. When looking for a publisher for a commercial version, they immediately thought of Berkeley Systems because of their place in Macintosh culture.

The timing was perfect, as Berkeley Systems' former main business, the After Dark line of high-quality animated screensavers, was faltering with the advent of cheap slide show screensavers and the exhaustion of "A list" licenses like Star Trek and The Simpsons.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Classics/Puzzle Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #75 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#8 Funniest Computer Game
    • August 1998 (Issue #169) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and weregamer

Related Web Sites

  • slap Jack (A review of You Don't Know Jack by Scott Rosenberg, archived on the Salon magazine website (1996).)
Dan Homerick (329) added You Don't Know Jack (Windows) on May 03, 2000
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