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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.


You Don't Know Jack PlayStation Pause
You Don't Know Jack PlayStation Title screen
You Don't Know Jack PlayStation Round 1
You Don't Know Jack PlayStation Can't Cut the Colonel Mustard

Promo Images

You Don't Know Jack Magazine Advertisement p. 39
You Don't Know Jack Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

PSX Nation PlayStation Sep 25, 1999 93 out of 100 93
GameSpot Windows 3.x May 01, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
GameSpot Windows May 01, 1996 9.2 out of 10 92
Game Revolution Macintosh Jun 05, 2004 A- 91
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) PlayStation Oct, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x Feb, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN PlayStation Nov 10, 1999 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 07, 1999 7.4 out of 10 74 PlayStation Apr, 2005 5.7 out of 10 57
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1999 2 out of 4 50


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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))
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