The original PC sensation that started it all! We've brought it back in all its virginal glory! The world was a much simpler place in 1995. The kids were listening to the grunge, the first test-tube gorilla was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, and a little trivia game called YOU DON’T KNOW JACK took the interactive CD-ROM trivia game show...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (60 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 12, 1995
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The original PC sensation that started it all! We've brought it back in all its virginal glory!

The world was a much simpler place in 1995. The kids were listening to the grunge, the first test-tube gorilla was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, and a little trivia game called YOU DON’T KNOW JACK took the interactive CD-ROM trivia game show world by storm. Play now and relive that crazy, mixed-up time all over again!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 500 MHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 575 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 16-bit sound card
    • Additional Notes: The game runs at 640x480 max resolution. Manually adjust your Desktop resolution if you want the game to fill the screen.
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Ah, 1996. A time when life was slow (dial-up), and we were just playing games on our computers and systems as usual. This is a trivia game, a funny one. Although many of the jokes are dated due to the game's age, it is still very amusing and fun. You can play with up to three friends (including yourself) in local multiplayer, and due to the game's age there is no online multiplayer. However, you can do what I do and just download Teamviewer which is a free software, have your friend(s) install it, then have them connect to your PC. You will get quite a few laughs out of this one, with some silly questions. It's actually worth getting the questions wrong just because of the host's response. Playing by yourself isn't as fun as playing with friends, though.
Final Score In Words: If you have friends, get this game and play with them.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Windows 95 Compatibility Mode + 640x480 Screen Resolution + No Desktop Composition + No Visual Themes + No Display Scaling + Administrator Mode + Smartass Host + Mixture of Shakespeare and Scooby-Doo = Instant Memories of 1995.

See? I made it easy for you folks who complain about the game looking small on your fancy-pants 1080p displays. C:
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
The original game that started it all in 1995. Great for those times in which you're bored and wanna have fun. You're a bit short of time? Try the 7-question game. You wanna do your homework later? Do as much 21-question games as you can. Have fun!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
NO german language support WTF ???
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
If there were more leeway with reviews, it would be more like No for single player and Yes for multiplayer.

While this game can technically be played single player, it isn't very fun in that mode. There is a lot of dead time and talking by the NPC host that would make sense in a multiplayer environment but in single player just drags things along. There is some mild amusement in single player but not enough to make it worth spending time with in my opinion.

I can see where it would be a great party game; unfortunately it is not the type of game my friends play.
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5 of 14 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Steam should specify this is Local Multiplayer only. The features states Multiplayer as an option (other steam games that are Local only state they are Local Multiplayer only).

This is false advertisement. I love this game but I cannot recommend it to anyone looking to play over Steam with a friend.
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1 of 13 people (8%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Piece of ♥♥♥♥ murica game
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
A classic.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
To make this clear, this is not for the 2011 game. Instead, it covers the original 1995 game. For those that are not familiar with the series, how the game works is that the host will read a question and give four possible answers. If you think that you know the answer, buzz in and answer. While this sounds like your typical trivia game, this is far from the truth.

One thing unique to the game is that the players receive screws. If a question appears that it looks like another player does not know, you can use the screw to “screw your opponent” forcing them to answer. If somebody has the lead, using them is a good way to try to catch up. However, if they know the answer, not only will they gain money, but also you will screw yourself and lose money instead. They may be screws, but that risk make them double-edged sword instead.

Another difference from a traditional trivia game is that the host wants action. If one player has a big lead but nobody tries to answer the question, the host will not be happy. When that happens, the host will comment on the leader’s cowardice and gets the audience involved. How can there be an audience in a video game is a mystery. When they get involved, they will say, “Don’t be a wimp!” forcing the leader to answer anyway. If you are trailing and know this, intentionally not answering is both advantageous as well as funny watching the leader’s reaction.

Visually, this is the game’s biggest weakness. Most of the time, the only things to see are some faded text, the current question, and the player scores. The only real animation worth watching is seeing what happens to your icon when the score changes. While this sounds strange, a blind person can play this game with a person that can see without any problems. With almost nothing to see, not even the host, there is little reason to watch the screen. Since this is a trivia game, making a stage like in Jeopardy! or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? would have made the game more interesting to look at.

However, this is not a game about the visuals. Being that this was one of the first CD games, they crammed it with tons of dialog. That dialog is what makes the game fun. The host always has something interesting to say throughout the question. Even with the categories for the questions, it gets you interested in what it might be. In one case, in the category is “The Fruits in Your Looms”, they ask, “Which of these fruits derives from the Aztec word meaning testicle?” Just the fact that they would create questions using such seemingly unrelated items makes each of the questions interesting to hear. In the case of the mentioned question, the correct answer is avocado. When it comments about it and guacamole can make people burst out in laughter. When the comments are strong enough, do not be surprised if a break is required to recover from the laughter.

Considering that the game has hundreds of questions like the one above, this makes a great party game. Just remember that the game really works only when played with others. Since the game offers no computer opponents, it is not the same without live competition. While the humor is there, without competition, the game does not have the same appeal.

There is one final thing to remember. When the game wants you to type in your answer, tell the game, “F%¢& Y@#”. All three players should do this. You will love how the host reacts. What the host does to you, not so much.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Game Rating: B-
Pros:
-A port of the original hilarious party triva game that asks questions in the most wacky ways possible
-Still holds up to this day (for the most part)
-A large amount of questions will make sure you never see the same one twice
-Great to break out when your friends are over

Cons:
-Due this being a re-release of a '90s triva game, some of the questions are no longer accurate and many of the jokes are timely pop-culture references
-No online
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
If you are one of those people that yell out answers during Jeopardy or Who Wants to be a Millionaire, then this game is for you. If you enjoy fun party games, then this is most likely for you. In fact, I would say most people could enjoy the game with its mind-twisting questions and analogies, the difficult Jibberish Questions, and the funny remarks by Nate. It would be worth it if it were $10, and it is deffinatly worth it at $3.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Great game, try it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Questions are hard, but the vibe is totally wicked rad, bro.
All the fun a macromedia tool-created game can muster! 12/12 bald heads!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I still love this game, even if many of the questions (and humor) seem rather dated now...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
You can't beat the classic "YDKJ". The jokes are a dime a dozens and it is very entertaining. Fun for a large group and even a loner if you are desperate!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is great when you have friends over! Too bad it's three players max.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Never won a single game. But I keep playing
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
I remember when this came out while I was working at Egghead Software at the time. Just as absurd and fun as it ever was. The more people the funner, though the newer version is a bit slicker and more relevant today.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
How might I redownload my game??
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game makes me feel dumb.

10/10
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