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: Very Positive (52 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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 30
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 24
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 27
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
This is pretty fun, but there are a fair few questions that seem pretty specific to American TV and pop culture. Fellow Europeans be warned.
Posted: May 19
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
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
Posted: August 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Good game but I wish they would add an option for online multi.
Posted: May 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Great game, try it.
Posted: July 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
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!
Posted: July 2
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
I still love this game, even if many of the questions (and humor) seem rather dated now...
Posted: May 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
This is great when you have friends over! Too bad it's three players max.
Posted: June 20
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Never won a single game. But I keep playing
Posted: August 2
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 17
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
How might I redownload my game??
Posted: June 14
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
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!
Posted: June 28
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
This game makes me feel dumb.

10/10
Posted: September 7
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2 of 12 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
I know Jack but it still says that I don't know Jack

1/10
Posted: September 6
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
For a game that’s just shy of 20 years old, this is proof-positive that some things are timeless. As a long-time owner (yeah, I got it when it originally came out in 1995 on CD-ROM...), I can truly say the charm remains, as does the irreverence. Despite the years, the sarcasm and prodding by the “host” is just as relevant now as it was then. I always leave the game with a smile on my face.

Not only does the Steam re-release introduce a whole new generation to YDKJ, but it ditches the CD-ROM and related issues (Try grabbing the original disc and installing it on a modern, 64-bit O/S. Won’t happen without a LOT of work)...

My only real gripe is that the game is perpetually stuck at a 640x480 resolution, and going full-screen requires a manual change of the PC’s resolution to 720x480

**P.S. DO NOT forget to snag the others in the franchise. They're worth every penny!
Posted: December 2, 2013
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Going back to You Don't Know Jack after so many years and sequels, it becomes clear how little the formula has changed over the almost two decade history of the franchise. That shouldn't be taken as an insult to the series, but a compliment to just how timeless and clever the original still is.

If you've never played YDKJ, the gist is that it's a game show in your living room (or wherever your computer might resides. A raunchy, hilarious, shamelessly offensive, and remarkably clever trivia game that never misses a chance to break the forth wall to insult you, as it simultaneously pretends to congratulate your correct answer. The developers clearly loved what they were doing and that shows through in an abundance of little touches that add so much, from the fake commercials to the terrible names they bestow upon you, to the unrivaled abuse of pop culture in every question and the effortless delivery by your host Cookie. If you aren't laughing, you may very well be dead inside.

The only "con" I can give YDKJ is that given its age, some of the questions and references are a bit dated. Those without ample knowledge of the 80's and 90's might find themselves a bit lost at times, so if you are hoping for something a bit more relevant one of the more recent games may be a better choice. Everyone else shouldn't hesitate to pick this up, grab two friends (and some drinks while you're at it), and get ready to burst into tears as you learn:

You Don't Know Jack!
Posted: December 3, 2013
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Whether you've played any YDKJ game or not, this game will still be very excellent. You Don't Know Jack is basically a quiz game, with humor involved. I've played this on the Roku 2, and I liked it very much. This is a classic YDKJ from the 90's.

7/10
Posted: December 20, 2013
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
While this was never the most graphically beautiful game of its time, it was originally made in Flash. In its day, it was one of the greatest games of all time, purely for the sound and music. The action "behind the scenes" in terms of audio made this game visceral. Streaming it over a 56K dialup connection was laboriously slow but worth the wait. Later gaming consoles brought about titles like "Buzz" for the Sony Play Station. But this was the grand daddy of them all. From the host who made you feel like crap if you got an answer wrong, to the ability to "Screw" your apponents, this was one of the best party games available in the 90's.
The best experiences were when you played with friends, though it does have a single player option. The mini games like "Jack Attack" and "The Gibberish Question" kept the gameplay moving along in a way that you couldnt wait to see what the next category was.
Great Game :)
Posted: December 2, 2013
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