You Don't Know Jack


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Who in the world is Jack?! You may just be asking yourself this very question which goes to prove that, "You Don't Know Jack"! It's Berkeley Systems second game available for your PC, and if you think you know trivia and trivia games, "You Don't Know Jack"!

YDKJ is an outrageouse, fast-paced TV trivia game show. This game show is unlike any other you have played before, asking the wildest questions. You'll be able to play either a 7-question tournament-length game or a regular 21-question game. Your goal is to end the game with the most prize money. Each question is worth a certain amount of money which you can win by being the first player to buzz in and correctly answer a question. If you answer wrong, you'll loose that same amount of cash. There's a timer ticking as the questions are being asked, so you have got to be quick!

One player will get to choose the next question's catagory out of a selection of three. There are three types of questions in YDKJ: Multiple-Choice, Gibberish, and the Jack Attack. Multiple-Choice questions are worth between $1,000 and $6,000 with easy ones being worth less than the harder ones. If you don't know the answer and you know that one of your opponents doesn't know the answer, then you can try to screw them! That's right, each player is given a screw at the beginning of a round which permits you to screw one of your opponents during that round. What happens when you screw someone? Well it forces them to answer the question, and if they don't know the answer then there's a 75% chance that they will loose a few bucks! But be careful, because if they do know the answer, then you are the one that's going to get screwed.

The Gibberish question is a rhyming puzzle worth between $5,000 and $10,000, and appears randomly once or twice during a game. A phrase will be spoken and displayed on the screen in which you'll have to find the correct phrase that rhymes with the one displayed and corresponds to the clues given. This question lasts until someone solves the puzzle or the prize money runs down to zero, which happens very quickly. An example of a Gibberish question taken from the "Sayings That Have Annoyed America" catagory is, "Quelp, jive gollen, man pie rant smet pup"! Your clues to the question are: It's from a commercial...featuring an elderly woman. She's lying prostrate on the floor. If you know the answer, you buzz in and type in your answer. In this case, a person would type in, "Help I've fallen and I can't get up".

The Jack Attack is the last question of each game. It can be very useful and help you win the game or take you down. In the Jack Attack you'll be matching words together. A correct match is worth $2,000 while the opposite is worth -$2,000. Your clue is given at the beginning of the match and you must associate the word shown in the middle to one of the words that fly by on the screen with the clue. For example your clue is, "Aliens and where they go for Halloween" and the word in the middle is Superman. If you try to match Superman with a word flying by such as Clark Kent, you'll loose $2,000. Do it with Krypton, and you'll gain some bread.

The game has excellent sound and music with a host taking you through the game, reading questions and answers, and making jokes as you move along. Since this is a game show, you'll hear the backstage crew at the start and the end of the game, and even commercials. The background noise and comments are different for each game you play providing a sense of actually returning for another game.

The game can be played by one to three players and is great fun at parties. You can organize a small tournament on paper and see who is the least person to not know Jack. It's ashame that this has to be done on paper as it could have been included in the game, but you'll find that you can still write with paper and a pencil. There are 800 questions and 20 hours of non-repetitive verbal abuse to entertain you.


You Don't Know Jack is a lot of fun, even if you must play it alone. You'll enjoy actually winning games against your friends while having won almost no money or even being in the red.

System Requirements:

486 DX-33 MHz or higher,
Min 8Mb memory,
Windows 95 or Windows 3.1,
Hard drive required with 15Mb free,
Double speed CD-ROM drive or faster,
SVGA video graphic card.

Windows compatible sound card.




In North America:

Berkeley Systems,
2095 Rose St,
Berkeley, CA 94709.

Technical Support: 510-549-2300
Fax Support: 510-849-9426
TTY/TDD: 510-540-0709

Internet Support: PCTech@berksys.com
Web site: www.berksys.com


Graphics: 80%
Sound: 92%
Music: 85%
Gameplay: 90%
Interest: 93%

Overall: 88%

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