February 14, 2011

Gameshow Hijinks

Lasting first impressions of You Don’t Know Jack from THQ

YDKJYou Don’t Know Jack was a classic trivia game for the PC back in 1995 boasting “where high culture meets pop culture” mixing trivia with comedy.  YDKJ was a huge hit with PC gamers and became a true cult classic and even spawned into a (very) short lived TV Show hosted by Paul Reubens of Pee-Wee Herman fame.

The game was originally created by Berkeley Systems in association with Jellyvision Games.  Now, Jellyvision games has teamed up with THQ to bring this beloved trivia game home once again.  Available now for PC, Xbox360, PS3, Wii, and Nintendo DS, YDKJ brings the hilarious gameshow-esque trivia game back home.

Much like the original fans of this game, I was excited to hear that You Don’t Know Jack was coming back and this time it would be available on the console.  This is a true party game in every sense of the word.  The game takes absolutely nothing serious and is meant to take your boring old trivia game and actually make it humourous and fun.  You just can’t help but laugh at everything in this game; even when you get something wrong, you’ll be laughing not only at yourself, but at the response you will inevitably get from Cookie Masterson, the enigmatic host of the show.


Even if you think you’re a star at trivia games, this one will definitely give you a run for your money. These are not your typical trivia questions.  YDKJ’s questions will combine two different topics into a ‘what if’ type scenario and force you to think outside the box to get the correct answer.  If one of your rivals starts to take the lead, feel free to use your one assigned screw to, well, screw them. This forces your chosen opponent to answer the question alone.  If answered wrong, they lose money and you gain it; but be careful, if they answer the question correctly, you’ve just ‘screwed’ yourself!

If you’re looking for an extremely fun party game that is truly for everyone, definitely give You Don’t Know Jack a try, you won’t be sorry.  I played several games online with some friends and we each won a game, proving that any amount of knowledge has just as much a chance of winning as anyone.  Trivia will be asked, answers will be given, insults from the host will be handed out, and hilarity will ensue.  Who could ask for anything more?

THQ, I gave you an hour and I am still ROFL-ly IMPRESSED.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.




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  1. I am totally loving this game. It’s super funny – actual, laugh-out-loud funny – and very clever. Great party game for sure. We have a lot of mixed age get togethers and most trivia games flop, but this is one I can play with younger friends or my parents and have an equally good time. And it’s priced right at $30. Definitely a must-buy!

  2. Agreed. I’m not surprised it’s so good, but I’m surprised so many other people agree.

  3. Kevin Dorff

    I loved the original YDKJ games and I love this one. Sadly, my wife is less enamored with it. We’ll have to play some games online.

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