If you're good at other trivia games, it don't mean Jack now.
Hi, this is Cookie, and I've just about finished teaching Tropey the Wonder Dog how to recite the works of Shakespeare.Welcome to You Don't Know Jack, the game series where high culture and pop culture collide. I'm your hostCookie Masterson, and I'm very excited to have you onboard today... is what I would say if I were an activity director on a cruise liner. But I'm not. Now pay attention.You Don't Know Jack is the sassy game franchise that was developed by Jellyvision Studios, starting the mid-1990s. The hilarious combination of pop culture references with strange academic references, often supplemented by a variety of Parody Commercials before and after each game, made for a great combination, and the games were marginally popular for a while.Now, each game consists of a set number of questions. For most of the games in the series, players get to choose the category they want. But in The Ride, Abwärts!, 5th Dementia, Mock 2, and every title from 2006 onward, we lift that burden of choice from you and instead just give you a pre-packaged episode of questions. You're welcome. Now......wait, hold on... ugh, INTERN! WHERE'S MY NOTECARDS?!
Right. Now where was I...?In addition to the standard "question with four answers" format, I'll also occasionally throw a specialty question your way. Here's what kind of special question types are in store for you:
Snickerclish Restroomtranslation Gibberish Question: Uh-oh! Wes butt tit slime chore...translation Guess what it's time for... I'll give you a nonsense phrase, and you have to tell me what common expression, nursery rhyme, catch phrase, or TV show title it rhymes with. Now remember that the quicker you buzz in, the more money that's at stake. As the prize money ticks down, I'll give you up to three clues to help you figure it out. And remember to ignore punctuation and spaces; that's usually only there to throw you off.
Sagamen Quatrinotranslation Anagram Question: Same deal as with the "Ticklish Testgum"translation Gibberish Question, but instead of rhyming the phrase I give you, you have to unscramble it.
Fill in the Blank: Here, you have to type in the answer instead of selecting from four choices.
Whatshisname Question: Simular to a "Fill in the Blank" but with clues to what the host is thinking about.
Impossible Question: The make or break question that's worth the most money ($20,000 in US Volume 3, €10,000 in german Volume 2, and $26,606.06 in The Lost Gold).
Dis or Dat: I'll read you a list of seven things, and for each, I'll want you to tell me if it belongs in category A, or category B (like "A Blaxploitation Movie" or "A Brand of White Bread"). And on some "Dis or Dats", I may add "Both" as a third option. Unless your opponents are playing online, only one player gets to play for this question.
Three-Way: Similar to "Dis or Dat", I'll give you a list of seven things, with three categories to put them in. The game will flip between the three answers randomly, and you have to buzz in when you see the right one.
Old Man: "Back in my day, we didn't have your fancy online multiplayer thingamawhatsits, we all had to huddle around the same computer. We had "Dis or Dats" everyone could play back then. We called 'em "Three-Ways", and by gum, we were grateful!
Wendithap'n: Decide whether each event named happened before or after a certain event, or if it never happened at all, sometimes a sequence order can be used.
Coinkydink (Also known as Roadkill): Find the clue that links two given clues together... and then for a bonus, find out what all the answers have in common.
Jack BINGO: Find the word that starts with the correct letter... and for a bonus collect all five letters.
Fiber-Optic Field Trip: This category involves a randomly selected "caller" (pre-recorded phone conversation) who will be asked to make a category based on their expertise.
Celebrity Collect Call: Just like a "Fiber-Optic Field Trip", but with famous people.
Guest Host: While I get to take a break, someone else hosts for this question.
Sequel Question: A question that refers to a previous question.
Pissed About A Question: A special kind of Sequel Question where a question is countered from a complaint a player sent in.
Super Audio Question: I'll play an audio clip as a clue for a question that follows.
Picture Question: For this question, I'll supply you with some visual aid.
Bug Out!: This Odd-Man-Out Like Subgame Involved to squash the bug that does not belong with a certain group.
2011 introduced a few specialty questions, like:
Who's the Dummy?: So, I've been practicing my ventriloquism. Problem is, I have trouble with my "B"'s, "P"'s and "M"'s, so you'll have to pay extra attention to the wording of the question and answers.
Funky Trash: Let's see... we've got an unidentified actor, celebrity, or character; a bag of their trash that I happen to have in my possession; and three items that I pulled out from said bag of trash that are iconic of or closely associated with the owner. Whose trash is this?
Nocturnal Admissions with Cookie Masterson: So, I had a really weird dream last night. As usual, it's uncannily similar to the plot of a movie or TV show I recently watched, and standing in for some of the characters are my cats Poopsie and Mayonnaise, as well as my Mom. So, what did I watch that caused me to have such a weird dream?
And a brand new specialty question, implemented just the Facebook game:
Elephant, Mustard, Teddy Roosevelt, or Dracula?!: One of these is the correct answer to this question.
Elephant* An elephant would want to forget that answer.
Mustard* That's the best you could mustard??
Teddy Roosevelt* ...Teddy NO-sevelt.
Dracula* That answer sucks.
At the start of a multiplayer game (except in the Facebook version), I'll also hand out one screw to each player. Any time you think one of your opponents doesn't know the answer to a question, you can use your screw to force that player to answer. Any money the "screwee" loses for getting it wrong then goes to you... but if they get it right, you get screwed, and the amount they win for a correct answer comes out of your score. Remember, you only get one screw per game; use it wisely.And for the final question of the game...*thunder**bloodcurdling scream*...Step right up to the Jack Attack. A large phrase (which can be a word, a name, or a "fill in the blank" statement) will appear prominently in the middle of the screen, while several smaller phrases fly by. When you see two words that match, press the space bar. Correct matches win you a large sum of cash, but you lose just as much if you guess wrong. There are seven large phrases in all to match. And don't forget... rememberthe clue... it's gotta be a match that fits the theme of the Jack Attack.Example ("Shake" could go with "Your Booty" or "And Bake", but if the clue was "Cooking", the former would be incorrect).I hope you know your random trivia. Good luck...Games in the series:
You Don't Know Jack
You Don't Know Jack Question Pack
You Don't Know Jack Sports
You Don't Know Jack Volume 2
You Don't Know Jack (French and British)
You Don't Know Jack (German)
You Don't Know Jack Netshow
You Don't Know Jack Movies
You Don't Know Jack Sports Netshow
You Don't Know Jack Volume 3
You Don't Know Jack Volume 2 (German)
You Don't Know Jack TV
You Don't Know Jack Volume 4 The Ride
You Don't Know Jack Volume 3 Abwärts! (German)
You Don't Know Jack Volume 5 Offline
You Don't Know Jack (PlayStation (Which contains questions from Movies, Volume 3, and Offline)
You Don't Know Jack Louder! Faster! Funnier! (Volume 6)
You Don't Know Jack 5th Dementia (Volume 7)
You Don't Know Jack Mock 2 (Which Contains Questions from The Ride and Louder! Faster! Funnier!
You Don't Know Jack Volume 4 (German)
You Don't Know Jack Volume 6 The Lost Gold (Although many would argue that this is Volume 8 of the series)
You Don't Know Jack (Flash Version)
You Don't Know Jack 2011
You Don't Know Jack (IOS (1st Version (Currently Dummied Out)))
You Don't Know Jack (IOS (2nd Version (Based on the Facebook game)))
You Don't Know Jack Presents: Lie Swatter (IOS game, which acts more as a standard smartphone game and less as a Game Show.)
FINAL SCORE: -$1,000,000Ouch.Hey, did you know that Carsey-Werner attempted a actual TV Game Show, with Paul Reubens hosting? It lasted six episodes on ABCbefore it got replaced. Well, at least the computer games aren't going anywhere... I hope. Actually, now that THQ (the company that produced the revival for all three major consoles and theNintendo DS on February 8, 2011) has gone bankrupt, I'm starting to wonder if maybe I should start looking into other jobs...Anyway, have a Character Page. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go work on my cover letter. And remember..."YOU DON'T KNOW JACK!"
Donny: Hey, remember not to conflate these games with the HBO directive-to-TV movie You Don't Know Jack, which is more about a medicinal doctor and has deciduously less trivia.
Double The Dollars: In the second round in most games except The Ride and Head Rush and in Questions 8 through 14 in Netshow and Louder! Faster! Funnier! but in questions 1 through 6 in The Lost Gold and German Volume 4 all question values are doubled (Meaning that standard multiple choice and fill in the blank questions are worth $2000, $4000, and $6000, Gibberish/Anagram questions are worth $10,000, and each correct and/or incorrect answer in a Dis or dat and Wann War Was (In German Volume 4) are worth $1000) and in 2011 Question values are worth as much as $4,000.
The notable exceptions was Volume 2's "Fiber Optic Field Trip" and "Celebrity Collect Call" questions worth $5,000, and Volume 3's "Impossible Questions" worth $20,000.
Since in The Ride the values for a correct answer for a normal or "Jack Attack" question, or the bonus for a question like "Roadkill" or "Jack Bingo" questions were randomly decided when the chosen player hit the buzzer, high-value answers in the "Jack Attack" could easily be worth over five grand a pop for right ones (and this Troper will swear to this as he remembers personally playing a round where this happened to him). Meaning a gap can be made very large or very small depending on who got it right or wrong.
In the 2011 release, the Wrong Answer of the Game is worth twice as much as the maximum value of a question in that round. If it comes up in round 2, that means it's worth $8,000 - more than enough to close just about any gap.
Golden Snitch: The Jack Attack is generally the game decider. Can be taken Up to Eleven in The Ride and 5th Dementia where the value is picked by stopping a sequence of scrolling values with the buzzer; in the latter, the Jack Attack can be worth over $10,000 for each item.
Home Game: Inverted in that the games came before the TV show (However it was not featured as one of the consolation prizes in the TV Show).
Promotional Consideration: "Commercials" play at the end of each game, plus a special "Sponsor" for each floor in The Ride, each episode in 2011 and each sponsor in the Facebook game.
Speed Round: "Dis Or Dat", "Three-Way", and "Whendithap'n"
Unexpectedly Obscure Answer: The Impossible Questions, introduced in Volume 3 and continued in The Lost Gold (In The Lost Gold, however, every question is pirate-themed, and is preceded by a cameo from the Cap'n, with Schmitty getting more and more frightened each time).
Among others. Citizen Kane and Thelma & Louise are two others. The ad does have the courtesy of not explicitly mentioning which movies they're for, though.
See Spoiler below for all the details (Note: spoilers are hidden just in case).
Angrish: In TV, typing "fuck you" three times during Gibberish Question causes Schmitty to get angrier and angrier until he starts spouting angrish.
Artistic License - Geography: In the Facebook version, the audio ad for Warehouse Supply Warehouse states the place to be located off I-17, which runs in Arizona between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The video ad, however, gives a 312 area code, placing it in the Chicago area.
Brick Joke: Going after the Wrong Answer of the Game in 2011 requires the players to remember the subject matter of the "sponsor" long after it has become irrelevant.
The sequel questions in most games.
In 2011 Cookie opens one episode by mentioning a password which most would view as a throwaway gag. The next to last question asks you what the password is. After the question is over Cookie mentions another password that he suggests might be the answer to a future installment of the series.
But Thou Must: If a player uses a screw/nail to force another player to answer, that is. However, if someone tries to screw or nail another player before the entire question (and sometimes the four answers if the question wasn't a "Fill in The Blank" one) then the FIRST player must answer.
In Volume 3, the "Impossible Question" HAD to be answered if you rang in; it could NEVER be used for force another player to answer!
The computer can invoke this even if the other players don't with the Don't Be a Wimp. If one player is very far ahead in the game (or doing very well in single player), the announcer will mock said player for not even trying to guess, and asks the "audience" for their thoughts. "They" in return yell "Don't be a wimp!" and the player has to answer whether the player wants to or not.
Butt Monkey: Buzz's treatment in The Ride. Despite this the only time he ever gets a chance to host is a guest host question near the bottom.
Cheaters Never Prosper: The game actually enforces waiting until everyone has at least had a chance to see the question and the four offered answers (particularly as the standard video game quiz problem of repeat questions is still in effect). Anyone who rings in early will be forced to type in lthe answer without any given choices — or any given question, for that matter. However, on The Ride, the player who buzzes in early instead has to choose between four blatantly wrong answers with screws inactive (which can also mess up people trying to use the screw/nail).
How wrong are those answers? Unless you think, "Pecos" Bill Clinton, or "Luke, I am your step-aunt" are answers to anything....
Chew Bubblegum: Cookie uses this line during the intro to episode 7 of 2011.
Cluster F-Bomb: Nate gets away with shooting these in some versions of Volume 1.
Offline, the Playstation One release (Which has questions from Movies Volume 3 and Offline), Louder! Faster! Funnier!, and Mock 2 (Which combines questions asked from Schmitty's part of The Ride (with a few Roadkill questions from Cookie's part) and questions from Louder! Faster! Funnier!).
The Second DLC Pack In 2011
Special mention goes to the IOS version of the game which uses most of the questions from the Flash version and the DLC Packs in 2011.
Corrupt Church: One of the sponsors in the Facebook game is The "Church of A'zqr: The Eternal Bleeding Jackal Skull".
Cosmic Deadline: Hilariously invoked in the "Lawn Wax" episode of 2011. Each question after the sixth one is less prepared than the last, culminating in a Jack Attack that starts with the normally-ominous-at-this-point host desperately trying to call it off, and for good reason.
Curse: The Captain in The Lost Gold is under the effect of one for finding the Jack Gold. As such, he's trapped forever as the game's sign-up host that haunts the "studio" and the players have to accumulate enough total winnings to free him. In fact, the sea-themed Impossible Questions in that volume are him attempting to speed up the process.
Cute Kitten: In 2011's Nocturnal Admissions questions, Cookie's dreams give the roles of various movie characters to his mother (Represented by a ball of yarn with a face) and his two cats, Poopsie and Mayonnaise.
Darker and Edgier: Oddly enough for a quiz show, the 4th volume in the U.S. called The Ride and the 3rd German Volume called Abwärts! were these. For reasons still not known, the two different international editions completely changed the mood of the series. The setting of the game went from a stereotypical game show to a dark, industrial complex set (presumably) underground. Much like the Net Show, each game was divided into theme episodes on different "floors", and during the course of the game it was told to you that you were getting closer to the "bottom". The best way to describe these two games (US and German) are probably Jeopardy! meets Saw.
Delusions of Eloquence: Donny, the sign-in host for 2011, who is also a Malaproper. In episode 47, when the writers leave the show unfinished and the rest of the staff has to improvise, Cookie reactsappropriately upon finding out that Donny's writing the Jack Attack (especially given how impossible it was to decipher the normal question the guy wrote).
Also, The Warehouse Supply Warehouse in the Facebook Game.
Demoted to Extra: Schmitty, who hosted TV, part of The Ride, Louder, Faster, Funnier, 5th Dementia, Mock 2, and The Lost Gold, was reduced to the announcer of each episode's Wrong Answer of the Game prize in 2011. note On the other hand he was the announcer for "Sports", Volume 2, "Movies", Volume 3, and Offline.
Same goes for Buzz. After Volume 2, he only has a little participation in The Ride.
In the 360 and PS3 versions of 2011, not only is the game compatible with the Scene It? controllers, there is a set of intro instructions specific to them, and the question screen is arranged vertically to correspond with the buttons.note these two are for two different consoles with two different controller formats.
Just try and let the computer pick a name for you.
Can you guess what the most likely response to the Gibberish Questions was, assuming you weren't actually trying to correctly answer them, and given the game's target audience? Yeah, And so did the developers, and their response is listed under What The Hell Player below.
The CD games would take note of which category you selected and - if it noticed a trend - would react accordingly. In Volume 2, one group of questions might lead to Buzz wondering if it's "Reindeer Hour", or another might have him note how the player "can't seem to stay away from the sex questions".
However, if you're in a competitive environment and someone else still has a screw, you better get that bonus BEFORE someone gets screwed - picking ANY wrong answer under a screw, even the Wrong Answer of the Game, removes it from play and gives the screwer some of your score. This is specifically mentioned in the manual, too.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: In 2011, the animation for question 10 has the "1" plunge its head into the "0"'s hole. Shortly afterward, baby "n" pops out of "0."
Easter Egg: In The Ride, there are MANY. often in Cookie's levels and in others that if the the first player to buzz in picks a certain answer-and that SAME player rings in first, and picks a similar answer to another question later on in the same game-will elicit a different response from the host. A great way to do this, is to start a new "The Ride" game with 3 people on the first floor, "Censorship" and in that game, have the same player ring in first each time to pick answers: "The Muscles From Brussels", "$8.75" and "MPAA" and Cookie as the Easter Egg will bring up Jean-Claude Van Damme in each of his responses. There are many other such examples.
In the Gibberish Questions on "The Ride" you can still get the similar responses for typing in 'fuck you' but you can also get a different response for typing in similar naughty words like "Fag" or "Lesbo"
Cookie: "Oh come on, you know better than that.....I think."
The "Elephant, Mustard, Teddy Roosevelt, or Dracula" Questions on the Facebook Game.
And the Off the Rails Jack Attack in 2011, which Cookie protests about and gets his mic cut off by Helen WHILE THE PLAYERS ARE BUSY WITH IT. Despite the extremely straightforward instructions, it's more difficult than you would think.
The Faceless: Minus Troy Stevens, all the other hosts are heard and never seen.
Freeze Frame Bonus: 2011's animation for question 9 is a simple animation of two 9s in hats rolling through a valley. When playing episode 69, the animation goes into slow-motion suddenly, revealing that there had been a 69 joke the entire time.
Four is Death: In 2011, the 4 in the front of the line in the Question 4 animation is assassinated.
Gasshole: Old Man, as revealed if you type "Fuck you" in YDKJ Movies or TV. Both Cookie and Schmitty berate Old Man for stinking up the booth.
Nearly every achievement in the Facebook app is a pun; most notable are the 29 achievements for reaching certain milestones in your total winnings, all of which are some play on the word "booty" (including "Booty & The Doughfish", "Ample Booty", and "Booty, P.I.").
I Have to Iron My Dog: One episode from 2011 has Cookie regularly bring up a party that he's throwing, and he gets these excuses from the "staff" throughout the episode. The final question before the final round is which excuse is at least plausible.
The Immodest Orgasm: Can be heard as the correct answer sound in the computer version of Volume 3's 3-Way.
In Movies, there is a gag presented after the category "There Are Bad Movies & There Are Bad Movies," about the movie 1941 in which Nancy Allen’s character Donna Stratton can only get an orgasm in an airplane.
Animal Lovers' Boutique is a totally legal company specializing in sexy accessories for the discreet individual. What an individual chooses to do with these items is the individual's own decision. For instance, many of our donkey bras can be used as candle holders, and we believe that will hold up in a court of law.
Interface Screw: Literally. In The Ride and Abwärts!, you accomplish the "Screw" or "Nail" by hitting the "S" or "N" key as much as possible to literally fill the screen with screws/nails, making the question partially or fully impossible to see.
Also on The Ride, the computer will not always actually accept your name when you try to type it in.
The "Who's the Dummy?" questions in 2011 are given by Cookie's ventriloquist dummy Billy O'Brien, and are obfuscated slightly by Cookie's limited ventriloquism skills (replacing "B" sounds with "D" sounds and the like).
Matryoshka Object : In the opening animation for the "Elephant, Mustard, Teddy Roosevelt or Dracula?" questions an elephant doll is shown. It opens to reveal a mustard container, which in turn opens to release Teddy Roosevelt's doll, and finally Dracula is shown to come from Teddy's open doll.
Mercy Rewarded: Get a score below zero in the facebook game? Then unless you get a big bonus for being in the top 5 you get to spin the "Loser wheel"!
Mood Whiplash: Jack Attacks are always presented in a much creepier manner than the rest of the game.
2011 manages to do this with a question number animation. One of the "everybody cuatro" 4s is suddenly gunned down. This leads to a mini-story arc in subsequent games, witch contains an "f" as The Other Darrin. See it for yourself.
Multi Platform: 2011. Also Vol. 3, which was more or less ported to Playstation as simply You Don't Know Jack.
Multiple Endings: At the end of the last floor of The Ride or Abwärts!, you could select from a few options what the host(s) would do for the finale. When the game returns to that episode, the ending is never seen again, so in order to see them all you would have to uninstall the game and then re-install it. (Or copy the .ini file before you start the game and reinstate it afterward.)
Off the Rails: This happens from time to time in 2011, but one episode in particular begins with the writers going to a picnic after only completing six questions (out of ten). It all spirals out of control from there as the staff races to get questions done in time for the the rest of the show.
Also a few of the questions in the Techical Difficulties episode in Louder! Faster! Funnier! and Mock 2.
"I Wish They Were More Than Just Friends" (A Three-Way Category from Volume 3)
Significant Anagram: The Anagram Questions. It is a matter of opinion on how significant it really is. Which makes it all the more challenging to unscramble without hints, and the fact that the answer has to be exactly spelt.
Stop Helping Me!: Sure the question explations can get a bit tedious, but you can choose to skip these if you want.
Story Arc: Sort of. In one of the episodes, one of the "four"s which dances during the Question 4 intro is assassinated. The next few episodes afterwards, we see a police chalk outline, then a group of fours dancing without the deceased question 4, then another four taking its place (except this one's an "F" for four), and finally a funeral for the deceased question 4 (In that order).
Sublime Rhyme: The Gibberish Questions. It is a matter of opinion how sublime it actually is, which makes it all the more challenging without hints.
In episode 23 of 2011 there's a question that has words that rhyme with "Gellin".
Title Drop: End-of-episode Catch Phrase. Also a possible Gibberish Answer question, one of the choices in question 2 of Episode 29 (referring to the HBO movie) in 2011, and the possible Volume 2 Jack Attack Category.
Also the final round of "Head Rush" is "Head Rush".
Toilet Humor: One of the many episodes of Louder! Faster! Funnier! and Mock 2.
In ''Movies" it's "The question that still cares."
In ''The Netshow" one episode's Question 4 had the category "The Question that Cares—-Really".
In the facebook game it's "4our To Treat you right".
Video Game Cruelty Potential: ... and in 2011, its tombstone in one segue for the fourth question reads "The Question that Cared." Which then leads to a question that has Elmer Fudd killing Porky Pig, processing him into lunch meat and eating a sandwich out of him.
Also in 2011, one of the questions states this after mentioning some info that lost money from other players (those who go into the negatives) is actually loose change which the cast places into a Coin Star machine and it automatically converts it all. Cookie makes this brain-wracking buildup to the question, which torments the player to mind-numbing stress unless the player is a math genius. The question reads (ad verbatim); "This is the 6th question. Each question is now worth $4,000 per player. (Using a little math it isn't a little too hard to figure out what's in these buckets, but don't forget-) Coin Star charges a 9.8 cent-per-dollar charge for their services. (Which leads me to the question...) What color is a Coin Star machine?
Visual Pun: When you reach the Jack Attack at the end of the game in 2011, the iconic head is shown in silhouette a few times with various sharp implements stuck in it. The first one is always a fork. As in "stick a fork in me, I'm done".
However, In the IOS version of the game It's always the back of a hammer. As in "Hammer-Head" Get it?
Another item is a muffin. As in "Muffin Top." Thank you folks, tip your servers and try the veal...
Also works in single-player mode, however. Just finish enough rounds to get to three consecutive Gibberish Questons without ending the game and the result will be the same as if three seperate people shot off their F-Bombs
In "The Ride," if the Player never buzzes in during the Jack Attack, Cookie will be somewhat annoyed.
Cookie: "What the HELL!? Did you go to the BATHROOM?! It's supposed to be interactive, REMEMBER?!"
And in the 2011 game, this is Cookie's response when the player screws themselves.
In "The Ride," the elevator hostess will decide to shut down the game if you try typing in a naughty word for a name (ie Lezbo) and is smart enough to know how common misspellings of similar words are used.