A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages and rewards smart thinking.
Positive Role Models
Cookie Masterson, the show's host, is funny, but certainly doesn't have an attitude you'd want children to adopt. He can be extremely sarcastic, condescending, and haughty.
Ease of Play
The game is extraordinarily easy to learn -- but the questions can be quite challenging, something you might not suspect given the game's pop culture feel.
Violence & Scariness
In one sequence, players may be awarded with a bucket of blood for selecting the wrong hidden answer. Players can also "screw" other players when they think they don't know the answer, resulting in a sharp screw skewering their player number, with drops of blood when the number is hit.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The off-screen host's irreverent jokes are often laced with innuendo and sexual references, such as "99 dimensions of orgasmic compatibility" and "Personally I prefer Brokeback Mountain: The Remount."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Prior to the launch of the game, players hear the end of fictitious television commercials that include the words "ass," "bitch," and "damn". More offensive words like "f--k" are spoken, but bleeped out for comedic value. Players can try to enter obscenities for their player names on the Windows version, but the game will recognize these, scold the player, then assign a random, more appropriate nickname for them, such as "Santa".
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Additional episodes of the game can be downloaded via Xbox Live and other online services.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some questions and comments contain drug references, such as "Afghanistan is the largest opium producer". Alcohol is casually mentioned from time to time as well.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You Don't Know Jack is a comedic trivia game for all major gaming systems that blends pop culture with obscure trivia. The game is fast-paced and challenging, but the nature of many questions (and their corresponding answers) makes it inadvisable for young children. Sexual innuendo and suggestive words are cheerfully included, and the host will taunt you if you get an answer wrong or even if your score isn't extraordinarily high. Flippant nature aside, there is some tough trivia here; the game will impart some new knowledge to most players. Also, note that players can play with others in the same room or online, though there is no interaction or communication with other players in online play.
Is It Any Good?
Trivia games often run the risk of being run-of-the-mill. That is anything but the case with You Don't Know Jack. The game, which is a revival of a series that was popular in the mid-1990s, perfectly blends sarcasm and quirky trivia. And it's something that will delight both old fans of the series as well as those just being exposed to it. The game is a throwback to the simpler days of gaming, while still remaining relevant to today's player. And while many titles try (and fail) to be funny, YDKJ is one of those few games that will have you laughing regularly -- and loudly. And if you're not careful, you just might learn something in the process. It's a must-have for even the most casual fans of trivia and party games.
Online interaction: Players can compete with others online. In the Xbox 360 version, though, there's no voice chat with other players or any other sort of interaction aside from the gameplay.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.