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You Don't Know Jack Volume 3 Basic Gameplay and Hints and Tips written by Brian L. (email@example.com) Table Of Contents I. About You Don't Know Jack: Volume 3 II. Game Instructions III. Question Explanations a. Multiple Choice Questions b. Type It In Questions c. Impossible Question d. Special Questions IV. Hints and Tips V. Voice Actors VI. Coming Soon VII. Thanks I. About You Don't Know Jack: Volume 3 You Don't Know Jack (called YDKJ from here on in) is a series of trivia games created by Berkeley Systems and Jellyvision. It is set up to look like a game show, and there actually will be a game show version of it on TV soon. Although it contains standard trivia fare, its attitude is what has made it popular. If you get a question wrong, the host will not be afraid to insult you. The host also makes little quips after every question. If you've never played it, go out and get it now. II. Game Instructions When you start up the game, Raul, the stage manager, will ask you how many people will be playing the game. Press 1, 2, or 3, depending on how many people are playing. Each person will then be asked to type in their name. If you're too slow, a name will be given to you, such as Bunny Fart, or The Loser. Then, you will have to decide whether you are going to play a 7 question game or a 21 question game. Press A for a 7 question game, and B for a 21 question game. Raul will then begin telling you about how to play. (Note: Any of this information in the game can be skipped by pressing the space bar.) First, he will tell you what player buzzes in on what key. The keys are: 1-Player Game Player 1: B 2-Player Game Player 1: Q Player 2: P 3-Player Game Player 1: Q Player 2: B Player 3: P Then, he'll tell you the instructions for a standard multiple choice question. (My instructions are later in this document.) After this, the "show" will start, and you'll meet Cookie, your host. (Cookie was the stage manager in the previous two games.) He'll hand out screws and explain their use. (Instructions on screws are also later in here.) The next screen you'll see is the category selection screen. Press 1, 2, or 3, depending on which one you want to pick. After you pick the category, the question will come up. Most likely, on the first question, you'll get a regular multiple choice question. As you continue through the game, you'll receive different types of questions, which will be explained now. III. Question Explanations There are eleven different kinds of questions. They can be broken down into categories, which are: MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS Standard Multiple-Choice Question Picture Question Super Audio Question Game Show Guest Host TYPE-IT-IN QUESTIONS (type in the answer) Fill In The Blank Question Whatshisname Question Gibberish Question MIGHT BE EITHER QUESTION (might be multiple choice, might have to type) Impossible Question (worth $20,000) SPECIAL QUESTIONS DisOrDat Question ThreeWay Question Jack Attack (ends game) They're not too hard to figure out. a. MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS These are the questions that you'll encounter the most. The values range from $1,000 to $3,000 in Round 1, and twice that much in Round 2. On all of these questions, screws can be used. Screws force someone to answer a question. When you think someone doesn't know the answer to a question, buzz in and press the S key to screw them. They will have to guess, or lose the money. If they guess incorrectly, then they lose that much money, and everybody else can try to answer the question. If they are correct, then they get the dollar amount, and the screwer loses that much money. STANDARD MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION Cookie will read off a question that will also appear on the screen. You do have to listen though, because he'll often provide some background on the question that's vital to answering the question. Four choices will be shown. If you think you know the answer, then buzz in, and press the correct number. If you're right, Cookie will congratulate you, and the amount will be added to your score. If you're wrong, then Cookie will make some mean remark to you, and the amount of money will be taken away. Example: How many Gregory Pecks would it take to make a Gregory Bushel? 1. one sixteenth 2. one 3. two 4. four (correct answer) PICTURE QUESTION A picture question is almost identical to a standard multiple choice question, except you will have to identify what a picture is. You get 4 different choices. Example: A picture of Santa Claus holding a pole and jumping over a bar is shown. This picture is the "North Pole Vault." SUPER AUDIO QUESTION You will hear either a sound or someone talking, and you have to identify what it is out of the 4 choices. These tend to be more difficult than the other multiple choice questions. GAME SHOW GUEST HOST For these questions, Cookie will bring in a special guest to give you a question. These are basically the same as other multiple choice questions, although some are prime screwing questions. (In one of these, Cookie's mom asks you what Cookie was nicknamed as a kid.) You should listen closely on these, because most of them give you some information you need to answer the question. b. TYPE-IT-IN QUESTIONS On these questions, you will be required to type in the answer. FILL IN THE BLANK QUESTION Cookie will read off a statement or a list, and you have to buzz in and type the answer out. Some misspellings are okay, but the game's not going to give away the money. WHATSHISNAME QUESTION In this question, Cookie will gradually read off a list of clues. If you think you know it, buzz in and type the answer. Cookie will tell you if you're right or wrong, and in a few instances, will actually repeat your incorrect answer. Example: It's a satirical magazine... Featured the crazy artwork... Has that one weird guy in the cover.. Stanley Y. Smythe... Answer: Cracked If you answer Mad to this question, Cookie will actually talk for about 5 seconds, and then tell you "And I am not holding a copy of Mad magazine in my hand." GIBBERISH QUESTION This question is a rhyming game. A bunch of gibberish is shown on the screen, and you have to guess what saying, cliché, song title, or phrase it rhymes with. Make sure to ignore the punctuation. Example: Gibberish: A fiddle nerd sold pee. Answer: A little bird told me. Example 2: Gibberish: Hey! Lenny craved his Ma Debby burned. Answer: A penny saved is a penny earned. As time passes during a Gibberish Question, the monetary value goes down. In Round 1, the starting value is $5,000, and $250 is taken away every second and a half. In Round 2, the starting value is $10,000, and $500 is taken away every second and a half. c. IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION The Impossible Question will most likely be the hardest question you encounter during the game. It might be multiple choice, and it might be fill-in-the-blank. It is always worth $20,000, which can really help your game for you if you happen to know the answer. Unfortunately, you lose $20,000 for an incorrect answer, so guessing isn't a good idea. There is one exception to the Impossible Question being the hardest though. (Pick the category "It's a Dog!" if you see it for an easy $20,000.) Example: FILL IN THE BLANK Question: What number between one and nine I thinking of? Answer: Five There, now you can cheat and get $20,000 if you get that question. d. SPECIAL QUESTIONS These questions don't fit into a specific category, because they each require something unique. DisOrDat QUESTION DisOrDat Questions can be the hardest or the easiest question in the game. Only one the person who picked the category participates in this question. Cookie names off 7 different names or things, one at a time, and then asks you to classify them by category. You will have to press 1 if it is one thing, 2 if it is the other thing, or 4 to skip and come back to it. Sometimes, you will have to press 3 if the thing falls into both categories. You have 30 seconds to complete this. For each correct answer in Round 1, you will get $500. In Round 2, you will get $1000. For each wrong answer or name you don't get to in Round 1, you will lose $500. In Round 2, you will lose $1000. This probably sounds confusing, so look at the example if you don't understand. Example: Cookie: If the name I read off was a Vice President, press 1. If he was a funk musician, press 2. If he was both, press 3. To skip one, press 4. Names: 1. Hannibal Hamlin 2. Spiro Agnew 3. Bnotsy Collins 4. Walter Mondale 5. Sly Stone 6. George Clinton 7. James Brown Example of Scoring: Suppose I get 4 of them right, 2 wrong, and I don't get to the last one. If it was Round 1, I would end up with $500, and I would end up with $1000 in Round 2. That's $4,000 for the correct answers, and -$3,000 for the other ones. THREEWAY QUESTION The ThreeWay Question is like a mini-Jack Attack. First, three names or things will appear on the screen. A clue will appear at the top of the screen. When the member of the ThreeWay that matches the clue is lit up, buzz in and get $1000. Unfortunately, if you're wrong, you lose $1000 every time you're wrong. Everyone participates simultaneously in this type of question. It will always appear on Question Number 10. Example: The words Tom, Dick, and Harry are the members of the ThreeWay. The clue "private detective" appears at the top of the screen. Dick is the correct answer, so you would buzz in when Dick is lit up. (You know, Dick Tracy.) If the clue is "male cat," you would buzz in when Tom was lit up. (A tomcat) JACK ATTACK The Jack Attack is almost identical to the ThreeWay question, except the stakes are higher. When you begin the question, you will see a word in the middle of the screen, and other words will fly by. When the word in the middle matches the other word that flies by, buzz in for $2000. If you're wrong though, you lose $2000 every time that you're wrong. Make sure that you're match fits the clue though. Example: Category Name: Who's Your Little Friend? The word "Earth" is shown in the center of the screen. When "the moon" flies by, you would want to buzz in for $2000, because Earth's "little friend" is the moon. If "Jupiter" was showing, buzzing in when "really big" is on the screen would cause you to lose $2000. Although Jupiter is really big, the match doesn't fit the clue. IV. Hints and Tips While there are no cheats that I know of for this game, other than picking a question you've already had, there are some things that will help you in the game. SCREWS - Use your screws wisely. Never screw on a $1000 (or $2000 in Round 2) question. Even if the screwed person gets it wrong, it's not enough cash to make it worth your effort. - If you know the answer to a question, don't risk screwing somebody else. Just take the cash. - The Guest Host questions are some of the best for screwing. They are either niche questions or impossible to know the answer to. If the question is about cars, and your opponent doesn't know any thing about cars, screw them! - WARNING: You cannot screw on the following types of questions: Fill In The Blank, Whatshisname, Gibberish, Impossible, DisOrDat, ThreeWay, or Jack Attack. So don't buzz in, planning to screw, and end up having to guess. OTHER TIPS - Wait for others to buzz in and guess if you're between two or three of the answers. If someone else knocks one choice out for you, you might be able to get it. - Wait for clues on Gibberish Questions and Whatshisname Questions. They're very useful, and often give away the answer. HOW TO HAVE MORE FUN - On a Gibberish Question, type in f*** you, without the asterisks. As long as you keep a sense of humor, this will be quite hilarious for everyone. - Try and get as many people as possible to play. 3 player games are much better than playing on your own. - Don't take the game too seriously. Don't be insulted by anything Cookie says, or anything that might happen to you. Just enjoy yourself. It's not like it matters if you lose. - If you play on certain holidays, you'll receive a special message from Raul. These days are listed in the usd.txt file on the YDKJ3 CD-ROM under the YDKJ3 folder. They'll be put up here soon. There are some very obvious ones, such as Christmas and New Year's, and some not so obvious ones, like The Great American Smokeout. As soon as I test all of them, I'll have a list up. V. Voice Actors Not all of the voice actors are listed in the instruction manual, so I'm just going to put the ones it lists. Cookie - Tom Gottlieb Raul - Joe Janes Mavis - Ali Davis YDKJ Singers - Bob Filler Phoebe Fuller Kelly Halpine Rebecca Kaufman Larry King Dave Metzger Pamela Rose Brandon Scales VI. Coming Soon... - A list of all the dates and times that you'll get a special message from Raul when you start the game - What the singers sing when you get a new question - Better examples of some of the question types VII. Thanks Much thanks goes out to all the people who worked to make this game. You did great at making an absolutely hilarious, stupendous trivia game that never gets boring. Thanks to CJayC at gamefaqs.com for posting my YDKJ FAQ, and to Al Amaloo at about.com for putting it up there. Thank yous also go out to my family for playing the game with me, and not getting mad when I beat them all the time. :) This FAQ is the unpublished work of Brian L. (Brian09@aol.com)