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‘Jack’ is back, tricky as ever

“You Don’t Know Jack” popular trivigame from 1990s is being released today by Chicago’s Jellyvision.

“You Don’t Know Jack,” a popular trivia game from the 1990s, is being released today by Chicago’s Jellyvision.

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Updated: May 14, 2011 4:57AM

Don’t know your popes from your Britney Spears pop songs? Prepare to be told “you don’t know jack.”

The irreverent pop culture trivia game “You Don’t Know Jack,” popular on PCs in the ’90s, is back. The game, developed by Chicago-based Jel­ly­vi­sion and published by THQ, hits stores today with new episodes and questions. This version ($29.99) is available for 360, Nintendo DS, PC, PS3 and Wii.

Set up like a television game show, “Jack” comes complete with an unseen announcer (voice of Tom Gottlieb) and commercials. It begins in the green room, where production assistants brief you and up to three other contestants on how the game is played.

The video game contains 73 “episodes,” each featuring 11 questions. Additional episodes with new questions are available for purchase via download on the 360 and PS3.

While the new game stays true to the spirit of the original 1995 title, Jellyvision’s Allard Laban said the update doesn’t just feature brand new questions.

“One big difference from when we made the original game in 1995 is that pop culture is so fragmented,” he said. “We had a whole lot more to draw from with the Internet, YouTube and social networking.”

The game’s head writer, Steve Heinrich, said the game reflects a Chicago sense of humor.

“We advertised for additional writers at Second City, iO and in comedy clubs, had several hundred people apply and whittled that pool down to the best six,” he says.

Second City comedian Tim Sniffen, who worked on previous versions of the game, returned for the latest entry and contributed many of its segues.

“It’s a trivia game, but there’s a lot of humor built in,” Laban said.

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