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How to Play Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! is one of the world's most beloved game shows, and for good reason! In Jeopardy!, you must answer topic-based clues, but there's a twist - you're provided the answer, and your response must be phrased in the form of a question.

When the game starts, a board with 12 clues appears (there are 3 Jeopardy! topics with 4 clues a piece). Start the game by selecting any clue and try answering it to the best of your ability. If you get the answer right, you are awarded points - the amount of points is dependent on the difficulty of the clue. Clues further down the board are worth more points, but get increasingly difficult. However, if you answer a Jeopardy! clue incorrectly, you lose the amount of points equal to the value of the clue.

Additionally, there are some hidden "Daily Double" clues. If you select one of the hidden "Daily Double" clues, you are able to wager as much of your points as you want. If you wager all of your points, that is called a "True Daily Double."

The Jeopardy! round ends after 7 clues are selected and answered, then you'll move on to "Double Jeopardy" where the board resets with 12 new Jeopardy! Clues that are more difficult and provide higher point values.

After 7 clues in "Double Jeopardy," the last round of the game begins: "Final Jeopardy!" In this round, you must wager points before you answer the clue. Typically, "Final Jeopardy!" clues are extremely difficult, but they allow less successful players an opportunity to win the game if they wager enough. When "Final Jeopardy!" concludes, the contestant with the most points wins and is crowned the champion of Jeopardy!

When your friends ask, "who won Jeopardy! tonight?" You can say, "who is me!?" Enjoy the competition, that classic Jeopardy! music, and take your first steps toward the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. Think you are the Jeopardy! GOAT? Now is the chance to prove yourself. Put on your thinking cap and become a Jeopardy! winner today. Good luck!

About Jeopardy!

Answer: this popular American game show debuted in 1964 and has been hosted by Alex Trebek since 1984.

What is Jeopardy!?

In partnership with Sony, we're proud to bring you this official version of Jeopardy!, the famous quiz show where clues are presented in the form of answers, and contestants must respond using questions. Like the hugely popular game show, arguably one of the greatest TV game shows of all time, in our online Jeopardy! game you get to experience the thrill of the Jeopardy! and Double Jeopardy! rounds, followed by Final Jeopardy!. Great for staying sharp and challenging yourself, come back each day for a new online Jeopardy! game with interesting and thought provoking clues, just like the TV version of your favorite game!

Fun facts about Jeopardy!

  • Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin, a former singer, game show host and talk show host. Interestingly enough, the show's original name was What's the Question?, which Griffin later replaced in favor of Jeopardy!. Throughout his career Griffin created several other game shows including Click, Reach for the Stars, and Jeopardy! sister game Wheel of Fortune.
  • The longest Jeopardy! winning streak is held by Ken Jennings, who in 2004 won 74 straight games, with his winnings totaling $2,522,700! He has since returned for several Jeopardy! special tournaments including the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions and the Jeopardy! IBM Challenge. The record holder for lifetime Jeopardy! winnings, however, is held by Brad Rutter who totaled over $5.1 million in winnings.
  • Jeopardy! has a long and illustrious history, having amassed 39 Daytime Emmy Awards, with Alex Trebek winning seven awards for Outstanding Game Show host.
  • Jeopardy! currently has nine writers and five researchers on staff who are responsible for creating each category and clue. Roughly 14,000 Jeopardy clues are written each season and, to date, nearly 400,000 Jeopardy! clues have been created for over 8,000 aired episodes! Talk about a busy team!
  • While a week's worth of Jeopardy! episodes are shot in a single day, to the viewing audience, it appears that there is a new episode that is filmed and aired each day.

Good luck, and we hope you enjoy playing this official Jeopardy! game and other brain games for free at Arkadium!