Making Proper and Full Use of Bonus Questions

February 20, 2016 by DigiGames

“Tips on making sure you use the right kind of bonus questions and rounds to keep your audience and paying employers happy!”

Welcome back to the blog. I hope its been a great start to 2016 for you, and indeed the blog has got off to a strong start this year with some great feedback. Thanks again for reading!


Today we are going to go back down the route of some useful hints and tips on formatting and what to include. I think you will know by now that there are two consistent themes within the blog with are how to run the quiz and how to market yourself. Essentially, both need to be solid for you to succeed and I hope this quiz blog helps you in doing so.

What we are looking at in this entry is the way in which you can use “bonus questions” and bonus rounds to make your quiz more enjoyable, more appealing and more fun. Doing a standard, “every questions is worth a point” style round is all well and good but it can lead to the same teams winning and teams getting so far behind they lose interest. Cleverly and tactically done the use of the bonus question can enhance your quiz night, impress the venue owner and above all else, the enjoyment of the customers.

Below we are going to take a look at some of the ways in which you can incorporate bonus questions in your quiz but first I just want to have a quick look at the aims and objectives of including bonus rounds. And of course clear up the term…..


By bonus rounds, we are referring to questions and rounds which are worth more points than the norm. A chance to catch up, pull away and move up a few places. The aim of using these in your quizzes and trivia nights are mainly –

To try and avoid the same team winning each week
To try and avoid the team who finish last coming last every week
To give everyone a chance of winning something
To keep everyone engaged
To make sure the scores are closer
Now let us see how and what you can to incorporate this into your trivia nights..

Making Proper and Full Use of Bonus Questions – Joker Rounds

One of the most tried and tested ways to achieve the above aims is the use of a Joker Round. For example, if your event has 6 rounds on varied themes the players chose to use a Joker on any one round to double their score. Why this works so well is simple. The top team is likely to get an even spread across the rounds so the use of the joker may not impact their total or placing. However, the team finishing in the lower places it could affect considerably. For example, a team may get full marks on the TV round but struggle with everything else. This means by using their Joker on the TV round they can boost their score and placing considerably.  This may not stop the same team winning week on week but done correctly it will close the scores and give other teams more of as chance.

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