New Question Types

A much-requested feature is finally here. In this update, we’ve added 3 new question types: multiple response, true/false and open-ended. This increases the total number of question types to 6:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Numerical
  3. Short-answer
  4. Multiple response (New)
  5. True/False (New)
  6. Open-ended (New)

Multiple Response

This is the most requested question type. It is similar to multiple-choice, but the difference is participants have to select all the correct answers to get the question right. So rather than radio buttons, this works with checkboxes.

Here’s what it looks like in the editor and player views:

In the editor you will notice a toggle switch above the answer section of the multiple response question. This will also show up on multiple choice questions. It serves as an easy way to switch between the two question types, so you hopefully don’t get confused between them (since the UI is the same). You can still select from the dropdown as well though.

Important: With multiple response question types, the points apply per correct answer. This means if a player only selects one correct answer, when there are two, they will get the question wrong but still get points for the answer they did get right. However, to avoid players just selecting all of the answers to get the points, each incorrect answer will cancel out the points for a correct answer.

True/False

The True/False question type offers a quick way to create true & false questions. You can create these with the multiple choice question type, but obviously this is a lot easier since you don’t need to type true and false each time.

Open-ended

This question type is great for asking students their thoughts on something and getting detailed responses. They are marked correct automatically and you can review the responses from the game results.

💡 Interestingly, this was first requested by someone who wanted to get the participants emails so they could enter for a prize, which I thought was a great idea. Before this, you would need to use a short-answer question type which would be marked wrong as everyone has different emails. Now though, this question type is perfect for the job!


Of course, there are many other question types which are possible. For now though, these have been the most requested question types so I made sure to add them as quickly as possible.

Do you have an idea for a new question type? Let me know in the comments below, or suggest it on our feedback board: https://quizwhizzer.nolt.io

Introducing Powerups!

The latest update improves the game experience by adding powerups, which give players special abilities if they land on a space with a powerup.

Note: This feature is optional and can be turned off from the game options on the launch screen.

The powerups are placed randomly on the game board. If you land on one, you will get a special ability. Which ability you get is random, but also based on your position on the game board. This means players who are further behind will get more offensive (attack) powerups to help them get ahead, whilst players in the lead will get powerups which are more defensive, to help them retain their position.

Another thing to note, is that a player can use a powerup at any time. It will show in a little box at the top right of their screen, where they can click/tap on it at any moment to activate it.

This player has the cannon powerup

Here’s a full list of all the available powerups, along with explanations:

Cannon

When this powerup is activated, the player will get a view of the game board pop up on their screen, where they can click/tap on a space to choose where to fire at.

If there are any players on that space, then they will move backwards 2 spaces.

This powerup is available to all players, no matter what their position. However a player who is at the top is less likely to get this.

Energy Blast

This is available to those players who are at the bottom. When this is activated, an energy blast will emit from the player causing all other players to move backwards 1 space!

+1 Score

This simply increases the player’s score by 1. This is available to players who are at the top as well as the middle, albeit less likely. It helps to strengthen their position (remember, score is taken into account when there are multiple players on the same space).

Speed Boost

This moves the player 2 spaces forwards. It is available to players who are at the middle and bottom positions.

Teleport

This will teleport a player randomly between -3 and +3 spaces (yes, you can go backwards with this!).

It is available to players around the middle positions.

Swap

This will cause a player to swap position with the player in front. It is available to players at the middle and bottom.

Shield

This will create a force field around the player which protects them against other player powerup attacks, such as the cannon, energy blast and swap. It is available to all players, however you are most likely to get it when you are at the top.


Attack powerups, such as the energy blast, cannon and swap, will only affect players who are still playing (players who are finished will not be effected – so they don’t have to worry about losing their place!)

What do you think of this update? Do you have an idea for a powerup? Let me know in the comments below!

Play QuizWhizzer from Home!

We are in some challenging times, as many schools are forced to close due to COVID-19. This means we must adapt to online education and distance learning. In order to help make this easier for teachers as well as students, we are introducing “Homework mode”.

This isn’t much different from a normal QuizWhizzer game, as traditionally you have been able to play a game without being present in a classroom – it just meant you couldn’t see the game board. So to enhance the experience of playing QuizWhizzer from home, we decided to create a separate live view of the game board specifically for players.

This means if a student has an additional device, such as a PC or laptop, they can use this to display the game board while using a smartphone or other device to answer the questions.

To launch a game as homework is easy. When you click the launch icon, you will see a popup which will ask you to choose a launch mode. Simply click “Homework”. You will then be taken to the launch screen where you can choose the game options as normal.

When you launch a game in homework mode, the game will automatically be started so you don’t need to wait for players to enter before you can start.

Once the game has launched, you will get a special link which you should share with your students. This is in the format: https://quizwhizzer.com/player/game/:accessCode (where :accessCode is the access code of the game).

When students go to this link, they will have their own live view of the game board. Now the race is no longer limited to just the classroom!

Note that the link will not work if you are logged into a QuizWhizzer account.

Hopefully this will make your students feel more connected while being at home, as they can see other players who are participating at the same time move across the game board. It could be fun for students to plan when they are going to play so they can race their friends while at home!

We hope you find this update useful, if you have any specific requirements of what you think would make it better, then let me know!

Contact: support@quizwhizzer.com

How to Play a QuizWhizzer Game

You’ve just made your first game, now you want to play it for your next classroom activity! This post will show you all you need to know when playing a QuizWhizzer game in the classroom and how it works.

Prefer video? We’ve got you covered. Watch this walkthrough demonstrating how to play a QuizWhizzer game:


Click the green play icon to launch your game

When you launch a game, you will be brought to the launch screen where you can choose which options to turn on/off for the game session.

As you can see, there are quite a few options to choose from:

Randomize questions 🎲

You can choose whether to randomize the questions for each player (this will help avoid students copying each other if you want them working individually)

Answer streaks 🔥

Choose whether to enable answer streaks. This is where if a student answers correctly 5 or more times in a row, their player will move forwards an extra space.

Retry incorrect answers 🎯

Want to give students another shot of a question if they get it wrong? Enable the “Try again when answer incorrect option”. They will have to keep trying until they get the answer right before they can continue. Beware though, if you have backwards movement set, this will apply each time they answer incorrectly!

Custom avatars (Avatar collections) 🚀

If you have QuizWhizzer Pro, you can choose an “Avatar collection”. This is a collection of avatars you will have made previously (by uploading images) which you can use as custom avatars for the players (rather than the default colored circles). The great thing about this is it’s so flexible, since you upload your own avatars, you can have movie characters, flags, spaceships, anything you can think of! You could even upload your student’s faces as the avatars (they’re only accessible to you) 😁

If you choose to have an avatar collection, you can then set whether to allow duplicate avatars and whether to allow students to pick their avatar when they join, or automatically assign them.

The Lobby

Once you click the great big “Go!” button on the launch screen, the game will be live and you can see the “Access code” in the top left of the screen. This is a unique code which players need to enter to join the game.

Make sure you have the game displayed somewhere where everyone can see it, like on a projector screen.

Students can join the game by going to https://quizwhizzer.com/play where they can enter the access code.

After entering the access code, they will then need to enter a nickname.

If you’re worried about students entering rude nicknames or profanity, have no fear as they’ll automatically be changed to a random animal name if so. As well as this, you can kick players from the game who have unsuitable nicknames by clicking on their avatar.

A game can host up to 20 players or if you upgrade you can have up to 50 players in a game.

The lobby allows you to get everyone in the game before it starts, so all students can start answering at the same time. As students join, you will see their avatars appearing on the lobby screen.

<- This is what the player’s screen will look like while waiting for the game to start

Start the Game

Press the start button to begin. Students will then get their first question. If they get it right, their player will move forwards. If they get it wrong, their player will move backwards. The amount players move, is based on what you set when you created the game.

Here is a multiple choice question. In this case the question is in an image. Students can click on the image to enlarge it.

At the very top of the player screen is a bar set to their unique color (which is automatically assigned at random). There is also their score on the left and their nickname on the right.

You will also notice two progress bars. The first one represents the player’s progress on the game board (the color of the bar is the same as the space color and the circle represents their avatar). The second progress bar represents their progress through the questions.

The score is increased by the number of points a question is worth when they get that question right. Note that the score is not the winning criteria in the game, instead it is how far they get on the game board. The score helps you see how each student did answering the questions, thereby how well they understand the topic.

A great benefit of this style of learning, is that students get instant feedback after submitting their answer. They will immediately know if they got it correct or not.

Also, if you set an explanation for the question, this will be shown after they submit.

In this case, the player answered correctly and hence will move forwards. The forwards movement is set to random so they need to roll the dice (by clicking on it) to determine their move.

Game Settings

The game has started

You will notice on the game screen there is a side panel with various settings you can change.

You can adjust the player’s size as well as the font size for the player names.

Toggle whether to show the player names, the spaces, the numbers on the spaces, the access code and the music.

If you are a QuizWhizzer Pro member, you will be able to set a timer for the game so students have a time limit to answer the questions. It will automatically stop the students answering when time runs out.

You can also view the game results (which show the winners and students answers to each question) at any time using the “View results” button.

As of release 2.1, your game settings are saved in the browser storage so you only need to set them once!

Tip: You can hide the game settings by clicking on the cog icon next to the headings.

Tip: viewing more players

You will notice that not all players are visible (this avoids the screen getting super crowded). You can hover over a space with players on it to see a list of all the players who are on that space.

This is also a way to kick players by clicking on the icon at the right of their name in the player list.

The winners

Once all players are finished, a dialog should appear which notifies you. This happens when everyone has finished all the questions.

The winners are selected only out of those who finished the questions and then based on how far they got in the game. Scores are not taken into account. So it’s possible a player with a lower score beat someone with a higher score, since if you have the movement on random they may have got higher numbers by luck.

Joshua finished ahead the furthest, followed by Terrence then Shari

Game Results

You can view how each student did question-wise by taking a look at the results table. This shows each student’s score as well as their answer to each question, highlighted green if they got it right and red if they got it wrong. If they didn’t answer, the cell will be highlighted gray.

You can click on any cell to view the question. This is great to do at the end to discuss the questions as a group.

If you’re a QuizWhizzer Pro member, you can download the results which will include a detailed breakdown of each question and more stats 🤓

You can access the report later by going to your history. Note that your history will only show your 10 most recent game plays.


I hope you found this helpful, you can contact me at support@quizwhizzer.com if you have any questions or need assistance with anything 😊

Getting Started Guide

In this guide I will explain all the basic features you need to know about to get started and build your first game in QuizWhizzer.

Activate your Account

Before you can create a game, you need to activate your account by confirming your email address. Click on the link sent to you in the email confirmation. We do this to make sure you’re a real user and have access to the email account you signed up with. Accounts not activated are deleted within 7 days.

Creating your First Game

After your account has been activated (you may need to login again), click on the “Make a Game” menu item on the sidebar. You will first be shown a dialog like this:

You must give your game a title so you can identify it. A description is helpful if you keep your game public so others can find it and describes more about what the game is about.

If you would rather make your game private, you can choose “Only me” under the “Available to” selection box.

Next, choose a category for your game. These are generic categories that help organize the public games.

You can choose a folder for your game, but as this is your first game it probably isn’t necessary. Folders help you organize your own games, you can create one at any time.

The Game Board

There are two aspects to a QuizWhizzer game: the game board and the quiz. The game board is displayed at the front of the class (typically using a projector) so all students can see it. Students answer the questions on their phones (or laptops) by joining the game (at https://quizwhizzer.com/play) using the unique access code shown when you launch the game.

NOTE: If you’re short on time, you can use the “Clone a game” button to clone somebody else’s game board. Choose from a wide variety of game boards already made!

The first step to creating the game board is to upload a background. This could be anything you want to theme your game! I am going to use the classic space-time wormhole image:

Once you’ve uploaded the background image, you now need to add the spaces which represent where players will move as they answer the questions. Click the “Add a Space” button and then drag the space to where you want it on the game board.

You can customize the space properties, like the background color, size and shape by clicking on the cog icon next to the “Add a Space” button. You can delete a space by right clicking on it and selecting “Delete”. Notice here you can also change the background color of individual spaces.

Each space has a number, which represents the order players move. They will start at space 1 and progress to the last space.

Here’s what my finished game board looks like:

Once you’ve finished adding the spaces, you may like to customize the number of spaces players move forwards when they answer correctly and similarly you can choose how many spaces players move backwards if they answer incorrectly.

The options are a fixed number (1-6), a random number 1-6 (here players will roll a dice to determine how much they will move by) or you can set it to the number of points the question they just answered is worth.

Now it’s time to start making the questions! You can choose from multiple choice, short answer and numerical question types.

Multiple Choice

For multiple choice questions, click on the check mark icon to mark an answer as correct (the correct ones are marked green). You can have multiple correct answers.

Click the green plus icon to add another answer. You can delete an answer by clicking on the trash icon. There must be at least 2 answers and you can have as many as 26 possible answers.

Rearrange the order of answers by clicking on the drag icon at the left hand side of an answer to move it with your mouse.

Short Answer

This question type is for questions where the answer is a word or phrase. The student has to type their answer in the input box to submit (note it is case insensitive) . You can have multiple answers as well, but the player can only submit one.

The controls are similar to the multiple choice question, where you can add an answer, delete it and rearrange the answers. The difference of course, is that each answer here is one possible correct answer.

Numerical Answer

This is basically what it says on the tin, the player must submit a number for this type of question. An interesting thing about this however, is the advanced options.

Advanced Options for Numerical Question Types

By default, numerical questions will need students to answer with the exact same value for it to be marked as correct. This can be problematic if a question requires several steps and rounding errors can result in a slight variance of answers.

Luckily there are some handy features for cases like this. Click on the cog icon next to the answer input to reveal the advanced options.

If you need to make sure students answer within a particular number of significant figures, you can set the min and max values here. If a student answers outside this range (more/less significant figures than the max/min), their answer will be marked as incorrect*

To avoid rounding errors, you can set a tolerance value. E.g. if the answer is 5.7 and you set tolerance to be 0.05, answers between 5.65 and 5.75 will be marked as correct.

To make this process easier, there is also the option to set the values as default for all numerical questions which come after the question you are configuring.

*If you don’t care about significant figures, but still need the tolerance value, you can just set the max significant figures to be a high value and the min significant figures to 1.

Other features

There are features common to all question types, like how you can add images and a YouTube video.

You will also notice there is an input box for adding an explanation to your question. This is shown after the player submits their answer and is a way you can explain why/how the answer is what it is. You can also add an image to the explanation.

If a player submits a wrong answer, the correct answer will always be shown irrespective if you added an explanation or not.

Here’s a full, annotated screenshot of the questions interface:

Question UI – Click image for larger view

NOTE: If you want to save time creating the questions for your game, you can use the Question Bank to import questions from other games – you’ll need to upgrade first though as this is a PRO feature.

Finishing the Game

Once you’ve finished creating your game, simply click the “Save” button at the top right of the screen (or Ctrl+S).

Congratulations! You’ve made your first game 🙌

See the next post to learn more about launching it for your next classroom activity!

Release 2.1

This is the first major release since QuizWhizzer came out of Beta mode. We’ve added a couple of cool features based on feedback from users.

Here’s a summary of the new features:

  • Retry incorrectly answered questions
  • Game timer
  • Game settings saved in browser

As well as this we’ve made various bug fixes.

Retry Incorrectly Answered Questions

Player screen when answer incorrect

Sometimes, in order to understand something, we just need another attempt at it. This game option means when a player answers incorrectly, they will need to keep trying until they get the answer correct. Beware though, the backwards movement will take effect for each incorrect submission!

If you want to know how many attempts a player took at a question, just go to the game results. Here you will see a face icon in the bottom right of the question cell if a player took more than 1 attempt at the question. A meh face 😐 means the player took 2 attempts. A sad face 🙁 means the player took more than 2 attempts. You can see the exact number of attempts by hovering over the icon.

The game results with attempt icons

To use this mode, simply toggle the switch for “Try again when answer incorrect” on the launch screen (also new this release!)

Try again when answer incorrect is the third option (labelled ‘New’)

Game Timer

This is a new QuizWhizzer Pro feature which allows you to add a timer to your game. It will automatically stop all players from answering when time runs out.

The game screen with timer running
The timer controls are super flexible, with everything you could possibly need 🙂
Player screen when time runs out

Save Game Settings in Browser

When we’re talking about game settings, we’re referring to the control panel at the right side of the screen in an active game. This shows settings you can change like how big the players are, their font size (for the names), whether to show player names, show the spaces, turn music on/off, etc.

We realized it may get pretty tedious to turn these on/off for each game you launch, so we’ve added a feature which will save the settings in your browser.


We hope you like this update! Is there a feature you want to see in a future update? Let us know by contacting support@quizwhizzer.com

Thanks!