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[[caption-width-right:300:Giant, flashing letters that spell out BONUS are optional.]]
->''"Here's a little bonus room\\
'Cuz I know you've had it tough,\\
And here's a little [[LongSongShortScene bonus tune]]\\
'Bout collecting real cool stuff..."''
-->-- "The Li'l Bonus Room," ''VideoGame/{{Skullmonkeys}}''

The friendly Bonus Stage (not to be confused with the less friendly BonusDungeon and BrutalBonusLevel) is a level or area in a video game that has all or many of the following traits:
* Does not need to be accessed/completed to complete the game (though it may be needed for OneHundredPercentCompletion).
* Is entered after the end of a regular level, or at points within a regular level.
* Usually hidden, or requires a certain level of performance or number of pickups, but in some games they always appear at set points.
* Contains opportunities to get large amounts of points, {{One Up}}s, continues, {{Power Up}}s, and even BonusStageCollectables.
* Typically, it is a MiniGame, or differs significantly in some other way from normal gameplay.
* If it's possible to die at all, it will only kick you out of the bonus stage without taking a life.

This is also not to be confused with [[WebAnimation/BonusStage the web animation of the same name]], or BonusRound, which is for game shows and tends to function similarly. See also SecretLevel.



[[folder: Action Game ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''
** ''Battletoads in Battlemaniacs'' had continuous scrolling bonus stages following the second and fifth levels. The object was to collect the bowling pins or dominoes for points and avoid the black ones and enemies.
** The ''Battletoads'' UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame had a ''Street Fighter II''-like timed stage after the third level to demolish a Rat Fighter like the one from ''Battletoads and Double Dragon''.
* ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu'' has hidden bells in many places. When Jackie picks up a bell, he is instantly transported to a "special stage," where he can win points, by punching/kicking things or jumping on clouds, that can be spent on health, continues, and Psycho Waves. There's a show of fireworks for a perfect score.
* In between certain stages of ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'', Bin must fight Pin in a boxing ring for [[ScoringPoints points.]] If only one person is playing, Bin fights a computer-controlled Pin; if two are playing, they must duel.
* ''VideoGame/CarriesOrderUp'' sends you to a bonus stage every four rounds, where you have a limited time to collect coins to raise your score and earn extra lives without fear of bumping into customers.


[[folder: Action Adventure ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Jaws}}'' has a bonus stage involving bombing jellyfish from a plane.


[[folder: Fighting Game ]]

* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', after every two or three rounds, your character got to beat the crap out of a car or pile of oil drums for extra points.
** And ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future'' has two bonus stages in which you destroy a car or tech [[JokeCharacter Sean's]] basketballs.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has a few staple bonus rounds, the most enduring one being "Break the Targets". Others have included "Board the Platforms" and "Race to the Finish". In the 3DS game's Smash Run, these bonus rounds were repurposed into bonus challenges for power-ups (in the case of Break the Targets) and endgame rulesets (in the case of Race to the Finish).


[[folder: First Person Shooter ]]

* ''VideoGame/StarTrekEliteForce 2'' has a Bonus Stage which is a direct pastiche of ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''; you even have go drop down a giant pipe to get to it.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanDoom'', unusually for a vanilla ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' mod, has one of these. During your first boss fight with the Scarecrow, mayor Kroll is tied to a ticking bomb in the vicinity. If the bomb explodes, the level ends and you go to the next one (map16) like normal. But if you manage to actually defeat Scarecrow before the explosion, you go to map31. It's a big, empty (and thus somewhat creepy) city map where you're trying to collect a bunch of random bonuses before you can access the exit and continue onto map16. This is also where you can access the SecretLevel.


[[folder: Maze Game ]]

* ''VideoGame/DevilWorld'' has the "Bonus Box" at the end of every round, where Tamagon searches for a OneUp hidden in one of six boxes. As the Devil has flown away, Tamagon can for once control the direction of scrolling by stepping on arrows.
* ''VideoGame/LadyBug'' for the UsefulNotes/ColecoVision had the Vegetable Harvest Screen as a reward for [[SpellingBonus spelling S-P-E-C-I-A-L]], while the arcade original simply gave the player a free game credit.
* ''VideoGame/SaturnBomberman'' had "Bomber Catcher," a PowerUp-grabbing crane game.
* ''VideoGame/WreckingCrew'' has a find-the-coin bonus minigame after every fourth stage.
* ''Super VideoGame/PacMan'' had a bonus stage every few screens where Pac-Man in his super state must eat all the objects on the screen before time runs out.


[[folder: MMORPG ]]

* ''VideoGame/SpiralKnights'' periodically and randomly inserts bonus stages into their dungeons. These levels are full of money, items, [[ExperiencePoints Heat]] and [[GreenRocks Minerals]], with no enemies to attack.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The Troves of the Treasure King, a single player instance focused on the player looting as many chests as possible before a timer ran out. While there were enemies to fight it was better to ignore all but the final mini-boss as they dropped little loot and tended to call others over, wasting even more time. It could only be accessed using a key which characters could only loot once per week.
** The special Warlock instance in the Black Temple has a timed stage where the player temporarily ignores the fighting to steal as many trinkets as possible. Depending on what was swiped, the total haul could easily be several hundred gold.


[[folder: Platform Game ]]

* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' had the enemy-free "Test Your Skill" stages, where the objective was to collect coins within the time limit.
** In the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', going down certain pipes or climbing up hidden vines would take you to hidden areas filled with coins. Later games in the series kept these in-level bonus areas but added entirely separate levels, sometimes hidden, sometimes not, in which you could get loads of points, lives, or items.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' has an even larger number of different kinds of bonus area/level. Underground coin rooms, beanstalk coin rooms, the slot-machine MiniGame, the Memory Mini Game, the ''treasure ship'', etc.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' has, in addition to coin rooms, a MiniGame where Mario must hit various cycling blocks and try to get 3 shapes in a row to win [[OneUp 1-Ups]]. It is accessed by accumulating 100 stars via breaking the tape at the end of the main levels (they're absent in Fortresses and Castles).
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' on the UsefulNotes/GameBoy, in addition to coin rooms, taking the harder-to-reach exit to a stage would lead to a bonus game where, depending on your timing, you could get lives or a power-up. One room, notably, exaggerates this trope by having all of the space in the room except for the floor and exit pipe filled completely with coins. It was impossible to collect all coins unless you used a thrown Super Ball (which, unlike other Mario games' fireballs, can collect coins, bounce at a 45-degree angle upon hitting a surface, and are unaffected by gravity). A few of the coin rooms have SpikesOfDoom, allowing you to ''die in a coin room''.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has scattered Warp Pipes that lead to various rooms with free stuff available. Some contained dice which can give coins, Star Bits, or {{OneUp}}s. Others contain many coins that, if collected soon enough, give a 1Up.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}'', each level contains a secret entrance to a bonus stage where you must complete a task within a time limit to get a special item; collecting enough of these would unlock passwords that you could enter to modify various aspects of gameplay.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
** In the original ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'', the Special Stage consisted of a rotating maze with the objective being to reach the end and collect the Chaos Emerald. They were accessed by jumping into a giant ring that appeared at the end of the first two acts of each zone when you had at least fifty rings.
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' featured a race through a pseudo-3D halfpipe with the objective of collecting enough rings to pass through three checkpoints while dodging bombs. These were accessed via [[CheckPoint Star Posts]]: having fifty rings when touching one would create a halo of stars, jumping through which begins the stage. This style of Special Stage was brought back in ''VideoGame/Sonic3DBlast'' and ''VideoGame/SonicPocketAdventure''.
** In the 8-bit (UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem and UsefulNotes/GameGear) game, the Chaos Emeralds were hidden in the levels but collecting enough rings gave you access to the bonus stage full of rings, extra lives and one continue per stage.
** ''Sonic 3'' was unique for having bonus stages dedicated to the Chaos Emeralds (3D mazes where you must "Get Blue Spheres"), as well as three less elaborate bonus stages for the express purpose of farming rings, lives, and shields -- the Gumball Machine, sort-of-Pinball, and Slots.
** The bonus stages were brought back for ''Sonic Heroes'', which was notable because the other 3D games (both before and after Heroes) just automatically gave you the Chaos Emeralds over the course of the main plot. Of course, those Emeralds were ''still'' necessary to reach the final story...
** ''[[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Sonic Rush]]'' did the same thing, but only for Sonic's story - Blaze got a Sol Emerald automatically after every boss fight. The Chaos Emeralds AND the Sol Emeralds were both necessary to access the final stage in this case. Its sequel has Sonic racing against Johnny for the Chaos Emeralds, while Blaze gets Sol Emeralds on certain missions.
** ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' has a new Special Stage in the form of a fully-3D chase after a UFO holding a Chaos Emerald, with players tasked with collecting blue spheres to increase their speed and Rings to increase their time limit. The "Blue Spheres" Special Stages from ''Sonic3AndKnuckles'' also return as Bonus Stages for collecting Medals to unlock new content.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim''
** As sort of a weird example, in ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', each regular level would be followed by "Andy Asteroids?", a race with Psy-Crow. Beating him would allow you to go on to the next stage without incident and possibly rack up an extra continue, while losing to him forced you to fight him before going on to the next stage.
** In ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim 2'', the same was done with a minigame where you had to use a giant marshmallow to bounce Peter Puppy's puppies to safety after Psy-Crow throws them out of a window. If you drop too many, Peter transforms into his SuperpoweredEvilSide and attacks you.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Skullmonkeys}}'', the bonus rooms are accessed by collecting the "Swirly Q"s and entering a special exit at the end of the level. It's most remembered for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al0XOLM9FPw song]] that plays there, which must be heard to be believed.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry1'' and its sequels have loads of secret areas filled with goodies, some of which behave more like part of a normal level and some of which behave more like levels in their own right.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' has hidden rooms that contain many bananas, banana coins, and balloons. Collecting everything reveals a Puzzle Piece necessary for OneHundredPercentCompletion. Falling off does not result in death.
* In ''VideoGame/CoolSpot'', collecting 75 Cool Points in a level unlocked a bonus stage after the level was finished in which you could get 1-ups and continues.
* In ''VideoGame/DynamiteHeaddy'', putting on the Liberty Head transports you to a bonus game where you try to shoot a certain number of basketballs through moving hoops within a time limit. Each time you successfully complete it, you get one of the characters in the four-character password needed to unlock the Bonus Boss after the end credits. You are transported back to the same point in the main level when the bonus game ends.
* ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996'' has bonus stages that are gotten to by collecting three of certain items. The later ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' games have one on each level (the page image is from the [[VideoGame/CrashBandicoot3Warped third game]]), which you just have to step on a pad to get to. Some levels have a second pad that only appears if you get that far without dying, or have the corresponding colored Gem in your hands, which leads to a more-dangerous-than-normal-play Death Stage.
* ''VideoGame/JazzJackrabbit'' had a variation where, after each world, you would get a bonus round, where Jazz would run around (in ThirdPersonShooter mode, minus the shooter part, rather than SideScroller mode) in a semi-3D maze collecting gems. If you met the target within the time limit, you got a 1-up.
* Every world in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' has one bonus stage which can be unlocked by finding a hidden switch. These stages contain lots of 1-ups.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' has two kinds. The first plays like the regular game itself (except you had to collect gold objects for extra lives). You could die in those, if that happened you'd exit the bonus level without losing any lives. The other is a PassThroughTheRings bonus, with an extra continue should you make it to the end.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' games
** ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames'' has special tokens you can collect to earn a chance to play as Abu in Agrabah or the Cave of Wonders.
** In ''VideoGame/AladdinCapcom'', the "A Whole New World" stage is a bonus level with no enemies.
* ''VideoGame/TheLionKing'' has bugs that can be collected to play bonus games as Timon or Pumbaa.
* In ''[[VideoGame/NutsAndMilk Nuts & Milk]]'', the third of every set of five levels was a timed bonus round. Yogurt would be waiting on a box in the middle of the screen instead of in a house at the top left, Nuts was replaced by fireballs that moved slowly around the screen, and collecting fruits were optional, but they otherwise played like ordinary levels. However, dying in a bonus round wouldn't affect the number of lives.
* ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble''
** ''Bubble Bobble Part 2'' for the NES: In each bonus game after each BossBattle, Bub must play volleyball or one-on-one basketball (both [[LuckBasedMission Luck-Based]] and [[TimedMission Timed]], and there's [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks a really weird twist to the "basketball" game in there]]) or get more of a certain item than [[ThatOneBoss his opponent]]. These games are very NintendoHard too, and [[UnWinnable the player will lose more than he/she would win]]. Bonuses range from various point bonuses to a huge item and/or five extra {{One Up}}s.
** Getting more of a certain item than the opponent does, however: that's a ShoutOut to the original game which has a bonus game - In the first Bubble Bobble, the player(s) race to get the most of a type of item on the screen in a time limit.
* ''[[VideoGame/BombJack Mighty Bomb Jack]]'' has the unusual inversion of this trope, a Penalty Stage. Players who get too greedy collecting Mighty Coins or Mighty Drinks will be sent to a torture room, which has enemies but no prizes or exits. Escape is obtained by jumping fifty times.
* ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'' has Belle's world, unlocked after beating the game.
* In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfLomax'', when you defeat 50 enemies, the exit at the end of the current level will bring you to a bonus stage, where you have a limited time to collect loads of money. The stage itself is entirely made out of money, too. No enemies to be found, and dying only brings you to the next level.
* ''VideoGame/TheSmurfs1994'': Collecting enough stars in all but the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version will take you into a bonus level.
* ''Manga/{{Gon}}'' for the SuperFamicom has three timed bonus minigames: "Gon Eats Apples," "Gon Makes a Sculpture," and "Gon Steps on a Crocodile."
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'', collecting a yin-yang token would take you to a bonus room where spheres you collected up to that point could be redeemed to roll a die to win more spheres, shields, or extra lives.
* In ''VideoGame/TheCatInTheHat'', collecting four keys and taking them to a Bonus Door would take you to a room where you'd have to outrun some AdvancingWallOfDoom (either horizontal or vertical) to collect a gem. These gems could be used to unlock the super secret bonus level.
* VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo:
** The first game has a lot of those in the form of warp zones. They are often hidden in various places and allow you to collect a lot of coins.
** The second game has unlockable minigames, which can be accessed when you collect enough purple crystals.

[[folder: Puzzle Game ]]

* ''VideoGame/MilonsSecretCastle'' has hidden music boxes that transport Milon to an area in which he collects musical notes to earn money.
* The credit rolls of the ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' series have you continue playing. Some modes have you simply continue playing as the credits roll, with no effect on your score or grade. Some others, like ''[=TGM2=]''[='=]s and ''[=TGM3=]''[='=]s Master mode, have the "disappearing roll," in which pieces vanish 5 seconds after locking down; in ''[=TGM3=]'' clearing lines during this part will add a small fraction of a whole grade. Then there's the infamous "invisible roll" in which pieces vanish upon locking; in ''[=TGM2=]'', this is required to earn the Grand Master rank (failing will net you an M grade instead), and in ''[=TGM3=]'', this nets even more grades per line clear, and clearing enough lines ''and'' surviving are just part of the [[http://www.tetrisconcept.com/wiki/index.php/Tetris_The_Grand_Master_3#GrandMaster_Requirements requirements]] for ''[=TGM3=]''[='=]s Grand Master rank.[[note]]And believe me, those two requirements alone are hard enough. How hard? Well, out of the millions who've played ''Tetris'', only '''''3''''' of them have this rank.[[/note]] Finally, ''[=TGM3=]''[='=]s Shirase credit roll has you playing with fully-visible double-sized pieces, but has no effect on your grade.
* You access these in ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' by hitting the golden eggs in some levels.
* In ''VideoGame/BinaryLand'', the third stage out of every five was a bonus level where the goal was to collect hearts.


* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' has had a few. Team Fortress 2 mode in the second game, as well as the first intermission.

[[folder:Roleplaying Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'':
** Greed's Domain, reached either via Kanai's Cube or rarely when killing a [[MetalSlime Treasure Goblin]]. The zone not only contains two additional Treasure Goblins and the boss Greed but also breakable items which spawn massive amounts of gold. A good run can easily net ''millions'' of gold.
** Not the Cow Level is not nearly as lucrative but the bodies found throughout the area spawn a surprisingly large amount of gold.

[[folder: Shoot Em Up ]]

* A [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfVideoGames classic example]] is the Challenge Stages of ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}''.
* The US manual for ''VideoGame/{{Deathsmiles}}'' [[SchmuckBait advertises the Ice Palace in MBL as this]]. Under normal conditions, it is exceptionally easy to rack up points and max out your lifebar (scores of over ''[[PinballScoring 11 billion]]'' from the stage by itself are not unheard of, making it the single high-scoring stage). Unfortunately, if you happen to be [[NoDamageRun doing too]] [[HarderThanHard good]], the background will be red instead of blue, and you'll have to contend with it at Rank 999, where accumulating points is much more difficult.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders''
** ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders Extreme'' has bonus rounds that are activated by shooting red or flashing [=UFOs=]. Inside, you have to shoot a certain number of armoured or evasive invaders within a time limit. Your reward? When you exit, your cannon becomes a WaveMotionGun for at least 15 seconds.
** ''Space Invaders Extreme 2'' streamlines this feature by having the main stage keep going while the bonus stage takes place on the top of the screen, which you have to shoot upwards to.
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceHarrier'', stages 5 and 12 have you [[DragonRider leap onto a friendly dragon]] and score points by flying into everything in sight.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Carnival}}'', when you complete a screen, you get a bonus stage where you must shoot a bear with a bullseye target as many times as you can before it runs offscreen.
* The Challenge Racks in ''VideoGame/SolarFox'', where you must collect all the solar cells on the screen in a limited time to receive bonus points.

[[folder: Turn Based Strategy ]]
* In ''Videogame/{{Oasis}}'', bonus stage where most of the map consists of large oasis. There is also a single town. Once the glyph and the city is discovered, victory is guaranteed.

* ''VideoGame/CrueBall'' has a hidden game where you play ''Breakout'' against exploding skeletons.
* Between nights in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'', the "Fun with Plushtrap" minigame occurs. You use a flashlight to try and make Plushtrap stop moving on a large white "X" when a timer has expired. Succeed, and you skip two hours on the next night. Fail, and you either get a screen stating "Too bad" or Plushtrap jumpscares you, but the next night's gameplay is otherwise unaffected.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsStarfighter'' has everything from a canyon race, to a multiplayer duel, to an escort mission involving the protagonist's father.

[[folder: Non-Video Game]]
* In UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, the "extra point" and "two-point conversion" come after a major score, and failure usually has no consequence other than not getting the extra points. However, in extreme cases, [[EpicFail it's possible for the other team to score]]. Much the same applies to a conversion in UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion.
* Most modern {{Pinball}} games have a VideoMode, which temporarily suspends the playfield action for a short video game.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', two bonus stages in their respective games are plot points.
** An [[DummiedOut unfinished]] bonus track in Sugar Rush, known as Diet Cola Mountain, is Vanellope's home. [[spoiler:It gets destroyed during the climax , but Vanellope gets a castle immediately after anyway.]]
** [[spoiler:At the end, after being accepted by the Nicelanders, Ralph starts lamenting for the Qbert gang, whose game was unplugged. His solution? Integrate them into the Fix-It Felix Jr. Bonus Level, giving them a new home as well a giving the game a popularity boost.]]