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Kahoot! is an internet quiz game primarily used in classrooms and social settings. It was created in August 2013 in Norway. Users can create, play, and share their own quizzes with their friends.
Kahoot! is typically played on a projector or a large screen in front of a room filled with people. When the game begins, each personnote in the room uses their own device to join the lobby and set their nickname. When everyone is in the game, the host begins the quiz. Each question is timed with multiple-choice answers. The questions and choices are shown on the large screen, and players input their answers on their own devices by clicking on the corresponding shapes. When every player has given their answer, or the time is up, the correct answer is shown along with the amount of players who picked each answer. Players who answer correctly are awarded points, allowing them to travel up the leaderboard and beat other players.
In 2016, a mode was added called Jumble in which players put answers in the correct order rather than select just one answer. There are also the modes Survey and Discussion, which are designed for simply gathering opinions without any actual competition.
Kahoot! can be found here.
Kahoot! provides examples of:
- Animal Theme Naming: If the name generator is enabled, Kahoot! will automatically pick nicknames that are verbs followed by animals.
- Audience Participation: The main point of the game is that the audience can join with their phones and answer questions.
- Broken Win/Loss Streak: Players can lose their answer streaks by picking the wrong answer.
- Chiptune: If ghost mode is enabled, the lobby theme and some of the countdown themes will switch to chiptune remixes.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The different answers to each question are colour-coded, with the colours being red, blue, orange, and green.
- Competitive Multiplayer: Players can compete against each other either individually or as teams.
- Cooperative Multiplayer: In the Team mode, players get into teams and cooperate to answer.
- Euphemistic Names: Often invoked as part of Video Game Perversity Potential and other review games. Though the game doesn't actually let players enter certain words, there will occasionally be players who decide to have some fun with these restrictions, entering names that sound like sexual acts or similar topics. Some names that may show up among players include Mike Hunt, Barry McCocciner, Gabe Itch, Jenna Talia, and Penny Trayshun.
- Fake Difficulty: Answer order will be generated randomly unless specified otherwise. This prevents memorizing the quizzes by their answer placement and enhances the learning experience.
- Holiday Mode: Kahoot! will often go through different themes on holidays (such as Christmas and Halloween), or other special days (such as the anniversary of Roald Dahl's birthday). These events often include a themed remix for the lobby screen.
- In-Series Nickname: Players have the ability to use nicknames that are shown on the leaderboard and on other devices.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: The lobby theme only has computer instruments and no vocals.
- Leitmotif: Kahoot has three different leitmotifs that are remixed and modified throughout its soundtrack. According to the game's metadata, these leitmotifs are titled "Original", "Climbing", and "Groovy".
- Miniscule Rocking: The game has various music tracks that play as Think Music. The lengths of the music tracks match the time limits of the questions, so some of the music tracks are only 5 or 10 seconds long.
- Non-Indicative Name: Kahoot! doesn't indicate anything about what the game is or how it's played.
- No Plot? No Problem!: The game doesn't have a "plot"; just answer quiz questions.
- No Time to Think: Some questions give players only five or ten seconds to answer. In some cases, this is only barely enough time to read the choices.
- Not the Intended Use:
- Kahoot! was originally intended to be used for education, but there are a lot of pop culture quizzes available on the website.
- Businesses have used Kahoot! to train their employees and promote their products, which has led to the creation of Kahoot! Pro and Plus, two business-oriented premium subscriptions.
- One-Word Title: Kahoot!.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Most players are only known by their nicknames in order to encourage anonymity.
- Pop Quiz: One type of quiz is the Blind Kahoot, in which you're suddenly given a quiz on a concept you don't know about and haven't learned yet. As the quiz progresses, the concept is built upon and explained to make it easier to understand.
- Retraux: Kahoot! has a ghost mode that uses retro graphics along with a chiptune version of the soundtrack.
- Speed Round: Several quizzes end with a question that lasts only five or ten seconds.
- The Nicknamer: Kahoot! itself can automatically give people nicknames if the setting is enabled.
- Think Music: In each question, groovy music is played while the players decide on their answers.
- Tick Tock Tune: The lobby theme and several other songs from the soundtrack use the sound of a clock ticking to encourage players to hurry up.
- Timed Mission: Each question has a time limit of anywhere from five seconds to two minutes. Players who don't answer within the time limit receive no points.
- Unstable Equilibrium: If the Answer Streak Bonus setting is enabled, players who get answer streaks will get bonus points, making them a lot more likely to win than players who don't go on streaks.
- Video Game Perversity Prevention: Your name is changed if the game recognizes it as something inappropriate.