With lockdown well and truly in full swing, so are the virtual quiz nights. Who’d have thought 2020 would be the year we all became quiz heads? And yet here we are, with at least three in the calendar for next week alone.
They’re a great way to virtually get together with a large group of friends or family. Whether on FaceTime, Houseparty or Zoom, anyone who’s tried it knows the impossibility of being able to hold a decent conversation with more than four people present in the video chat, but luckily the concentration required for quizzes means things stay relatively quiet – until the answers are revealed and we all start bartering for half points, that is.
Nevertheless, now we’re more than a few quizzes deep into lockdown, it’s fair to say we’re getting a bit bored of the same general knowledge and in search of alternative quiz round ideas to keep things interesting.
So why not take advantage of the visual medium of video chatting and get stuck into some creative picture round ideas? Whether you’re a Zoom whizz and know how to share your screen with others or you like to keep things analogue by printing off your pictures to hold up to the camera, anything goes in this new world of makeshift Sunday night quizzing.
19 fun picture round ideas to play with friends and family
1. Super zoom
Take photos of common household objects close up to obscure them and see if your friends can guess what they are. You can also find plenty of macro (close-up) shots on Google, too.
2. Who’s who? Family edition
Picture round ideas don’t come much more personal! Gather old family photos and obscure the faces to see who can tell who’s who.
3. Who’s who? Celeb edition
Same as before but with images of celebrities – take iconic shots, such as stills from movies or well-known pap shots, pixelate or obscure the faces and see who knows their celebs the best. Dab-hands at Photoshop could also copy and paste pictures of their fellow contestants’ faces into the images.
4. One for the bookworms
Can you tell the book just from the cover art if the title and author are removed? Find out who’s the biggest bookworm once and for all. This also works well with movie posters and album covers.
We all have our favourite chocolate bar, but can you tell which is which when the packaging is removed? Take photos of classic chocolate bars either whole or sliced in half to see the inside for this round.
6. Name that movie
Cinema lovers will be great at this – take stills from iconic movie scenes and get your friends to guess the film title. This also works well with foreign movie posters – they’re often really different to the UK one and much harder to identify than you’d think!
7. Name that song
Same as above, but take still shots from famous music videos to test your friends musical knowledge – plus it’s a great way to earn double points for getting the artist and song title correct. We’ve got even more music-themed quiz rounds here.
8. Baby photos
Can you guess the celebrity from their baby photos? A quick google search will return plenty of celeb baby pics and will keep your fellow quizzers guessing for ages.
9. Celebrity caricatures
You know their faces from photoshoots, but how about when they’ve been sketched and exaggerated? Some are pretty obvious, but others will leave them baffled.
10. Where am I?
Use Google Images to gather pictures of landmarks from around the world and see who knows their geography. To make it harder, use Google Earth to zoom in on the points of view from a landmark and get people to guess where they’re ‘stood’.
Show your mates famous logos we see everyday with the brand name removed to really test their knowledge of the world around them.
12. Flora and fauna
Images of unusual animals and plants could keep your friends and family scratching their heads for some time.
13. Who said that?
A great one to play with close friends, delve into the social media archives and take screenshots of old tweets and Facebook statuses, then get them to guess who said what. Hilarity, and possible embarrassment, will likely ensue.
14. Cartoon characters
We all know Tweety Bird and Mickey Mouse, but can your teams remember the names of more obscure animated characters, like the parents from Rugrats, or all of the Wacky Racers?
15. Name the breed
Dogs or cats work best for these picture round ideas, but you could get niche if you think your friends can handle it! Pick a handful of lesser-known breeds and see if they can guess their names. As a bonus, the research process for this one is seriously adorable.
16. What’s the connection?
Show everyone pictures of two famous people – they don’t have anything immediately in common at first glance, but there is a hidden link. Can they work out what it is?
Put together the name of a film or book or other catchphrase using nothing but emojis. It’s everyone else’s job to work out what the little icons represent.
18. Spot the difference
There are hundreds of these online – find two versions of the same image with very subtle changes and see if everyone can spot what’s been altered.
19. Social media pics
Another social media-based round best played with close friends, scroll back through the your friends’ social media timelines and see what beautiful (read embarrassing) photos you can find, then get them to guess the year it was taken. Bonus points if you can explain what’s going on in the photo eg. the first time that person got drunk, last day of school etc.