- The Bonus Game is played on a board with four windows, each of which is associated with one small prize and one of which conceals the word "BONUS." While the game uses small prizes, which the contestant can win, the real goal of the game is to win the "bonus prize," which is of much greater value.
- The contestant is shown each of four small prizes, one at a time, each with a wrong price. He or she must determine whether the right price is higher or lower than the wrong one shown. A correct decision wins that prize and a marker on the board are moved to mark the corresponding window. If the contestant is wrong, the small prize is lost and the marker is removed from the board.
- After all, four prizes have been played, all four windows are lighted. If the window that lights "BONUS" has been marked, the contestant also wins the bonus prize. If the contestant does not win any of the small prizes, the game ends immediately.
- Contestants who correctly price all four smaller prizes automatically win the bonus prize, since they mark all four windows.
- Bonus Game was one of the first three pricing games to be played on the show having premiered on September 4, 1972 (#0011D), the other two being Any Number and Double Prices. Like Any Number, Bonus Game was won on its first playing.
- For the first three taped episodes, the windows that would read "NO" and "BONUS" were yellow; beginning on September 11, 1972 (#0021D, the sixth aired episode), they became blue, as the yellow made the words too hard to read. Recently, the windows were replaced with a TV monitor, which only shows "BONUS!" when it is time for the bonus to reveal, while the others remain the same.
- On June 17, 1974 (#0941D), the show's staff decided to retire Bonus Game, which was last played on June 13 (#0934D) and created Shell Game to replace it; after the newer game's debut, Bonus Game was not played on the daytime show for over a year, although it continued to appear on the nighttime show. For reasons unknown, it was returned to the active daytime rotation on July 24, 1975 (#1514D) and removed again on July 28 (#1521D), and was permanently back in the rotation on September 5 (#1575D), and has remained there ever since.
- On May 28, 1974 (#0912D), this game along with Any Number got their title names on the same day. When the game returned to the daytime rotation on September 5, 1975 (#1575D), the color scheme got an update to better mesh with the show's set. On November 5, 1981 (#4254D, aired out of order on November 19), the game took on its gold color scheme. On March 18, 2013 (#6271K, aired out of order on March 19), the navy blue windows were replaced by a large monitor divided into four gold windows with a tall star. The word "NO" gets dropped out but the word "BONUS!" appeared in animation. In a win, the background is green; in a loss, it is red and without the exclamation point.
- Due to Barker's fur ban, all the times that Bonus Game had been played from the first two weeks of shows have not been rerun since their first broadcast; despite this, an episode in which a fur coat was the bonus prize (November 16, 1972, #0114D) was mistakenly rerun on Game Show Network.
- A contestant named Paul Levine played Bonus Game perfectly not once but twice. He played it perfectly on the day it premiered and got invited back for a special 40th anniversary special on September 5, 2012 (#6023K, aired out of order on September 4) and played it perfectly again, the latter of which for a restored 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo worth $16,995.
- Bonus Game's most famous loss occurred on October 28, 2006, when a contestant Ashley played for a Chevrolet Malibu LS Sedan worth $18,195. By very bad luck, Ashley guessed all four small prizes wrong, which Bob claimed had not happened since around 1979. Ashley said in response in a sad voice "I'm the biggest loser!" to which Bob corrected her, saying that she wasn't the biggest loser, but certainly was in the top five.
- On May 17, 2017 (#7943K), like Shell Game, if the contestant won all the SPs, the contestant would have a free chance to win the other prize on top of everything else by trying to find the BONUS. (this prize, Mitsubishi Lancer - $19,405) In this playing, contestant Kristi Brinkerhoff won all four windows but picked the third window instead of window #1.
- On March 23, 2018, (#8265K), during a special week of shows entitled: "Youth Week," Bonus Game was played by for $15,000, and was won.
- The most number of times this game was played in any season was 91.
- It was the 2nd of 3 pricing games to premiere on the first show (September 4, 1972, #0011D). The other 2 were Any Number and Double Prices.
- With the exception of Season 40, Bonus Game has not been played more than 10 times a season since Season 17.
- On the Dennis James version, Bonus Game was played alongside Shell Game during the third season, although Bonus Game had been removed from rotation on the daytime show. Episodes featuring Bonus Game while Dennis James was hosting have not been rerun due to Barker's fur ban (the nighttime version's higher budget allowed fur coats to be offered regularly), although a monochrome promotional picture from some point after the name was added to the board (showing Dennis next to a playing in progress without a contestant visible in the shot) was shown during the A&E Biography TV Game Shows.
- In Australia, during the Ian Turpie era, when a contestant got all four decisions correct, he or she won the bonus prize as well as a chance to win $50 by finding the "bonus" window in one guess. A similar bonus format is used in Shell Game on the American version of Price.
The Rosie O'Donnell Show Edit
Bob Barker was a guest several times on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and his appearances almost always featured a pricing game from The Price is Right in which Rosie would play the game on behalf of an audience member (or played with the audience member as a team), with the audience member winning the prizes. The episode in which Bonus Game was played was featured in a 1999 episode. In it, the audience player admitted that she lived in the city and didn't have a patio, so she had no possible use for the bonus prize, a barbecue grill, and patio furniture. When she asked to trade the prize in, Bob remarked, "No; here we do it just the way we do it on The Price is Right. That's the prize; take it or leave it!"
Rosie and the audience player won 3 of the 4 smaller prizes on offer and won the bonus as well (the word "BONUS" was in the bottom window).
Premiere Playing (September 4, 1972, #0011D)Edit
First Playing with the "Bonus Game" Title Added (May 28, 1974, #0912D)Edit
Bonus Game for a Dynafoil Watercraft (June 2, 1976, #1963D)Edit
Bonus Game for a Mitsubishi Precis (April 23, 1990, #7641D)Edit
Last Bonus Game Loss with Bob Barker (October 18, 2006, #3723K)Edit
Final Playing with Bob Barker (May 16, 2007, #3993K)Edit
First Car Win in Bonus Game with Drew Carey (July 11, 2008, #4415K)Edit
Bonus Game for a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible (December 31, 2009, #4974K)Edit
Bonus Game for a 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (October 31, 2011, #5691K)Edit
Bonus Game for a 1965 Ford Mustang (December 30, 2011, #5775K)Edit
Bonus Game for a 1966 Ford Mustang GT (February 24, 2012, #5855K)Edit
Bonus Game for a 1972 Monte Carlo (September 5, 2012, #6023K, aired out of order on September 4)Edit
Lisa's Bonus Game Wipeout (January 26, 2016, #7382K, aired out of order on January 19)Edit
Bonus Game for a California Road Trip with a Special Twist (May 17, 2017, #7943K)Edit
From October 5, 2017 (#8034K)Edit
Bonus Game for $15,000 (March 23, 2018, #8265K)Edit
Bonus Game for $10,000 (October 12, 2018, #8445K)Edit
Bonus Game Wipeout from 2006 (October 18, 2006, #3723K)
Bonus Game Wipeout from 2011 (October 31, 2011, #5691K)
Bonus Game from the 40th Anniversary Special (September 5, 2012, #6023K, aired out of order September 4)
Bonus Game's New Look (March 18, 2013, #6271K, aired out of order March 19)
Painful Bonus Game Loss from Season 42 (March 18, 2014, #6662K, aired out of order on June 23, originally rescheduled for June 26)
Painful Bonus Game Loss from Season 43 (November 4, 2014, #6872K)
Bonus Game Wipeout from 2016 (January 26, 2016, #7382K, aired out of order on January 19)
1999: Playing the game on The Rosie O'Donnell Show