How to Make Excel Games

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Although Microsoft Excel is primarily used for business applications, it can also be used to make games. All you need to make games like Sudoku and bingo is Excel and some creativity.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Microsoft Excel 2007
  • Printer
  • Tape
  • Cardboard or heavy tag board
  • Glue
  • Download the Excel Sudoku game template from Vertex 42 (see Resources). The template will automatically open up in Excel after it is downloaded. Create your own Sudoku game by filling in some of the fields with numbers. Print the game. You can also use Excel to make the solutions for your Sudoku games.

  • To make a bingo game, download the game board and instructions from the Watson School of Education's website (see Resources). Input your bingo words and numbers into the template. Hit the "Shuffle" button. Print the bingo boards.

  • To make your own board game, visit the Microsoft Home Magazine website and download the Excel board game templates (see Resources). Customize the game by inserting clip art and photos into the spaces. Use heavy pieces of tag board to make your own game pieces. You can also use Excel to make rules.

  • When you're finished creating your Excel board game, print the board game and tape the pieces together. Glue the pieces onto a large piece of cardboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Play pre-existing Excel games like blackjack and Minesweeper at the Excel Games website (see Resources).

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