How to Make a Grid Game in PowerPoint

Have you ever wondered how I made the games Pirates of the Classroom or Cave Raiders? Or, maybe you have an awesome idea for a grid game yourself, but have no idea how to make it. Well, this is the post for you! To check out the tutorial, you can view the video for an in-depth visual explanation or read the steps laid out below for a basic overview.


Instructions


1. DECIDE ON THE SIZE OF YOUR GRID

My go-to is a 6x5 grid on a 16:9 slide, but you can choose any size you want. If you need help deciding, you can insert a temporary table to play around with different sizes and measurements.



2. ADD YOUR FIRST GRID BUTTON

This can be any image of your choosing. Add it to your slide.



3. ADD AN EXIT ANIMATION TO YOUR BUTTON

Go to the Animations tab and apply an exit animation to the image you just inserted. This is the animation that will play after returning from a rewards slide to show that button has already been selected. After applying the animation, go to its “Timing” menu and change its trigger to be the image itself (meaning when you click on the image the exit animation will play and the image will disappear).



4. DUPLICATE THE BUTTON

Fill your grid with as many buttons as you need by duplicating the button you just completed. The exit animations will duplicate as well and the triggers will adjust to each new button on their own, so there’s no additional work for you to do!



5. FINISH DESIGNING THE MAIN SLIDE

Add text boxes, additional images, etc. as you see fit.



6. MAKE YOUR REWARD SLIDES

Make a new slide for each button you have on your main slide. Then, decide what rewards and punishments you will have in your game as well as how many of each to fill all those new slides. Also, make sure to add a button on each of those reward slides that hyperlinks back to your main slide (I usually put it in the bottom, right-hand corner). For details on how to hyperlink, see the next step.



7. HYPERLINK THE BUTTONS & REWARD SLIDES

Decide which reward slide a button will link to, then apply a hyperlink. Do this for each button you have on your main slide. You can hyperlink one of three ways:

  1. Select a button → Go to the “Insert” tab → Click “Link” → Select a slide under the “This Document” tab

  2. Select a button → Press “Ctrl + K” (Windows) or “Command + K” (Mac) on your keyboard → Select a slide under the “This Document” tab

  3. Right click on a button → Click “Hyperlink” on the menu → Select a slide under the “This Document” tab



8. FINISH YOUR GAME

Add a title slide, instructions, slide transitions, sound effects, animations, etc.



Yay! You made your first grid game!

If you have any questions feel free to comment below :)