Even a normal day of working with Excel can be lots of fun (or not!), but today we’ll see a couple of different ways to enjoy fun and games with Excel. Or, at least, fun that mentions Excel!
Microsoft The Musical
Some of the interns at Microsoft this summer wrote and led the production of this “Microsoft The Musical” project. Full-time employees got involved too, but I don’t know if anyone from the Excel team participated.
However, Excel does get a mention, and someone is wearing an Excel t-shirt, in one of the scenes!
So which Microsoft-themed music video gets you up and dancing – this one, or that old favourite – Pivot Tables Make Everything Just Right? You can probably guess which one I’d choose, but I won’t try to influence your vote.
Civilization Game in Excel
On YouTube, s0lly posted a trailer for a game that he created in Excel. It’s based on the old game, Civilization, and this version is called [Cell]ivization.
Wouldn’t you love to have a catapult or two in some of your workbooks?
Take a look at some of s0lly’s other Excel videos too, on his YouTube channel.
S0lly says that the game is “very light on features (basically just build units and attack the opposition)”, but plans to add more features, if people are interested.
More Games Made in Excel
If you’re looking for more fun and games with Excel, check out these links:
- First, see the games that Andy Pope has on his website. There’s a Suduko game, Mastermind, and several others.
- Andrew Engwirda has several Excel games on his site too, including Battleship and a Word Search puzzle.
- There are several Excel games listed in this Excel Wiki on Reddit, including Tetris, Scrabble and CellSweeper.
- I wrote about Excel fun and games, way back in 2010, and there’s link to Ken Puls’ Blackjack game
- Or, use Excel to print out some bingo cards, and have some low-tech fun! There’s also a Bingo version with pictures, instead of words, for younger players.
Fun and Games with Excel