A lot of engaging interactive applications can be created in PowerPoint to gamify your e-Learning experience. Playing Jeopardy is always a lot of fun. Moreover, every time you see those tiles with categories and different numbers, you can’t stop thinking of all the nostalgic moments in your life when you saw it on TV and were always guessing with the players, “What’s the correct answer? Am I right or wrong?” It puts you in the player’s shoes, even if you aren’t a guest on the show.
Now, with modern technology, you can create this game by yourself in about 10-20 minutes from scratch and play it with your friends! In this article you will find out how to make a Jeopardy game in PowerPoint. Create your own clues with pictures, audio and video.
Also, you will understand how it is made from the inside with detailed step-by-step instructions. As a bonus, you will get a free Jeopardy template to play with.
To make a Jeopardy game, we will use the following features of PowerPoint:
- A table to create the game board (or a grid) that shows categories and score (or a cash value).
- Hyperlinks to link each selection on the grid to the respective clue slide.
- Slide Master view to create unified slides for clues and answers with a consistent design.
To publish the game in web format and share it online, use:
- PowerPoint to HTML5 converter to open your game in a web browser on any device.
- Cloud service to share it online via a link or embed your game into your blog or website (like in this post).
We’ll use a PowerPoint table to create the Jeopardy game board. Then we will add hyperlinks to each cell (e.g., SCIENCE for $400) that will link to the respective clue slide in the presentation. After giving an answer, the player will see the correct answer and then will be brought back to the game board.
Stage 1: Create a Game Board
- Create a new PowerPoint presentation and name the first slide.
- Apply a theme to your presentation on the Design tab.
- Add a new slide and add a table by going to the Insert tab > Table.
- Create a table with 5 columns and 5 rows.
- Resize the table to match your slide and fill in the cells as shown in the picture below.
- Recolor your game board to get a more authentic look. You will find the paint bucket instrument called Shading in the Table Tools > Design tab.
After you complete all other steps, the game board will look like this, where each cell is a hyperlink to the respective clue:
Understanding Slide Layouts
Every PowerPoint slide has a Layout, such as Title Slide and Title and Content. You can select the specific layout when you right click on the slide’s thumbnail.
You can edit and create new slide layouts in the Slide Master tool.
The layout-based approach and use of the Slide Master view is particularly important in the Jeopardy game, which has a lot of similar slides of two types:
- Clue slide. Contains a clue text and an “Answer” button to check the correct answer.
- Correct Answer slide. Contains the answer to the respective clue and a “Home” button to go back to the game board.
Changing the master slide’s content will automatically apply changes to every slide of that type in the presentation. For example, you can change the background, text placement, size or font in Slide Master, then go back to the Normal view, and you will see that everything was changed.
Stage 2: Create Clue and Correct Answer Layouts
The layouts shown above are already included in the PowerPoint theme for the Jeopardy game. To see how they are made, follow these steps:
- Enter Slide Master on the View tab.
- Insert a new Layout.
- Rename it to “Clue.”
- Add a button to the slide. Go to the Insert tab and click Shapes > Action Buttons. Select a custom one and draw it on the slide.
- In the Action Settings window, set Hyperlink to: Next Slide.
- Right-click, select Edit Text, and add the caption “Answer” to the button.
- Similar to the clue slide, create a correct answer slide. Right-click on the left pane in the Slide Master view and select Insert Layout. Name it “Correct Answer”.
- Add a “Home” action button and point its hyperlink to Slide 2, which is the game board.
- Exit from the Slide Master view by clicking the button Close Master View on the top ribbon or select the Normal view in the View tab.
Stage 3: Add All Slides and Link Them to the Grid
We already have the title slide and the game board slide. Also we have the layouts for the Clue / Correct Answer pair.
- Add the third slide. Set Layout > Clue.
- Add the fourth slide. Set Layout > Correct Answer. It will look like this:
- You have the clue-answer pair now. Duplicate the 3rd and 4th slides as many times as there are active cells in the grid. In this example there are 20 clues, so the total number of slides will be 42, including the first two.
Note: We suggest that you fill in the draft text for clues (e.g., Category 1 Question for $200). This way, it will be easier for you to find and link.
Link the grid cells to the respective slides throughout the entire presentation.
- Select the text in a cell, right-click, then select Hyperlink (or use the Ctrl+K shortcut).
- On the left pane, select Place in This Document and then select the respective slide (e.g., Category 1 Question for $200). Click Ok to insert the hyperlink.
Select all the slides except for the first one and uncheck the checkbox On Mouse Click on the Transitions tab. This will establish fluid hyperlink/button navigation in your game, ignoring slide changes by mouse clicks.
Stage 4: Enhance your game
You can enhance your game with audio and video, plus PowerPoint animations and slide transitions. You are free to add any effects you like to provide a more engaging gaming experience.
Add pictures to your clues
Simply drag and drop any picture to the presentation, including PNGs with transparent background from your local disk. Otherwise, use the old way Insert > Pictures (or Online Pictures) to add an image that helps to describe the clue (or helps to confuse contestants).
You can apply Effects like a shadow or wet floor from Picture Tools > Format. Add an animation if you like.
The correct answer is: Ribonucleic acid
Add music and make it autoplay
Drag and drop the audio file on the slide or go to Insert > Audio:
Go to Audio Tools > Playback and set Start: Automatically.
It’s recommended that you trim audio files to 15 seconds or so.
By the way, Musopen.org is a great online resource with music that can be downloaded and used legally and for free.
The correct answer is: Minor
Add video questions
Drag and drop the video on your clue slide or go Insert > Video.
Make it autoplay similarly to the audio by going to Video Tools > Playback. Then set Start: Automatically.
Closed captioning may also help to make this question available to everybody. Just add a textbox with the CC text and place it underneath the video. The Appearance animation with a 9-second delay was used on this video question, so it doesn’t reveal the essence of the question before the words “exposed to these invisible rays” are said in the video.
The correct answer is: Ultraviolet rays
Here are some other ideas on how to improve your game:
- Add transition effects for clue slides (Fade or Zoom) using Slide Master. Also, add the Flip transition to the correct answer slide so it will look like you are flipping a flashcard.
- Add triggered animations to hide visited cells on the gameboard (you can see it in the .pptx sample file below. It doesn’t appear in the HTML5 web presentation though).
- Add audio triggers (action buttons) on the clue slides. For example, applause or boo sounds. You can activate any of these sounds during gameplay to make it more fun.
- Add a 2nd round and a final Jeopardy by adding a link on the game board slide which will lead to another part (you can insert the template again in the same presentation).
Test your Game
Make sure that every link and other aspect is working properly. Start your slideshow by clicking F5 (Slide Show > Start Slide Show) and play around with it. Check your hyperlinks in the grid and make sure that they lead to correct clues. Compare your game with the file below.
Publish for the Web
With iSpring Suite, you can publish your original PowerPoint Jeopardy game in one click and put it on the Web like in this post.
Don’t forget to test the functionality of your game after you publish it to a web format.
Play your game
Now comes the fun part! After you have created your own game and posted it on the Web, it’s time to invite friends and play! You will need two or more players for the game, plus a piece of paper and pencil to write down the players’ score. Run the game and be the host. In the original TV version of this game, contestants can buzz in to give an answer. Because we are not in a studio, contestants can just clap to buzz in.
The rules are quite simple:
- The first player chooses the category and the points/complexity
(e.g., Presidents of the United States for 30 points.)
- The host clicks on the respective cell on the game board and reads the clue aloud
(e.g., The Teddy Bear was invented in honor of this president after he refused to shoot a bear that was tied to a tree on a hunting trip.)
- After the host finishes reading the clue, any contestant can buzz in to give an answer
(e.g., Who is Theodore Roosevelt?)
- If the answer was correct, the player gains the points for this clue and can select the next one.
- If the answer was incorrect, the player gets a penalty, and the other contestants can buzz in.
- After all the clues on the game board have been selected, the player with the highest score wins.
To learn more about the official Jeopardy rules, refer to the official article on Wikipedia:
You can play Jeopardy anywhere, from a kindergarten classroom to an office, or to introduce a little fun into a boring meeting or corporate presentation to lighten the mood. This game is not just about knowledge and swiftness, but also about breaking the ice and creating a bond.
If you have troubles creating your own questions, refer to the fan-created archive of all Jeopardy games played: