I Made a Game in PowerPoint!

I know that this is random, but I just wanted to say that Microsoft PowerPoint is super cool. This is obviously not sponsored or anything, so why I am saying this? Well, to put it simply, I'm just impressed! As someone who has suffered tolerated using Google Slides for many years, it's refreshing how clean and powerful PowerPoint for Mac is. In fact, I like it so much that I decided to make a game with it!

The A-maze-ing Game

The premise of this game is pretty simple. Move your mouse cursor to avoid walls and traps as you navigate through a maze! There are a total of five total "stages," and hitting a wall will force you to restart the entire game. Tough, I know, but that's the way PowerPoint games should be if you ask me!

How did I make it? In short, I simply assigned slide navigation actions to several shapes I inserted. Since these can be triggered by mouse hover events, they can behave like deadly walls. Yes, deadly walls are a real thing, trust me. Anyway, to make things more interesting, I also created some traps. Now, one way to make these could have been writing some Visual Basic code, but to save me from that misery, I just made use of animations instead. That way, I could have moving deadly walls, or traps, if you will.

The end result is The A-maze-ing Game, which I consider to be proof that PowerPoint is incredibly powerful if you push it to its limits. As you would probably expect, this is not a game you'll play for hours upon hours, but it is one that can be both awarding and frustrating. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and I hope you like it, too. You can download it here if you are interested.




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