Whether it's trying to find some relaxation while appearing to work or aiding in educating students, Microsoft Excel games are useful tools. While most games are rooted in familiar media, it may take a little digging to find the right game. Many Excel games are built using Flash technology or VBA language.
Flash Excel Games
To play Flash Excel games, your computer must be compatible with Adobe Flash. You will most likely have to download a plug-in to use them. Gamesexcel.com offers Flash games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario World, Asteroids, and Pac Man as downloadable files.
VBA Excel Games
The VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) language in Excel is used to make applications that eliminate repetitive tasks or to make automatic calculations in Excel spreadsheets. Programmers can use this language to develop games as well. Excelgames.org has many VBA games available for download that are created by readers for the public. Among these games is the popular retro game Frogger, where the reader has left the VBA code unlocked so others can learn more from the game.
Educational Excel Games
For teachers, games can be educational aids. Jeff Ertzberger of the University of North Carolina Wilmington uses his website to give teachers access to Excel games like Bingo. To access all of the games he has available however, you must purchase a copy of his book "Everybody Wins: A teacher's guide to customising games for any curriculum" on Lulu.com for £19.40.
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