Upon its conception almost 40 years ago, it’d have been difficult for anyone to imagine that Excel could become a tool for not only increased efficiency, but amusement. However, thanks to its grid structure, formula capabilities, and compatibility with VBA programming, there are several games that one can build within an Excel spreadsheet to varying levels of difficulty.
Tic-Tac-Toe is among the easiest games that can be created in Excel, as users will only have to program VBA to check the results upon completion of a game. On a more intermediate level, users can create games such as Snake, trivia and quiz games, and card games such as Blackjack. For the advanced user, it’s even possible to create text-based RPG games in Excel, with a tree of choices affecting outcomes at every turn. While Excel is not a game development platform by any stretch, the parameters of the program can allow for some creative and entertaining possibilities in the right hands.