We all know that Microsoft Excel is used for data gathering, analysis and making few financial decisions.
But did you guys know that we can even play some cool games on it?
This article will be specially helpful to people working in IT companies like me or to any others who want to relax a bit after long hours of work.
Thanks to the Excel spreadsheets, you can now play your favorite games without installing any software on your computer.
To play these games all you need is to have is just Microsoft Office Excel installed on your computer.
Any version of Excel will do as these games are compatible with all of them.
How to Play?
All you need to do is just download and that’s it . You are done!
Not to forget that you should have flash player installed on your computer.
The files are in .rar format, you will have to extract the file using Winrar and then open the Excel file to play.
The games are embedded flash files so you will need to enable Macros..
If you find difficulty in enabling macros, just check your Microsoft Office version i.e whether it is 2003, 2007 or 2010.
Check at the end of this article to know how to enable macros for all these versions.
Here is the big list of games..
1>> Angry Birds
The worlds most popular game for iOS and Android is now available in Excel, enjoy throwing birds at pigs.
It is an adaptation of the original game developed by Rovio, where some evil pigs have kidnapped the eggs of the nesting birds, a group of birds will go to the rescue.
Now you will not need an iPhone, iPad or Android phone to play this popular game, just enjoy it on Excel.
We can never forget our old friend Mario.
He races through the Mushroom Kingdom, survives the main antagonist Bowser′s forces and ultimately saves the princess.
For over 20 years, Super Mario Bros. was the best-selling video game of all time and has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. And now we have it on the Excel.
If you were fascinated by this game in your school days, I feel you will have many beautiful memories to recall while you play it again.
3>> Fruit Slasher
This is an alternative of the famous mobile game Fruit Ninja available for both iOS and Android.
With the same theme and gameplay of Fruit Ninja, to win the Fruit Slasher you must show some quick reflexes and skills so as to cut the fruits that it appear on the screen.
You will have to press and hold the left mouse button and then slice the fruit when it appears on the screen.
You are not supposed to miss a fruit as you will lose lives and after 5 misses, the game is over.
Sonic the Hedgehog, remember him?
Here you will need to make progress through various stages of the game and defeat Dr. Robotnik (villain).
The gameplay centers around Sonic’s ability to run at high-speed through levels that include springs, slopes, high falls and loop-de-loops.
The levels are populated with hazards in the form of animals trapped inside mechanical bodies.
Sonic’s main means of attack is the spin attack, where Sonic curls into a ball to destroy enemies and other obstacles in his way.
I was a great fan of Sonic in my school days. Even if you were, then you should definitely try this game.
5>> Angry Birds Rio
Angry Birds Rio was made after the huge success of Angry Birds.
While utilizing the same basic gameplay as the original game, Angry Birds Rio added a number of new elements.
The players use a slingshot to launch birds at nearby structures, with the intent of hitting targets located on or within them.
Instead of evil pigs that have stolen eggs, players must now rescue caged exotic birds or defeat evil marmosets, depending on the level being played.
6>> Mortal Kombat
Being one of the classic fighting games of the 90´s, Mortal Kombat had created a revolution in the field of gaming.
Today the Mortal Kombat saga is still alive, after several movies, games and animated series.
All you need to do is select the warrior that you like from 5 different characters that are available and win over the opponent with various moves of your fighter.
Play this is deadly combat tournament to have some fun.
If you are you a soccer fan, then this game is just for you.
If you are a working professional, you will hardly find any time to play soccer outdoor.
If you are missing the game, you can play it on Excel at your office.
It is one of the mid-90′s first-person shooter game by id Software.
Doom is the first game to popularize the first-person shooter genre.
With pioneering immersive 3D graphics, networked multiplayer gaming, and support for customized additions and modifications via packaged files, it was a trend-setter.
The game was a lot controversial because of its graphics and interactive violence, as well as its Satanic imagery.
In Doom, players assume the role of a space marine who must fight demons, zombies and other creatures from hell.
The player must pick up the weapons available in different levels and eliminate the enemies that come his way.
9>> Prince Of Persia
A famous game of 90′s where the prince hailing from Persia has to protect the princess.
In order to rescue the princess, the young prince must cover all levels and finally deal with the evil Jaffar.
This is a nice time-pass when you feel bored at the office.
Most of us would have played this popular board-game.
The Excel version of the games is same as the board-game.
Buy streets, properties, build houses and hotels, so that our contrary fall into some of our properties and he will have to pay us the rent.
Build and become rich.
In sudoku you will have to complete a grid of 9×9 cells, which in turn is divided into 3×3 subgrids.
You must fill all the boxes without repeating any number in the same row, column or subgrid.
Sudoku is a game of patience, memory and logic played by millions of people around the world.
12>> Dragon Ball
Fight with your favorite characters of the Dragon Ball Z series.
Here you can choose from 3 different modes.
The first is the story mode where you face opponents in accordance with the original story of the Dragon Ball Z series.
The second is the combat mode where you fight another friend with the characters of the series.
The last is the Budokai Tenkaishi(tournament mode) mode where you fight your opponents to win the champion belt.
13>> King Of Fighters
Abbreviated as KOF, King of Fighters is a series of fighting games.
Being one of the best historical fighting games, it was a rage with youngsters.
Here you will have to choose a fighter and take on several opponents to become the King of Fighters.
In this Excel game, there are two modes namely story mode or in two player mode.
Before you start playing, train yourself with your fighter in order to know all the special techniques.
This Excel game of Batman is based on the famous Television series.
Maintaining its originality, this game is pure pleasure if you believe in super-heroes.
Towns of Gotham is in danger, Batman must go through the different stages of the game, fighting the evil and destroying them in-order to save the town.
15>> Bubble Bobble
The game has twin Bubble Dragons Bub and Bob in it.
Here, the players travel through hundred different stages, blowing and bursting bubbles, avoiding enemies and collecting a variety of items.
The main goal of the game is to rescue Bub and Bob’s girlfriends from monsters.
16>> Car Park
Now test your driving skills in this new Excel game.
You must park the cars in the parking space indicated.
You must avoid all the obstacles like stones, pedestrians etc.. while you follow the traffic signs. Are you a good driver?
17>> Ghost’N Goblins
Is a game where the knight Arthur has to eliminate all the zombies , evils , witches and other creatures of the under-world.
He does this to rescue our princess from the hands of the evil demon.
Arthur has frames and weapons like spears, axes and daggers to save the princess.
18>> Snow Bros
Snow Bros is a platform game released in the 90′s.
Help the twin brothers to eliminate all the enemies on each level.
The brothers have the ability to throw snowballs, which transforms enemies into a giant ball of snow.
19>> Tetris Gameboy
It is a tile-matching puzzle game.
A random sequence of Tetris fall down the playing field.
The objective of the game is to manipulate these Tetris, by moving each one sideways and rotating it by 90 degree units, with the aim of creating a horizontal line of ten blocks without gaps.
When such a line is created, it disappears, and any block above the deleted line will fall.
20>> GMEX Copters
GMEX Copters is a typical flying game which you should definitely download if you like flying.
Here you have to guide the helicopter trough a cave, where there are several obstacles.
The mission is to avoid crash against anything and move on while keeping an eye on the fuel.
Enabling Macros on different versions of Microsoft Excel
Go to Tools > Options.
Go to Security Tab.
Click on “Macro Security…”
Select “Medium: You can choose…” and click OK.
Close your Excel and re-launch your Excel application.
If you did it correctly, you will be prompt to choose whether to enable the macro or not. Click Enable Macros.
Click on the Office button on the top left corner of the application. Then click on the Excel Options (You can find this near Exit Excel at the bottom).
Click Trust Center, click Trust Center Settings, and then click Macro Settings. There Enable Macros.
If the Developer tab is not available, click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Excel Options. Click Popular, and then select the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon check box.
When you open the Excel game file, the yellow Message Bar appears with a shield icon and the Enable Content button.
On the Message Bar, click Enable Content. And you can start playing.
You all knew the other face of Excel. Not many of you would have liked it.
But by playing games on it, you would definitely increase your love towards Excel.
“All work and no play makes jack a dull boy”. Don’t always work, do play and relax at times.
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