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Accountant creates interactive Excel game

A Canadian accountant and video games enthusiast has found a novel way of using Excel for something other than number-crunching.

Chartered accountant and MBA candidate at the Shulich school of business in Toronto Cary Walkin has created a basic video game using nothing but Excel sheets.

The game, Arena.XIsm is a fantasy game based on you, the hero represented by a smiley face, fighting various monsters in order to level up and survive.

Equipped with basic weapons such as a sword and bow-and-arrow, the player can pick up weapons and items along the way to help with each arena round.

Arena is based on a series of letters, each of which...


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nogammonsinanundoubledgame's picture

Riddled with ....

nogammonsinanun... | | Permalink

... runtime errors

Nice idea, though.

With kind regards

Clint Westwood.

Rachael_Power's picture

I think the developer is in

Rachael_Power | | Permalink

I think the developer is in the process of trying to smooth out the bugs, but then again no game is perfect on its first go!

Henry Osadzinski's picture

Time for an Easter egg hunt    2 thanks

Henry Osadzinski | | Permalink

Reminds me of the old Excel 97 Easter egg that launched a (very basic!) flight simulator. Anyone with an ancient copy can get to it this way:

  1. Open a blank worksheet and press F5.
  2. Enter "r97c12:r97c24" in the "Go To" box and hit Enter.
  3. Press TAB.
  4. Hold down Ctrl + Shift
  5. Click the chart wizard icon.
  6. Hold on to your hats!

Now to find an old copy of Excel...

Sounds like a good way to    1 thanks

Yoyo29 | | Permalink

Sounds like a good way to distract from work stress.

@ Henry, I'm still using Excel 97 on my home computer and tried the Easter Egg. Unfortunately it didn't work. But a quick Google search led me this site with different Easter Egg instructions for Excel 97 (as per your steps but enter X97:L97 at Step 2).

The site also has steps for Excel 2000 Easter egg.

It is indeed great to have a different kind of fun will Excel. :)



John Stokdyk's picture

Ah... fond memories

John Stokdyk | | Permalink

For some reason I still haven't fathomed, Easter is my favourite holiday of the year. And the same seems to apply to programmers, who celebrate the occasion with their software goodies.

I'd have to dig up an old, spare PC to see if I still have a copy of Excel 97, but for the 21st century there is a cloud alternative.

I still remember fondly the many hours I whiled away during Easter weekend 2010 on the Google Earth flight sim, which you can get to by clicking Ctrl+Alt+A (you'll need to download and install Google Earth app first).


nogammonsinanundoubledgame's picture

For those who want to plan ahead

nogammonsinanun... | | Permalink

There is a spreadsheet here which will tell you when future Easter Sundays fall

Anyone up for doing one for Ramadan? Now there's a challenge.

With kind regards

Clint Westwood


Totally distracted

kathyray | | Permalink

Wish I hadn't read this. Wish even more that I hadn't downloaded it. Got to level 3 so far but really must get back to work....