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6 Iconic Games Recreated in Microsoft Excel

Gavin Phillips 11-12-2015

Excel is a savior in many ways. Formulas, functions 15 Excel Formulas That Will Help You Solve Real Life Problems Excel isn't only for business. Here are several Microsoft Excel formulas that will help you solve complex daily problems. Read More , workbooks, and business intelligence are only some of its data processing powers. But what about those times where it is all too much, when you just want to relax, if even for a moment? Well, Excel still has you covered Power Up Excel with 10 Add-Ins to Process, Analyze & Visualize Data Like a Pro Vanilla Excel is amazing, but you can make it even more powerful with add-ins. Whatever data you need to process, chances are someone created an Excel app for it. Here's a selection. Read More , genius software that it is.


We’re going to take a quick look at six games you can play without ever leaving the safe confines of Excel, meaning you can play when you work, and work when you play. Your boss may not thank us for this one!

1. 2048

Unless you were under a rock throughout the past year, you’ve likely encountered fiendishly addictive puzzle-game 2048. The single player puzzler built on previous iterations such as Threes, and 1024, was coded in one weekend by 19 year old Gabriele Cirulli. Unwilling to make money from “something he didn’t invent,” Cirulli uploaded free versions of 2048 for both iOS and Android.

2048 Microsoft Excel Game

You can now play 2048 in Excel, but utilizing the full spectrum of Excel tools to improve your game. This means you can track your moves to better plan your next game, as well as the option to save your progress at any moment for resumption when the boss has left the building.

Quite fantastically, Redditor Krzychu81 developed an ultra-stealth version with “highly advanced cloaking mechanisms to camouflage itself as financial statements.”


Scared of Being Caught 2048 Microsoft Excel

Download the original version here, or the highly advanced stealth version here. Please note the final link is a direct download for an .xls file.

2. Monopoly

One of the world’s best loved property management board games comes to Excel. It took developer Andrew Werner around 14 hours to create a Monopoly simulation for Excel, using programming language VBA (Visual Basic for Applications How to See All Your PC Information Using a Simple Excel VBA Script Excel and 10 minutes of work will give you more detailed information about your computer than you ever thought possible. Sounds too good to be true? That's Windows, if you know how to use it. Read More ). True to form, the Monopoly simulator is capable of handling up to four players, with options for human or computer input.

Monopoly Microsoft Excel Game


To download Monopoly, click here.


One should never underestimate the supreme power of the spreadsheet. XCOM comes to Excel in this top down rendition of the massively popular turn-based game.

EXLCOM is the result of Reddit user crruzi’s attempt to learn Visual Basic for work Excel Quick Tips: How to Flip Cells & Switch Rows or Columns Use these strategies in Microsoft Excel to quickly flip rows, turn columns into rows, flip rows, and save a lot of wasted time! Read More , and their efforts have retained some of the most iconic parts of XCOM gameplay 3 Early Access Games That Were Actually Released (And Successful!) It's easy to see why Early Access has bad reputation. Still, some good has come from it and there are several examples that show how Early Access can create a success story. Read More , such as destructible walls. The game also includes a level editor, and though it is still in very early development, the XCOM port represents a quite amazing transportation.

EXLCOM Microsoft Excel XCOM Game


The current version of EXLCOM works with a number of versions of Excel, but I cannot find a complete list as yet. You also need to update the VBA code to enable 64-bit compatibility Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Windows 10 is coming, possibly as soon as July. Are you eager to upgrade and will your system be eligible? In short, if your computer runs Windows 8, it should also run Windows 10. But... Read More . Creator crruzi posted this fix to the original Reddit thread:

“If you open VBA, and go to the first module (named FightBackgroundFunctions), could you replace the first line, which should be

Public Declare Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" (ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long)


#If VBA7 And Win64 Then
Public Declare PtrSafe Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" ( _
ByVal dwMilliseconds As LongLong)
Public Declare Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" ( _
ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long)
#End If

It should create the right command depending on your system.”

This should sort it all out for you. If not, the linked thread contains a number of other bug fixes for you to pore over.

4. Candy Number Crunch Saga

Take control of the stock market, specifically influencing the market price of Candy Crush Saga developer, This satirical take on the series “takes place in the not too distant future, where (KING) has had a successful IPO,” placing the burden of boosting their stock market dreams into the stratosphere.

Candy Crush Number Saga Microsoft Excel


Candy Number Crunch Saga features over 35 news events directly affecting your stock price, includes a real-time stock ticker, and was the excellent result of around four day’s work by Canadian accountant Cary Walkin. Candy Number Crunchy Saga runs on PC Excel versions 2007, 2010, and 2013, and you can grab the download from here.

5. Champ Manager for MS-Excel

One of the world’s most addictive gaming franchises makes the jump into Excel. It makes sense really, as earlier versions of Championship Manager were essentially just spreadsheet interfaces (in fact, has much changed, bar tactics depth and what-not?), and this rendition of Champ Manager is just as one-click-more inducing as its peers Football Manager 2014: A Worthy Addition To The Long-Running Series Football Manager 2014 is out now – but what does this latest addition to the long-running soccer management simulation and statistics game bring to the table? Is silverware within reach if you upgrade? Read More .

Champ Manager for Excel

You can play in the top four English leagues, the FA Cup, the League Cup, and the Champions League, as well as making transfers from the 3,000 player database. Suspensions and injuries seem to come quite easily, but it is also easy to bulk out a squad with youth players to mitigate.

You can download Champ Manager for MS-Excel via this thread, which also contains some bug fixes released by the author.

6. CellSweeper

CellSweeper is a dungeon crawling RPG-come-roguelike, based upon Minesweeper 5 Legendary Windows Tools Replaced by New Features Windows includes lots of tools that you use every day, but some have lasted longer than others. Here are parts of Windows that don't exist anymore. Read More , built in Excel. It features six character classes, quick gameplay, and a seemingly reversed difficulty curve. Nonetheless, CellSweeper is more engaging than it appears, and I’m sure you’ll sink more time into it than you realize.

CellSweeper Microsoft Excel

You can download CellSweeper here, or head to thewrongtools for more original Excel games from the same developer.

Bonus: Fraqcel

This isn’t entirely a game; more a psychedelic exploratory experience Create Your Own Artificial Fever Dreams with Google's "DeepDream" Have you seen the trippy images coming out of DeepDream? Want to make your own? Look no further! Read More , or at least an attempt at one. Fracqel generates a sprawling fractal design for you to explore within Excel, allowing you to zoom in many hundreds of times to explore the depths of geometry. It features four fractal types, export functions for images, deep zooming capabilities, and customizable color palettes.

Fraqcel Microsoft Excel Fractal Generator

You can download Fraqcel right here.

Excel Games Roundup

There are thousands more outstanding Excel games. The games I’ve focused on here use a combination of VBA and handcrafted macros to deliver the fun, but Excel can also play host to a massive number of flash games How to Download Flash Games to Play Offline Adobe will no longer support Flash after 2020. Here's how to download Flash games to play offline. Read More . Be warned: the flash games are much harder to hide from other people!

If anything, these games show the amazing versatility of Excel and, if you’re caught playing while at work, you can at least point to your ever expanding knowledge of the inner-workings of Excel. If you want to find more Excel games, check out this mega-list. Happy Excelling!

What are your favorite Excel games? Do they make it easier to stealthily game in the workplace?

Related topics: Board Game, Educational Games, Microsoft Excel, Puzzle Games, Role-Playing Games.

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