How to Create a Jeopardy Game in Google Slides

How to Create a Jeopardy Game in Google Slides | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

Jeopardy is an American television game show in which contestants have some clues or answers, and they need to give their responses in the form of questions—and, of course, they can get some money! We’re sure you have watched this show several times. 

Jeopardy games are pretty useful! They are great to have fun with your friends or to play with your students to review some concepts related to different subjects, such as Medicine, English, Maths or sciences. In this tutorial, we are going to teach you how to create a Jeopardy board from scratch. Let’s get the party started! 

Creating the game board

We have structured our game as follows: first, we have a game board. Then, we have a cover slide per subject and 4 slides with the clues, followed by the 4 “question” slides. For our tutorial, we are going to build the “English” block. 

The first step to design our Jeopardy game is creating a slide with a matrix. In this matrix, you need to add two different types of information: categories and score.  

  • To create the matrix, there are two possible ways. You can insert a table or you can add some squares. Let’s see how to create a table and then we’ll teach you how to create the matrix using shapes so you can choose the one that works for you.
  • The dimensions of the matrix can change. For our example, they are as follows: 5x4 cells. This means that, for our game, we are going to include four subjects and four questions per subject. Click on Insert in the toolbar. Then, select Table and establish the dimensions.
Adding a table 
  • Now it’s time to learn how to create a matrix using shapes. Go to Insert in the toolbar. This time, go to Shapes and add the Rounded Rectangle. For the first row, the rectangles will be bigger than the ones in the other rows, as they correspond with the subjects.
  • Instead of adding endless rounded rectangles, you can copy and paste the ones that you have already included. Simply click on a rectangle and drag while pressing Ctrl or Cmd in Mac.
  • Click on any rectangle and then use the option Fill Color to change its hue as needed. Remember to use the colors of the theme!
  • If you want to add some sort of shadow or any other effect, go to Format Options in the toolbar or to ...→ Format options, depending on your screen resolution. Select Drop shadow and change its Transparency, Angle, Distance and Blur radius.
Adding rectangles 
  • Now we need to add some text to the shapes! Double click on every rectangle and begin typing. The first row contains the names of the subject, whereas the rest of the rectangles contain the scores. Then, select the text and change its font and font size using the tools in the toolbar.
Adding the names of the subjects and the scores

Creating the subject slide

  • To create the subject slide, let’s begin by adding a title and a subtitle. To do so, click on Insert in the toolbar. Then, choose Text box. Click and drag to create the box. Repeat this a couple of times. Type and, when you finish, select the text and change the Font, Font size and features in the toolbar.
Adding titles and subtitles
  • We are going to add 4 questions per subject. Hence, let’s insert 4 buttons. Click on Insert → Shapes → Rounded rectangle. As we need to add three more, you can click on them and drag while pressing Ctrl or Cmd in Mac and you’ll create a new copy.
  • Remember to edit those shapes adding some shadows. This way, they’ll look like real buttons. Click on them and go to the toolbar. Choose Format options (or …  → Format options if you have a lower screen resolution) and then select Drop shadow. Then, adjust the parameters as needed. If you need to change their colors, use the options Fill color and Border color.
  • Add numbers to your buttons. Click on them, type, select the text and adjust the Font, Font size and other font features in the toolbar as needed. Align the text if needed.
Adding buttons

Creating the answer/clue slide

As we are dealing with English, we are going to include a “clue” slide about literary genres. Remember that in Jeopardy, the “clue” or answer comes first and, after that, we include the question slide.It will have 3 possible answers, and the correct one will redirect you to the next slide. Let’s go! 

  • Add another slide and choose a layout.
  • The first thing to do is inserting a title. For doing so, click on Insert → Text box. Click and drag to create it. Change the Font, Font size and font features in the toolbar as needed.
  • Create another text box to add a brief description of the genre.
Adding a title and a description
  • Now, add three buttons. As before, include some shapes. They will work as buttons. Click on Insert → Shapes → Rounded rectangle. Click and drag, and change its Color fill, Border fill and add a drop shadow. Choose Format options (or …  → Format options if you have a lower screen resolution) and then select Drop shadow. Adjust the parameters as needed. If you want to duplicate a button, click on it while pressing Ctrl or Cmd in Mac.
  • Click on each button and type A, B and C. Change the Font, Font size and font features if you need it.
  • Have you finished with the buttons? Good! Add a text box to their right to type the name of the literary genre. To insert a text box, follow the instructions above: click on Insert → Text box. If you want to duplicate a text box, click on it while you press Ctrl or Cmd in Mac. 
     
Adding buttons
  • Now you can add some illustrations to embellish the slide. Go to the Alternative resources slide, copy them (Ctrl + C or Cmd + C in Mac) and paste them in the slide (Ctrl + V or Cmd + V in Mac).
Adding illustrations
  • The last step is to add some icons. Later, we will add hyperlinks that will redirect you to different slides: we will add a house (that will be connected to the game board slide), a right arrow (to go to the next slide) and a book (this is connected to the subject slide).
  • You have different ways of adding icons. For our example, we are going to copy and paste an icon from the Set of editable icons slide included in the template. Use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V or Cmd + C and Ctrl + V in Mac. If you have doubts, you can consult our How to Add and Modify Icons tutorial.
Slide with icons

Creating the question slide

  • The next step is adding the “question” slide. First, insert a new slide and choose a layout.
  • Click on Insert → Text box. Click and drag the mouse to create the box. Type the text and edit it as needed. In this case, we need to specify that, if their answer is correct, they win 10, 20, 30 or 40 points.
Adding a text box
  • Now we will add an illustration from the Alternative resources and we will insert a speech bubble, as we will type the answer there. Copy and paste the drawing using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V or Cmd + C and Ctrl + V in Mac.
Adding illustrations 
  • Now, add a speech bubble close to the illustration of the boy. Click on Insert in the toolbar. Then, select Shapes and choose a Callout. Then, change its Fill color and Border color. Now, click twice on the shape. Type the answer and edit the text as needed.  
    Pro tip: if you need to rotate the shape, right click on the shape. Select Rotate. Select Flip horizontally or Flip vertically as needed.
Adding a speech bubble and the answer text
  • As in the previous slide, add three different icons: a house (that will be connected to the game board slide), a right arrow (to go to the next slide) and a book (this is connected to the subject slide). Here, we are going to copy and paste an icon from the Set of editable icons slide included in the template. Use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V or Cmd + C and Cmd + V in Mac.
Adding icons 

The slide is ready! Now, let’s add some links.  

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