I decided to make a modern looking Connect4 game in the video game style that my students enjoy, so that they could have some fun reviewing this terms material. It is a very flexible tool that can be used in a variety of ways to gamify learning.
It is a bit of a beast of a file with over 240 animations per slide so it will chug even on a decent computer if the animations pane is open!
User jiggswalsh made an excellent version of this game that actually stacks! (I haven't figured out how to do that yet.) So I will link that too.
What You'll Need
- A computer plugged into a TV or Projector.
- Review/Quiz material (questions, vocab list, etc)
How To Use
Connect4 is a two player game so students will need to form two groups (red and yellow)
Start the ppt and run through the title screen. Press the Spacebar three times to complete the transition, music, and animation cycle. Then use the mouse from that point on to click the "Press Start" text or "A" button.
While on the title screen I get the players/teams to Janken to see who will go first.
When the game board appears, explain how to play if they don't know already. I find it easiest to just show them an example round playing by yourself.
They will choose a column number 1 2 3 4 5 6 or 7. Starting from the bottom of the board (nearest the chosen number) click the blank space to change its color to red, click again for yellow. Click once more to go back to blank if you make a mistake.
Alternate turns to stack the colors upwards and make a line of 4 to win.
Click the orange "return" button in the bottom left to start a new game.
When it is the student's turn, ask them a question relevant to what you want to teach. (Fill in the blank sentence, Flash card "what is this?", Make a sentence, etc.) Then allow them to place their color in the board.
First team to make a line of 4 wins.
If you want more rounds just duplicate the game board slide as many times as you think you need.