Creating a Game Based on a Quiz

Feb 19, 2014

Hi everyone,

I'm working on a Storyline project that includes a game board slide, where the learner clicks on a shape, is taken to a quiz question, and after responding is returned to the game board to click another shape for another question. I wanted to use quiz questions for the benefit of scoring the outcome of the game. I would like to be able to change the state of each shape after it has been clicked and the associated question answered, and ideally prevent the user from clicking and answering the same question again.

However, it seems like this isn't  possible using quiz slides when the user moves back and forth from the game board slide to each quiz question. I'm thinking it would only work if the questions are layers on the same slide with the game board, because then I think I could use triggers to change the state of each shape and prevent it from being clicked. But it doesn't seem like I can insert a quiz question onto a layer, so I would lose the ability to keep track of the score.

Is there a way to achieve what I describe above? I do not have any scripting skills so I'm hoping to use the software features to get what I want. I purchased a game show template from a third party that does what I describe using layers, but since the quiz functionality wasn't used the score was generated with javascript and my LMS couldn't capture the information. The LMS will capture a quiz-generated score so I'm really hoping there's a way to make this work.

Thank you for any help you can provide!

10 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Heidi,

While you can't use layers to show a quiz question, have you tried setting this up using a main slide as the "game board" and each shape jumps to a particular quiz question?  You'll want to use the "Disabled" state for your shape (or button) so that the user couldn't click on it again). You'll also want to look into when this trigger to change the shape is set to occur - I'd place it on the "game board" slide just before the "jump to question slide."

Also, there are a number of game boards to get you started in this thread. 

Heidi Atwood

HI Ashley, thanks for your reply. That sounds like what I've already done. The game board is a slide, and each quiz question is on a slide. When the user clicks a shape on the game board, a trigger takes them to the appropriate quiz question slide. When they finish the question, they are taken back to the game board.

The shapes have a trigger to change color after being clicked, but this doesn't seem to be retained when the user is taken off the game board to another slide and then returns to the game board. I'm not sure how to make the changes triggered by previous actions "stick" when you loop back to the game board slide.

Heidi Atwood

Aha! I was overlooking that feature. Yes, that's exactly what I needed to ensure the clicked shapes change color when the learner returns to the game board.

One final question - is it possible with a state or a trigger to make it impossible to click the shape twice? It doesn't seem like a state will allow me to remove the trigger from the shape - the trigger applies to all states, unless I'm missing something again. I'm OK with not having that functionality - I'm "graying out" the shapes once they've been used, so that visual cue may be enough to discourage learners from trying to answer the same question again. But if it is possible to prevent them, it would be nice to do so - any ideas?

Thank you!

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