Puzzles examples

May 15, 2013

Hey all,

I'm relatively new to Storyline but the company I work for has recently adopted it for several rather large projects so I've been asked to create some examples of what Storyline can do. I spent a lot of time researching and found a few good examples but having built my own I thought I would rip of a few of my slides out of works presentation and share them with you guys in case they help anyone else in any way.

More than happy to upload the .story file if anyone wants it. There are only 3 slides and slide 3 is a bit cumbersome due to the vast amount of variables and may take some time to load. Please bear with it lol.

Not looking for props but any feedback would be appreciated.




5 Replies
Laith Salama

Hi Mike,

Thanks for having a go and getting back to me.

I spent so long working on the Sudoku and the Crossword puzzles I didn't put too much time/effort into the Wordsearch on slide 1. It was intentional but only because the lack of another solution I could think of. Since the words overlapped I decided to make the overlapping letters disabled after the first word they we're in was found. This was to stop them being reselected and adding an additional 1.00 to the word variable. Each letter adds 1.00 to the variable for both words that it is in and since not disabling the overlapping letters made the overlapping button add a 1.00 a second time round therefore making there word selection even shorter.

I have made that far more confusing than it actually is! lol. If you have a clearer and more effective solution I would absolutely LOVE to hear it since this is likely something I will have to replicate dozen or more times for clients. I have attached the .story file for you to see how I have done it.



Mike Enders

Hi Laith,

So cool looking at your file. Thanks for sharing!

I dug into your word find and approached it from a different direction (see attached).   On an interaction like this, you can actually accomplish your outcomes without using variables.  You can achieve the same result by focusing on states.  I created a new scene in your file and copied the crossword.  I cleared out all of the triggers and reset the slide layers back to their initial states. I set up "London" so you can see the result and duplicate for Tehran and Madrid.


1. Set the lines and rectangles initial states to hidden (via the dropdown in states tab).

2. Added a slide level trigger to change the London line to normal when the state of the correct letters are selected.

3. Added a slide level trigger to change the London rectangle to normal when the state of the correct letters are selected.

4. Added a slide level trigger to show layer London when the state of the correct letters are selected.

5. On the London layer, I added a series of triggers to change the state of the correct letters back to normal. 

6. On the London layer, I changed the trigger to hide layer (this needs to fire after the states of the letters have been changed) instead of jumping to slide.

7.Set base layer to "automatically decide"

I hope this helps!


Laith Salama

Hi Showemimo,

It was viewing your Sudoku puzzle that actually inspired me to have a go myself. I downloaded your .story file and saw how you did it and how storyline managed it all and I decided to try it myself to embed it into my knowledge.

I also went through and read your contributions to other threads and saw how you showcased your skills and decided to try it myself. Keep up the good work m8!

Thanks dude.



Hi Mike,

Thanks for the great feedback. I have replicated this on Madrid and Tehran and it works superbly! I will be using this approach in the future for clients. Massive thanks as it significantly reduces the 'behind the scenes' work needed to construct it.



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