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By February 28, 2021September 25th, 2021Articulate Challenges, Blog Posts, Free Templates, Gamification

Coronavirus Word Search Puzzle

Coronavirus Word Search Puzzle is my eLearning lightbox demo for Articulate E-Learning Heroes Challenge #316.

Click the image below to play the online eLearning game.

Lightbox Slide for Optional Information

Like many other eLearning developers, I frequently use lightboxes to allow learners to access optional information, as they see fit. In this case, the Instructions button leads to a short video describing how to play the game.

Game Mechanics & Free Download!

To create the game mechanics, I am indebted to Paul Alders, who shared a free word search interaction demo and Storyline download in the Articulate community website. Select the image below to view Paul’s demo, and download the file he shared.

Customizing the Interaction

The first step I took to customize the interaction above was to enlarge the puzzle–I’ve had poor eyesight all my life, and that’s generally the first step I take customizing any eLearning template! I also changed the color scheme/background and added a Powtoon character.

Next, I decided to use sentences as hints for the terms in the puzzle, rather than giving the learner the terms outright. Finally, I created the lightbox slide with a short video to explain how to play the game.

Authoring Tools: Storyline 360, Camtasia, Powtoon


  • Denise Connelly says:

    This is lovely Tracy! A great way to show instructions on a complex screen.

    I especially love the customised exit button on the Lightbox slide.

    How did you do that?

    • Thank you, Denise! The lightbox slide is a faux lightbox–it’s just a layer that opens when the marker is clicked. I just designed it to look like a lightbox. The exit button is a Storyline marker. I don’t think there is a way to customize the lightbox feature in Storyline 360 to behave the way I want, so I create faux lightboxes most of the time. 🙂

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