This a sample software game created using the Categories Game Maker. There are 10 questions each using text, graphics, sound, animations, and video in the following categories: Name That Animal, Chemistry & Physics, Mathematics, Social Studies & Psychology, English & Spanish, Art & Music, and Misc.
The Categories Game Maker allows you to create fun and exciting review or assessment games for any curriculum that can be played with classes using a computer and projector system.
System Requirements: PC Computer with Windows XP or later
The software is downloaded as an executable (.exe)file. When you run the exe file, the sample game will be loaded onto your computer.
The Categories Game Maker, including a number of question making tools, is available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Categories Game Maker
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CATEGORIES GAME MAKER - MORE INFORMATION
A created Categories game consists of up to 70 questions in up to 7 different categories. Each category consists of 10 questions, worth from 10 to 100 points. These questions can be created using text, graphics, movies, animations, and sound.
To play a game, the class is broken up into as many as 10 teams. There are several styles of play: sequential team play, random team play, and buzzer play. The first chosen team starts by choosing a question with a category and point value and tries to answer it correctly. In sequential play, the teams are chosen in order. In random play, teams are chosen at random but the software assures that all teams get equal chances to answer questions. And in buzzer play, the teams are picked based on which one pushes a buzzer first. Play can be set so that a team can only answer one question, or keep choosing and answering questions until they get one wrong.
Each time a team provides an answer, the instructor consults his answer key, which can be created and printed in Categories, and clicks either on the yes (or +) button or on the no (or -) button. If the answer is correct, that team gets the points. If the answer is incorrect, that team loses the points. The scores are then tabulated and the next team gets to choose a new question. Questions that are not answered correctly are available to be chosen at a later time.
Some of the features of Categories are:
* the ability to create, revise, save, and load games
* create questions by typing in text or adding graphics, movies, animations, or sound files
* a timer that allows each team a set amount of time to answer questions
* create answer keys that can be saved, loaded, revised, and printed
* before playing the game, create up to ten team names
* the game keeps track of which questions have been asked and team scores
* ability to save team names, questions asked, and scores in the middle of a game
* final scoring screen which allows scoring adjustments and printing of the final results
* a game schematic with help for every screen and a set of video tutorials available online
* a set of creation tools to help you manage and create your graphics and sound files including:
- File Finder - find and copy graphics and sound files
- Multiple Choice Question Maker - make multiple choice questions with graphics and text
- Free Form Question Maker - make questions with graphics, text, and a set of drawing tools
- Screen Capture - capture any portion of the screen
New features in Version 6 include:
* bug fixes to insure compatibility with Windows 7
* the ability to select exactly which categories and point value questions that you want
* a new and improved screen capture utility that is much easier to use
* more help in setting up an initial folder and path for all of your game files
The software is downloaded as an exe file. When run, this exe file will install the Categories software onto your computer.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.