Introduction: Super Mario PowerPoint Quiz Game - Games for English Teachers (ESL)

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This is a quiz game that I made to review grammar points and vocabulary with my English language learners. This game is completely adaptable to suit any subject. Users can customize the questions by changing the text in the PowerPoint. All sources for images and sound are linked in the end credits.

This game took me about 6 weeks to make. It is composed of almost 250 slides, so you must have a computer that can run well to play it. The game comes pre-loaded with a bunch of beginner-level questions that I used in my class, but some won't relate to your students.

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Step 1: Directions for Play

This game plays a lot like a PowerPoint Jeopardy game where the click of a space makes a question appear. Instead of eliminating answers, the character moves forward. Because of the randomness of the game via the die roll, you can use the same game multiple times with the same class and have different questions come up. Download the attached PowerPoint to play. If you find a bug with the game, please let me know and I can fix it.


  • Dice
  • Screen and projector


Divide students into teams of 3-5 students.

Have students choose the order they will answer in (can use Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide).

The first student to answer will stand up.

Explain to students that they will see a question. The first student to raise his/her hand and answer appropriately gets the points (teachers can change these rules as they like).

Explain the item rules: coins give one extra point, mushrooms allow the group to answer the next question first, flowers allow the group to choose a group to stop from answering the next question, and the star allows the group to steal a point from another group (teachers can change these rules as they like).

Click until you get to the board game screen. Start with the first question and click on the box. A battle screen and question will appear. The first student to raise his/her hand first and answer the question correctly will win the battle. Click the screen to end the battle and display the points the group gets for that question. Click on the button in the bottom-right corner to go back to the map screen. The student who answered the questions rolls a die to choose the next number. If the number exceeds the one shown on the screen, click the arrow and move forward the proper number of spaces. For example, if there are 6 spots on the screen and the student rolls 5 while Mario is sitting on the number 4, you will click on 3 for the next slide. The winner of the game has the most points at the end of the game.


You can edit this game to put in your own questions.You can see all of the levels and questions easily in Slide Sorter mode in PowerPoint. The top half of the slides are the levels, and the bottom half are questions and monsters.

This game has been used for elementary to adult students, and all students like the game just as much.

Use this game for all different school subjects!

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