I think it’s about time for another breakout puzzle … yes! This breakout puzzle is inspired by The Matrix. The Matrix? Yes, the movie, you know … with Neo. If you haven’t seen it, it was a popular movie about 20 years ago. (Wow does time fly.) Anyhow, I love that movie and so decided to build a Matrix breakout puzzle. Hope you enjoy it!
Before I get to the puzzle, let me provide a quick background. The escape room trend is sweeping the globe. Here is the basic idea. You and some friends go to an escape room, and get locked inside. You have to look around the room and gather clues to figure out codes to various combination locks. Opening a lock provides access to additional clues, which provide additional codes, and so on. You ultimately figure out the final code used on the door lock to escape the room.
My family LOVES doing these escape rooms together. They are so fun that I wanted to do something similar in my Excel courses. So, I came up with the idea for an Excel breakout puzzle. You basically need to open the Excel workbook, and look around for clues. You use your Excel skills to solve the puzzle and reveal the code.
These Excel breakout puzzles are used in the Excel University Graduate Certification program as a fun way to apply what you’ve learned in each lesson.
The Matrix puzzle has 3 steps. In step 1, you want to find the 4 digit numeric key that I’ve hidden. You’ll have to use your Excel knowledge to find the key. Once you do, enter the key into the Step 2 sheet to reveal the code. To verify that the code is correct, head to Step 3 and enter the code. If it is correct, you’ll be able to use the resulting link to view a fun congratulations page. If you think you are up for it, download the file below:
If you decide to give it a try … good luck, I hope you have fun 🙂
Webinar & Answer
I will be featuring this breakout puzzle in my upcoming live PivotTables vs Formulas webinar, including presenting the answer. If you’d like to learn more about the webinar or register for it, check out the link below:
Note: this breakout puzzle is featured in the live webinars, not the on-demand version.
If you solve the puzzle, please post a comment with something like “Got it!” but please don’t post the actual code.