May 12


I wanted a ‘family feud’ style gameshow in keynote, but it was a bit complicated trying to make the right answer appear. I found the best way to do it was to have 25 slides with the different possible combinations of hidden/shown answers, then a heap of hyperlinks between various slides depending on what answer was picked. It worked out well. I’ve updated the files for Keynote 6.

The text for the questions and answers is on the master slide. To change the answers, edit the master slide. To do this select ‘Edit Master Slide’ and edit the text fields that have the answers. Be careful not to move any fields around, just edit the text in them.

To play the game, start the slideshow at slide number 1.

If there is a corrrect answer guessed, click on the appropriate box to reveal that answer – complete with sound effects! For a wrong answer, click anywhere on the background.

Here is a link to the keynote templates – there are two versions:

Version 1

This is a very big version that takes longer to load but has all the sound effects in it.

Family Feud for Keynote 6

Older version for Keynote 4


Version 2 – simplified version.

This is a simplified version that needs the ‘wrong guess’ sound effect to be played from an ipod but it is much faster to load. The slides are also rearranged so  you can control it manually by pressing the number keys instead of using a mouse. (e.g. ‘1’ reveals answer 1′, ’12’ reveals answer 1 and 2, ’21’ reveals all except for 1 and 2 and so on.

NOTE – for this version you need to start on slide 6.

Family Feud for Keynote 6

Older Version for Keynote 4


Here are the rules from wikipedia:

Let me know how it goes!

Here’s a goot tip from Stacey:

Thank you so much for your work! This is awesome – perfect as a review game for my students. But, I was able to make more questions on the same presentation rather than saving a bunch of files. I just copied the two master slides (“Sound” and “No sound”) and renamed them (“Question 2 Sound” and “Question 2 No Sound”). Then I typed in my second question on the two new master sides. Next, I copy/pasted the sequence of 34 possible answer slides and reapplied the “Question 2 Sound” and “Question 2 No Sound” to the appropriate slides. I ended up making about 25 different questions in one file. Thanks again!

72 Responses to “How to make a Family Feud game in Keynote”

  1. Dyan says:

    Wayne, can you help clarify what Stacy did to create 25 possible questions within the same file? I have copied and renamed the master slides to question 1 sound and no sound etc. But I cannot figure out how she copy/pasted the sequence of 34 possible answer slides and reapplied the “Question 2 Sound” and “Question 2 No Sound” to the appropriate slides.

  2. Chanel says:

    This is awesome! I am hosting an event tonight but am running into a little difficulty. I want to add in questions that same way Stacey did all in the same keynote…but when I press play it will only play question 1. I have added in the appropriate slides Question 2 Sound/No Sound…I am just not sure why the transition is not working. Please help! :-)

  3. Carlos says:

    Has anyone gotten this to work with multiple questions? I have done as the tip says and re-apply the masters, but when played it keynote reverts back to the question 1 slides.

    Any ideas?

  4. James says:

    I agree. The instructions for adding multiple questions are unclear. Even when I try to apply different master slides it keeps reverting back to the first one

  5. Tracy says:

    The key to adding multiple questions is changing the go to slide buttons on each answer. If you click the little blue circle with arrow on it on the master slides, you will see that Wayne has directed each answer to go to another slide. If you add multiple questions, you will need to change each one of these to correspond/follow the same pattern as with slides 1-35.

    GREAT job Wayne with the design of this game. Thank you.

  6. Betül from Turkey says:

    Thank you for the great design!! I was looking for something like this. The instructions are enough and also thanks for tip for multiple questions.

  7. Karen says:

    Thank you! This is awesome!

  8. Jason says:

    There is another option for adding multiple questions in one presentation. You can duplicate the original presentation for as many questions as you like. You can then edit the master slide on each new presentation. Once you have all your questions created, you can then copy and past them into the original presentation. This avoids the need to change the “go to slide” buttons on each slide.

    Great job with the design of the game. This is very creative and helpful.

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