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# Questions tagged [game]

This challenge is generally based upon, related to, or simulates a game or some portion of one.

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### List where pinballs would exit a grid of bumpers from different entrance points

Inspired by this lumosity mini game, Pinball Recall We start with a rectangular grid (viewed from above) with several bumpers as follows. Entrances/exits are numbered counter-clockwise starting from ...
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### Determine the Winner of a Game of Australian Football

In Australian Football, goals are worth 6 points and behinds are worth 1 point. Scores may include the number of goals and behinds, as well as the total score. Given the number of goals and behinds ...
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### Prisoner's Dilemma with access to opponent

In this challenge, you will write a bot that play's the prisoner's dilemma. Here's the catch: you will not have access to the history of previous games. Instead, you will have access to the opponent ...
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### Recreate a 'Snake' game in a console/terminal

Games are fun this codegolf here was so fun I had to make a version for other classic games similar in complexity. Shortest Way of creating a basic Space Invaders Game in Python This time, however, ...
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### Implement a Brute Force Sudoku Solver

Implement the shortest Sudoku solver using guessing. Since I have received a few request I have added this as an alternative question for those wishing to implement a brute force sudoku solver. ...
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### Who won a Game of Bar Dice?

Challenge Bar Dice is a simple game played in a Bar with Dice (hence the name). You roll 5 six-sided dice and attempt to make the best hand. Scoring is based on amassing the largest number of ...
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### Letter Boxed validator

The New York Times has a daily online game called Letter Boxed (the link is behind a paywall; the game is also described here), presented on a square as follows: You are given 4 groups of 3 letters (...
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### How much Mana do I need?

Dungeon Master was one of the first ever real-time role-playing games, originally released in 1987 on the Atari ST. Among other exciting things for the time, it offered a rather sophisticated spell ...
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### Connect Four Validator

Introduction Connect Four is a game where you attempt to get four in a row: horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. In this code golf, we will be trying to find who won, given a game board. There ...
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### Guard your can with your life!

Lets Play Kick The Can! Although Moogie is the current winner, if anyone can take his crown they are encouraged to do so Kick the can is a children's game. Involving one defender, and multiple ...
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### Build a deterministic Go AI

Here's an interesting problem I thought of the other day, which involves bits of code competing against other bits of code not just in a property that the code has, but by playing a game against those ...
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### A BlackJack KOTH contest

BlackJack As I had a blast working on the original KOTH challenge, I wanted to come up with another one. For me, the fun of these AI challenges is in refining a comparatively simple bot ...
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### Draw me a domino

Challenge Given two digits 0-9 as input, output a domino (from the double-nine domino set) with these number of pips (dots) on the two faces. The ten possible faces look like this (separated by pipes)...
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### The Lucky House

There's a minigame in Super Mario 3D World known as the Lucky House. It consists of a slot machine with 4 blocks. Each block may be one of 5 different icons (Flower, Leaf, Bell, Cherry or Boomerang) ...
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### Score rock-paper-scissors

Given two string inputs of "Rock", "Paper", or "Scissors", determine the outcome of the RPS round. Output 1 if the first player wins, -1 if the second player wins, or 0 for a tie. ...
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### Become the Hydra Slayer

You are the best and most famous hero of the area. Lately there have been rumors that a Hydra has been hanging out in a nearby ravine. Being the brave and virtuous hero that you are you figure you'll ...
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### Yahtzee Small Straight Detection

In the game Yahtzee, players roll five six-sided dice, and attempt to create certain hands to score points. One such hand is a small straight: four consecutive numbers, not necessarily in order. The ...
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### Generate a random point outside a given rectangle within a map

Introduction Given this visualization of a playing field: ...
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### Scrabble scorer

Challenge: Take a string of upper or lower case letters as input (optional), and calculate the score that string would get in a game of Scrabble in English. Rules: The score of each letter is as ...
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### Get Two from One

As we saw in this question complex logical statements can be expressed in terms of the simple connectives of generalized Minesweeper. However Generalized minesweeper still has redundancies. In order ...
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### Let's practice the scoring rules of 421!

421 is a rather popular dice game in France and some other European countries. It is mostly played in bars and pubs to determine who's going to buy the next round of drinks. The full game is usually ...
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### Compute my Sacred Geometry [closed]

In the tabletop RPG named Pathfinder, there is a feat that characters can take called Sacred Geometry, which allows a character who has it to buff their spells in exchange for doing some math: to use ...
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### Formic Functions - Ant Queen of the Hill Contest

Watch live | Active answers | Add new answer | Chat room | Source code | Leaderboard New tournaments whenever needed. New players and new updates very welcome. Not actual game footage. Each player ...
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### Magic the Gathering: Friends or Foes?

In the card game Magic: the Gathering there are five different colours, which represent loose affiliations of cards, White (W), Blue (...
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### Letter Boxed, part 2: this time, solve it

This challenge is a sequel to Letter Boxed Validator. The New York Times has a daily online game called Letter Boxed (the link is behind a paywall; the game is also described here), presented on a ...
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### Who can escape the Nonary Game?

The Nonary Game is a fictional game played in the video game trilogy of the same name. Your goal is to find how many players (at best) can escape a given game, in as few bytes of code as possible. ...
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### Evaluate a Dice 10,000 roll

Introduction Dice 10,000 is a dice game which can be played with 6 dice and something to write. Players roll the dice multiple times a turn and gain a score at the end of it. The player who reaches ...
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### Simulate a game of Craps

Craps is a fairly simple dice game often played in casinos. Even if you aren't a gambler (which I'm not), it's still a fairly interesting game. Here's the rules: At the start of a game of Craps there'...
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### Google's doodle on kids coding: shortest program solving all the levels

Today's Google doodle is about Celebrating 50 years of Kids Coding: The goal is program the path of a little bunny so that it can eat all the carrots. There are 4 types of blocks (see pictures below): ...
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### Mastermind strategy

I could only find code-golf challenges for Mastermind, so here's a code-challenge version that I would have liked to take on myself. An optimal strategy for the normal Mastermind game, MM(4,6), was ...
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### Dobble/SpotIt card generator

Introduction Dobble/SpotIt is a card game, where people have to spot same symbol on pair of cards in shortest time, indicate it and move to next pair. Each card has multiple symbols (8 in normal ...
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### Adventurers in the Ruins

Test Driver • Challenge Discussion • Submit Adventurer (Image Source) Several rival adventurers are raiding the ruins for treasure, but they can only carry so much at a time and have their ...
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### Make a Frogger Solver

🐸🐸 You must make the shortest program to always find the optimal solution to a simplified Frogger game on a 9x9 grid. Course Elements: L - Log (Length: 3-4). ...
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### Count without 3

Background When I was in elementary school, we used to play a game in math class that goes as follows. All kids sit in a big circle and take turns counting, starting from 1. However, the following ...
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### Place a Carcassonne tile

The board game In the board game "Carcassonne" players place tiles by matching their edges and earn the highest scores through creating large contiguous areas of terrain. The following are (roughly) ...
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### Tool-Assisted Code Golf

TAS Golf In the style of a tool-assisted speedrun with a code-golf twist, the goal of this challenge is to complete World 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros game for the NES in your chosen ...
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### Recreate the classic snake Game

The challenge is to create the classic Snake game using as few bytes as possible. Here are the requirements: The game must be implemented in a typical 2-dimensional layout. The snake should be able ...
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### Automatic price-identification of scrolls in Nethack

OH GODS NO!! You can't leave us here with Doorknob! It'll be nethack everywhere! - 1d ago by Geobits Well, couldn't disappoint... Introduction (you can skip this section if you don't care about ...
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### Take It or Leave It: A Game Show for Computers

Context: A reclusive billionaire has created a game show to attract the world's best and brightest programmers. On Mondays at the stroke of midnight, he chooses one person from a pool of applicants ...
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### A game of dice, but avoid number 6 [closed]

Tournament over! The tournament is now over! The final simulation was run during the night, a total of $3*10^8$ games. The winner is Christian Sievers with his bot OptFor2X. Christian Sievers also ...
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### Magic: the Gathering Combat Golf

Magic: the Gathering is a trading card game where, among other things, players play cards representing creatures, which can then attack the other player, or defend against the other player's attacks ...
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### Playing Pickomino

In the game Pickomino, there are several tiles lying in the middle of the table, each with a different positive integer on them. Each turn, the players roll dices in a certain way and get a score, ...
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### Score a single dart

Introduction Write a program or function that, given the coordinates of where a dart lands on a dartboard, return the score of that dart. Dart coordinates are given as two integers, ...
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### Mid-Autumn Festival gambling game

Tomorrow is the Mid-Autumn festival, and in the spirit of that holiday, I will introduce a gambling game that we (people from Xiamen) play during the holiday! Rules The game is played with six 6-...
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### Pong in the shortest code

The challenge is simple. Give the shortest code possible to reproduce the classic 2-player game of pong http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pong . The level of graphics and functionality should be as close ...
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### Create a simple 2048 game clone

2048 is an incredibly fun and addictive game in which the goal is to create a tile with 2048 on it. Here's a short description of the game: Pressing an arrow key will slide all the blocks in the ...
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### Dungeon Crawler

Input A binary matrix $M$ representing the walls of a dungeon. The position $(x,y)$ of the player within the dungeon. The direction $d$ that the player is currently facing (0 = North, 1 = East, ...
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### Find the optimal nim move

The game Nim is a mathematical strategy game, where 2 players take turns taking items from distinct heaps. On your turn, you must take at least one item, and you may take as many as you want, ...
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### Magic: The Gathering, Paying for Spells

For more MtG-goodness: Magic: The Gathering Combat with Abilities Premise: In Magic: the Gathering, you cast spells by paying their mana cost by tapping lands for the required amount. These lands ...
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### Hangman wordgame golf

Inspired by reddit. Write a program which plays Hangman. The program chooses a random word from a list of N words, where N > 2. The word list can be provided to the program in any way you choose. ...