16 February 2015

Hangman Ruby

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Hangman Ruby

Some weeks ago I attended my first Coding Kata Meetup organised by RailsGirlsNL in Utrecht. We had a great evening, so you should definitely join next time!

The topic of the night was to go through the implementation of the game Hangman. I have been learning some Ruby since then and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to build the game on my own and share the results with you. There it goes… Ruby Hangman!

Class Hangman

First I created a class Hangman, containing the state of the game and the different operations to be done while playing:

# hangman.rb

class Hangman
  # Total number of turns stored in a constant variable
  # Allow the following instance variables to be read
  attr_reader :word,

  def initialize(word)
    @word = word
    @current_word_state = []
    @guessed_letters = []
    @turns_left = TOTAL_TURNS

  # Generates the word in dashes at the beginning of the game
  def initialize_word_state(word)
    word.length.times { @current_word_state << "_ " }

  # Finding the letter to be guessed in each turn
  def guess_letter(input_letter, word)
    letter_index = 0
    letter_indexes_found = []
    word_as_array = word.chars

    word_as_array.each do |letter|
      if input_letter == letter
        letter_indexes_found << letter_index
        guessed_letters << letter
        @current_word_state[letter_index] = input_letter.upcase + " "
      letter_index += 1

    if letter_indexes_found.length > 0
      puts "The letter you chose was FOUND."
      puts "The letter you chose was NOT FOUND."
      @turns_left -= 1


  # Checking if the player won for an specific current state of the word
  def you_won?(current_word_state)
    !current_word_state.include?("_ ")

  # Checking if there are no more turns left
  def game_over?
    @turns_left == 0

Main Game Loop

In another file I created the main loop of the game (don’t forget to include the class Hangman at the beginning of this file to make it work ☺)

# main.rb

# Allows the word to be typed as hidden
require 'io/console'
# Don't forget to include your class Hangman
require './hangman.rb'

# This is the entry point, where MAGIC happens!
puts "Welcome to Hangman Ruby!"
puts "Hello player 1! Write down the word to be guessed!"
puts ("*" * 40)

word = STDIN.noecho(&:gets).chomp
puts "Get's ready, player 2. The chosen word has #{word.length} letters."

# Now we create an instance of the Hangman object with the word that player 1 typed
hangman = Hangman.new(word)
puts hangman.initialize_word_state(word)

# This variable will control the while loop
game_is_finished = false

# The main loop of the game starts here!
while !game_is_finished
    puts "You have #{hangman.turns_left} turns left. Write down a letter:"
    puts ("*" * 40)

    input_letter = gets.chomp
    current_word_state = hangman.guess_letter(input_letter, word)
    puts current_word_state

    # Pre-cache the result of methods used more than once
    # (value won't change in-between)
    game_over = hangman.game_over?
    you_won = hangman.you_won?(current_word_state)

    # Checking if the game is finished after this turn
    game_is_finished = (you_won || game_over)
    # Let's kindly notify the user if the game is finished
    puts ("*" * 40) + "\nYou won!" if you_won
    puts ("*" * 40) + "\nGame Over!\nThe word was: #{word.upcase}" if game_over

The only thing you need to do now to start playing is going to your terminal under the folder where you saved these files and run:

$ ruby main.rb

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