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The German online magazine „FreiesMagazin“ has started a programming contest yesterday. The task is to write an AI for a two-player bejeweled-like game, where the stones that you can match cause your opponent to lose live points.
This evening I thought that this would be a nice finger exercise in Haskell programming, and indeed it was. Most time was spent writing the code that communicates with the game supervisor (via text files) and that re-implements the game logic to simulate the next steps. The example code is in C++, so I had to do it again, but it’s rather short: 123 lines, consisting of 8 lines for the module header, 26 lines for the data definitions, 16 lines for in- and output and 73 lines for the actual rules of the game.
The program wins against the demo AI. By choosing other algorithms provided by game-tree might even improve that. Feel free to try it out!
My code is available in a darcs repository (browse) under the GPL2 or later and I invite everyone to use it as a base for contest entries. If you want to use Haskell, you can just replace the Strategy.hs and do not have to re-implement the game logic. If you submit such a program, just make sure you credit me appropriately. Also, as always, patches are welcome. If the code is too slow for your taste, you can decrease the depth parameter in Strategy.hs.