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Word games? - jeonghyunhan - Apr 20, 2009 06:46 PM
This is my first attempt at a word game and I have absolutely no idea how to start.
Say for example I have two UIImageViews one with an image letter "A" and the other "B" and if I connected them to form "AB" how can I detect that and look it up in a list of words that I provide?
Or is that the wrong approach?
Anyone who has done a game that mixes and matches letters to make words know of a good place to start?
Word games? - maximile - Apr 21, 2009 08:11 AM
Is this going to be grid-based? If so, it's best to think about how to represent the grid in memory. Then it'll be a much simpler task to test for words.
You might want to read up a bit on the Model-View-Controller concept. While it doesn't always apply nicely to games, it's usually a good starting point.
Word games? - jeonghyunhan - Apr 21, 2009 11:07 AM
Thanks for the tip.
I've just finished a grid based game so that should help.
I've never done the model-view-controller way of things but i'll give it a shot now.
But I still don't get how you would test for words.
Word games? - maximile - Apr 21, 2009 11:26 AM
Well, say your grid was represented by an array of characters (NSString, char *, whatever). One method would be to go along each row, checking for a character. When one is found, add it to an array. Then check the next grid square, adding characters to the array until there's a blank cell or the end of the grid. Then use the array you've generated to make a string, and check if it exists in your dictionary.
You'd need to then check vertically in a similar way.
Word games? - jeonghyunhan - Apr 23, 2009 08:48 PM
What if my grid was represented by UIViews or UIImageViews?
I'm using UIViews/UIImageViews partly because it's the only way i know of how to actually represent a grid and use images.
I'm trying to figure out how to connect my "images" of each letter to actual letters and use those letters to determine words from a dictionary.