Easy/Fun Games to Program

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Hello. Anybody know of any fun, and somewhat easy, games to program (I will be using Java if that matters)? I was thinking some card games, like blackjack or poker, any other ideas? To get an idea of the level of easyness I am looking for, I have made Sudoku, and Conway's Game of Life. I spent the last day or so making Sudoku and it prints a board, asks the user for a value and spot, replaces the spot with the new value, and prints the board again, also the program can check to see if a Sudoku board has a correct solution. I am mostly wanting something that would be fun and take some thought.



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I'm guessing it will player vs CPU rather than player vs player which kind of limits your choices because for some games (like chess) designing the AI would be very hard. I think definitely Poker is a nice one. You could also do a Mario/Sonic type of game.
BOMBERMAN, CHESS would be the primary too
starcraft, 9 man's something, chinese checkers
hearts, spades,euchre.

othello is probably the easiest.


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How about Connect 4. The goal of the game is to line up 4 of the same color chips (Horizontally, Vertically or Diagonally). If you are doing it text based you could use X and O. The board could be 10x10 and you would need to parse the board each time to see if there are 4 chips next to each other.

If you want a really hard challenge write an AI player for GO.
Thanks for the ideas. I think I will try out Euchre and Connect 4 next, and then maybe try the others. Thanks!


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