Most playfully versatile

Yves-Marie Morgan

Judges' comments:

To build:

    make morgan2

To run:


For the console version (ncurses)


./morgan2 X

For the graphical version (X11)

Selected Judges Remarks:

The judges enjoyed playing the game almost to completion; if we remember correctly, we managed to place 59 or 60 dominos. We wonder, what would be faster: to play the game to completion or to write an unobfuscated version of it?

Author’s comments:

This program is a domino game. The goal is to place dominos on the 8x8 grid. Each domino is made of 6 squares of the color red or green. To place a domino, at least one of it side shall match the other side of another domino.

How to play

Start of the game

At the start of the game, the first domino is placed randomly on the grid. You get another domino to place by selecting one empty position in the stack on the right. You can have to 8 dominos pending at any time.

Moving in the stack

Use Up and Down key to move the cursor in the stack. Press Enter to either

The currently selected domino is indicated on the top right.

Placing a domino

Once a domino has been selected, the cursor moves to the grid. Use Up, Down, Left and Right keys to move in the grid. Press Enter on an empty position to place the domino.

To go back to selection mode, press Enter on an occupied position.

The domino can be place in an empty position if all its neighbour have matching sides and the domino has at least one neighbour.


First, depending on the number of dominos pending in the stack, a bonus is accorded : * 1 domino in the stack : 8 points. * 2 dominos in the stack : 4 points. * 3 or 4 dominos in the stack : 2 points. * 5 or more dominos in the stack : 0 point.

Then the bonus is multiplied by the number of matching neighbor the placed domino has (1, 2, 3 or 4). This is added to the score.

Finally, the total score is divided by the number of dominos placed (1 - 64).

The 3 numbers on display represent : the total score, the fill count and the final score (total score divided by fill count).

End of the game

The game is finished when no more domino can be placed and you either : * filled the complete grid. * have 8 pending dominos in the stack. * no more domino can be revealed in the stack (more than 56 dominos placed on the grid).

Note There is no real end of game detection implemented in the program, simply press q when you have finished…




Compilation warnings

with gcc 4.7.2 on Linux Ubuntu 12.10 : * prog.c:46:65: warning: value computed is not used [-Wunused-value]

with clang 3.1 on Linux Ubuntu 12.10 : * prog.c:23:24: warning: adding ‘int’ to a string does not append to the string [-Wstring-plus-int]

!!!!! HAVE FUN !!!!!

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