I turned Loony Lips into Hangman

Halfway through Hoppy Days, I realized that I now know enough Godot to make a Hangman game with the Loony Lips assets. Here it is: https://github.com/DanielMcPherson/hangman-godot

Like Loony Lips, I’m reading words and user text from a json file.

The user pressed a key on the keyboard to guess a letter. I found the _input(event) function, which was better then Input.is_action_pressed or Input.is_key_pressed when I’m looking for any key to be pressed rather than looking for a few particular keys.

I also discovered that GDScript is not Python. Python string operations like word[:i] and word[:i+1] do not exist in GDScript.

As the user makes wrong guesses, I’m drawing the hanging stick figure by changing animations on an AnimatedSprite. Possibly an abuse of the AnimatedSprite, but it worked well.

I hope someone else likes this. Let me know if I could have done any of this better.


Here’s the code:

extends TextureRect

var secret      # Word player is trying to guess
var display     # Partially completed word displayed on screen
var alphabet    # Letters the player can guess from
var num_missed  # Number of wrong guesses the player has made
var game_over   # Whether the game has ended yet

# Secret words to select from
var words = ["godot", "game", "script"]
# Strings displayed to the user
var user_strings

# Called on program start
func _ready():
	words = get_from_json("words.json")
	user_strings = get_from_json("user_strings.json")

# Set up a new game
func setup_game():
	# Set up alphabet, secret word, and displayed word
	alphabet = user_strings["alphabet"]
	#Initialize variables and display
	game_over = false
	$GameOver.text = ""
	$AgainButton.visible = false
	$AgainButton/AgainText.text = user_strings["again"]
	$Word.text = display
	$Alphabet.text = alphabet
	num_missed = 0

# Choose a random word
func pick_random_word():
	# Make sure it's different from the previous word
	var previous_word = secret
	while secret == previous_word:
		secret  = words[randi() % words.size()]
		# Make sure it's all lower case
		secret = secret.to_lower()

# Create word display of all underscores
func setup_word_display():
	display = ""
	for i in range(secret.length()):
		# If character is in the guessable alphabet, display an underscore
		# and make the player guess it. If not, just show the character.
		# This allows spaces and punctuation in secret words/phrases.
		if alphabet.find(secret[i]) >= 0:
			display = display + "_"
			display = display + secret[i]

# Called when play again button is pressed
func _on_AgainButton_pressed():

# Called when there is user input
func _input(event):
	# See if event is a keyboard press
	if event.is_pressed() and not game_over:
		# Get guess that player pressed
		var guess = event.as_text().to_lower()
		# NOTE: We shouldn't assume that 'guess' is a single character!
		# It might be something like 'escape', 'space', or 'inputeventmousebutton'.
		# However, those strings won't be found in 'alphabet', so the code won't
		# try to interpret them as a guess. (It will treat them as a guess that 
		# has already been made and is being ignored.)

# Handle user guess
func handle_guess(guess):
	# See if letter has been guessed already
	var guessed = alphabet.find(guess) == -1
	if not guessed:
		# Remove letter from available alphabet
		alphabet = alphabet.replace(guess, " ")
		$Alphabet.text = alphabet
		# See if guessed letter is in the secret word
		var found = false
		var i = secret.find(guess)
		while i > -1:
			found = true
			# Show guessed letter in the displayed word
			display = display.left(i) + guess + display.right(i + 1)
			$Word.text = display
			# See if there's another instance of this lettter
			i = secret.findn(guess, i + 1)
		if not found:
			num_missed = num_missed + 1

# See if user has won or lost
func check_for_game_over():
	# See if word is completely guessed
	if display.find("_") == -1:
		game_over = true
		$GameOver.text = user_strings["you win"]
		$AgainButton.visible = true

	# Show appropriate image and see if player has lost
	if num_missed < 6:
		# Image has animations named "0", "1", "2", etc that
		# correspond to the number of missed guesses
		game_over = true
		$GameOver.text = user_strings["you lose"]
		$Word.text = secret
		$AgainButton.visible = true

# Read data from a json file
func get_from_json(filename):
	var file = File.new()
	file.open(filename, File.READ)
	var text = file.get_as_text()
	var data = parse_json(text)
	return data
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Very cool. I know my kids would get a kick out of this.

I don’t think that’s an inappropriate usage of the animated sprite. It’s really clever, IMO. You have the atlas container that has everything in one place, and it’s super easy to step through.

That is awesome work

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