Python | Program to implement simple FLAMES game

Python is a multipurpose language and one can do literally anything with it. Python can also be used for game development. Let’s create a simple FLAMES game without using any external game libraries like PyGame.

FLAMES is a popular game named after the acronym: Friends, Lovers, Affectionate, Marriage, Enemies, Sibling. This game does not accurately predict whether or not an individual is right for you, but it can be fun to play this with your friends.

There are two steps in this game:

    Get the count :

    • Take the two names.
    • Remove the common characters with their respective common occurrences.
    • Get the count of the characters that are left .

    Get the result :

    • Take FLAMES letters as [“F”, “L”, “A”, “M”, “E”, “S”]
    • Start removing letter using the count we got.
    • The letter which last the process is the result.

Example :

Input :   player1 name : AJAY
          player 2 name : PRIYA

Output : Relationship status : Friends

Explaination: In above given two names A and Y are common letters which are occuring one time(common count) in both names so we are removing these letters from both names. Now count the total letters that are left here it is 5. Now start removing letters one by one from FLAMES using the count we got and the letter which lasts the process is the result.

Counting is done in anti-clockwise circular fashion.

counting is start from F, E is at 5th count so we remove E and start counting again but a this time start from S.
M is at 5th count so we remove M and counting start from S.
S is at 5th count so we remove S and counting start from F.
L is at 5th count so we remove L and counting start from A.
A is at 5th count so we remove A. now we have only one letter is remaining so this is the final answer.
So, the relationship is F i.e. Friends .

Approach: Take two names as input then remove the common characters with their respective common occurrences. For removing purpose we create user-defined remove_match_char function with two arguments as list1 and list2 which stores list of characters of two players name respectively and return list of concatenated list(list1 + “*” flagst2) and flag value which we store in ret_list variable.After removing all the common characters, count the total no. of remaining characters then create a result list with FLAMES acronym i.e [“Friends”, “Love”, “Affection”, “Marriage”, “Enemy”, “Siblings”]. Now start removing word one by one untill list not contains only one word, using the total count which we got. the word which remains in the last, is the result.

Below is the implementation :

# function for removing common characters
# with their respective occurences
def remove_match_char(list1, list2):
    for i in range(len(list1)) :
        for j in range(len(list2)) :
            # if common character is found
            # then remove that character
            # and return list of concatenated
            # list with Ture Flag
            if list1[i] == list2[j] :
                c = list1[i]
                # remove character from the list
                # concatenation of two list elements with *
                # * is act as border mark here
                list3 = list1 + ["*"] + list2
                # return the concatenated list with True flag
                return [list3, True]
    # no common characters is found
    # return the concatenated list with False flag
    list3 = list1 + ["*"] + list2
    return [list3, False]
# Driver code
if __name__ == "__main__" :
    # take first name   
    p1 = input("Player 1 name : ")
    # converted all letters into lower case
    p1 = p1.lower()
    # replace any space with empty string
    p1.replace(" ", "")
    # make a list of letters or characters
    p1_list = list(p1)
    # take 2nd name
    p2 = input("Player 2 name : ")
    p2 = p2.lower()
    p2.replace(" ", "")
    p2_list = list(p2)
    # taking a flag as True initially
    proceed = True
    # keep calling remove_match_char function
    # untill common characters is found or
    # keep looping untill proceed flag is True
    while proceed :
        # function calling and store return value 
        ret_list = remove_match_char(p1_list, p2_list)
        # take out concatenated list from return list
        con_list = ret_list[0]
        # take out flag value from return list
        proceed = ret_list[1]
        # find the index of "*" / border mark
        star_index = con_list.index("*")
        # list slicing perform
        # all characters before * store in p1_list
        p1_list = con_list[ : star_index]
        # all characters after * store in p2_list
        p2_list = con_list[star_index + 1 : ]
    # count total remaining characters
    count = len(p1_list) + len(p2_list)
    # list of FLAMES acronym
    result = ["Friends", "Love", "Affection", "Marriage", "Enemy", "Siblings"]
    # keep looping untill only one item
    # is not remaining in the result list
    while len(result) > 1 :
        # store that index value from
        # where we have to perform slicing.
        split_index = (count % len(result) - 1)
        # this steps is done for performing
        # anticlock-wise circular fashion counting.
        if split_index >= 0 :
            # list slicing
            right = result[split_index + 1 : ]
            left = result[ : split_index]
            # list concatenation
            result = right + left
        else :
            result = result[ : len(result) - 1]
    # print final result
    print("Relationship status :", result[0])


Player 1 name : ANKIT
Player 2 name : DEEPIKA
Relationship status : Marriage

This article is attributed to GeeksforGeeks.org

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