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« on: December 14, 2020, 12:46:05 am »
2021-10-18 Update: For Friends at Syntax Bomb attached below is most recent Connect 4 with AI for 8x8 board and source and program compiled for Windows.

Just finished an update of this old classic:
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OPTION _EXPLICIT
_TITLE "Connect 4 8x8: AI challenge" 'b+ 2020-12-14 rewrite

DEFLNG A-Z
CONST SQ = 60 '       square or grid cell
CONST SW = SQ * 10 '  screen width
CONST SH = SQ * 11 '  screen height
CONST N = 8 '         number of rows and columns
CONST NM1 = N - 1 '   N minus 1
CONST P = 1 '       Player is 1 on grid
CONST AI = -1 '     AI is -1 on grid
CONST XO = SQ '     x offset for grid
CONST YO = 2 * SQ ' y offset for grid

REDIM SHARED Grid(NM1, NM1) ' 0 = empty  P=1 for Player,  AI=-1  for AI so -4 is win for AI..
REDIM SHARED DX(7), DY(7), WinX, WinY, WinD, GameOn, Turn, AIX, AIY, GoFirst ' if find a win, draw it in ShowGrid
DX(0) = 1: DY(0) = 0 ': DString\$(0) = "East"
DX(1) = 1: DY(1) = 1 ': DString\$(1) = "South East"
DX(2) = 0: DY(2) = 1 ': DString\$(2) = "South"
DX(3) = -1: DY(3) = 1 ': DString\$(3) = "South West"
DX(4) = -1: DY(4) = 0 ': DString\$(4) = "West"
DX(5) = -1: DY(5) = -1 ': DString\$(5) = "North West"
DX(6) = 0: DY(6) = -1 ': DString\$(6) = "North"
DX(7) = 1: DY(7) = -1 ' : DString\$(7) = "North East"

SCREEN _NEWIMAGE(SW, SH, 32)
_SCREENMOVE 360, 60
DIM mb, mx, my, row, col, r
GameOn = -1: GoFirst = AI: Turn = AI
ShowGrid
WHILE GameOn
IF Turn = P THEN
WHILE _MOUSEINPUT: WEND
mb = _MOUSEBUTTON(1): mx = _MOUSEX: my = _MOUSEY
IF mb THEN 'get last place mouse button was down
_DELAY .25 'for mouse release
row = ((my - YO) / SQ - .5): col = ((mx - XO) / SQ - .5)
IF col >= 0 AND col <= NM1 AND row >= 0 AND row < 8 THEN
r = GetOpenRow(col) 'find next space open on board
IF r <> N THEN
Grid(col, r) = P
Turn = AI
END IF
ELSE
BEEP
END IF
END IF
ELSE
AIMove
Turn = P
END IF
ShowGrid
_DISPLAY
_LIMIT 60
WEND

SUB AIMove
' What this sub does in English:
' This sub assigns the value to playing each column, then plays the best value with following caveats:
' + If it finds a winning move, it will play that immediately.
' + If it finds a spoiler move, it will play that if no winning move was found.
' + It will poisen the column's scoring, if opponent can play a winning move if AI plays this column,
'   but it might be the only legal move left.  We will have to play it if no better score was found.

DIM c, r, d, cntA, cntP, bestScore, startR, startC, iStep, test, goodF, i
DIM openRow(NM1) ' find open rows once
DIM scores(NM1) ' evaluate each column's potential
AIX = -1: AIY = -1 ' set these when AI makes move, they are signal to display procedure AI's move.
FOR c = 0 TO NM1
openRow(c) = GetOpenRow(c)
r = openRow(c)
IF r <> N THEN
FOR d = 0 TO 3 ' 4 directions to build connect 4's that use cell c, r
startC = c + -3 * DX(d): startR = r + -3 * DY(d)
FOR i = 0 TO 3 ' here we backup from the potential connect 4 in opposite build direction of c, r
cntA = 0: cntP = 0: goodF = -1 ' reset counts and flag for good connect 4
'from this start position run 4 steps forward to count all connects involving cell c, r
FOR iStep = 0 TO 3 ' process a potential connect 4
test = GR(startC + i * DX(d) + iStep * DX(d), startR + i * DY(d) + iStep * DY(d))
IF test = N THEN goodF = 0: EXIT FOR 'cant get connect4 from here
IF test = AI THEN cntA = cntA + 1
IF test = P THEN cntP = cntP + 1
NEXT iStep
IF goodF THEN 'evaluate the Legal Connect4 we could build with c, r
IF cntA = 3 THEN ' we are done!  winner!
AIX = c: AIY = r ' <<< this is the needed 4th cell to win tell ShowGrid last cell
Grid(c, r) = AI '  <<< this is the needed 4th cell to win, add to grid this is AI move
EXIT SUB
ELSEIF cntP = 3 THEN 'next best move spoiler!
AIX = c: AIY = r 'set the move but don't exit there might be a winner
ELSEIF cntA = 0 AND cntP = 2 THEN
scores(c) = scores(c) + 6
ELSEIF cntA = 2 AND cntP = 0 THEN ' very good offense or defense
scores(c) = scores(c) + 5 'play this to connect 3 or prevent player from Connect 3
ELSEIF cntA = 0 AND cntP = 1 THEN
scores(c) = scores(c) + 4
ELSEIF (cntA = 1 AND cntP = 0) OR (cntA = 0 AND cntP = 1) THEN 'good offense or defense
scores(c) = scores(c) + 3 ' play this to connect 2 or prevent player from Connect 2
ELSEIF (cntA = 0 AND cntP = 0) THEN ' OK it's not a wasted move as it has potential for connect4
scores(c) = scores(c) + 1 ' this is good move because this can still be a Connect 4
END IF
END IF ' in the board
NEXT i
NEXT d
IF Stupid(c, r) THEN scores(c) = -1000 + scores(c) ' poison because if played the human can win
END IF
NEXT
IF AIX <> -1 THEN ' we found a spoiler so move there since we haven't found a winner
Grid(AIX, AIY) = AI ' make move on grid and done!
EXIT SUB
ELSE
bestScore = -1000 ' a negative score indicates that the player can beat AI with their next move
FOR c = 0 TO NM1
r = openRow(c)
IF r <> N THEN
IF scores(c) > bestScore THEN bestScore = scores(c): AIY = r: AIX = c
END IF
NEXT
IF AIX <> -1 THEN
Grid(AIX, AIY) = AI ' make first best score move we found
ELSE 'We have trouble!  Oh but it could be there are no moves!!!
' checkWin is run after every move by AI or Player if there were no legal moves left it should have caught that.
' Just in case it didn't here is an error stop!

'note: LOCATE here is Row, Column the reverse of Just Basic
BEEP: LOCATE 4, 2: PRINT "AI has failed to find a proper move, pess any to end..."
SLEEP ' <<< pause until user presses a key
END
END IF
END IF
END SUB

FUNCTION GetOpenRow (forCol)
DIM i
GetOpenRow = N 'assume none open
IF forCol < 0 OR forCol > NM1 THEN EXIT FUNCTION
FOR i = NM1 TO 0 STEP -1
IF Grid(forCol, i) = 0 THEN GetOpenRow = i: EXIT FUNCTION
NEXT
END FUNCTION

FUNCTION Stupid (c, r)
DIM pr

Grid(c, r) = AI
pr = GetOpenRow(c)
IF pr <> N THEN
Grid(c, pr) = P
IF CheckWin = 4 THEN Stupid = -1
Grid(c, pr) = 0
END IF
Grid(c, r) = 0
END FUNCTION

FUNCTION GR (c, r) ' if c, r are out of bounds returns N else returns grid(c, r)
' need to check the grid(c, r) but only if c, r is on the board
IF c < 0 OR c > NM1 OR r < 0 OR r > NM1 THEN GR = N ELSE GR = Grid(c, r)
END FUNCTION

SUB ShowGrid
DIM i, r, c, check, s\$, y\$
CLS
FOR i = 0 TO N 'grid
LINE (SQ * i + XO, YO)-STEP(0, N * SQ), &HFF00FF00
LINE (XO, SQ * i + YO)-STEP(N * SQ, 0), &HFF00FF00
NEXT
FOR r = NM1 TO 0 STEP -1 'plays
FOR c = 0 TO NM1
'in grid rows are reversed 0 is top row
IF Grid(c, r) = P THEN
LINE (c * SQ + XO + 3, r * SQ + YO + 3)-STEP(SQ - 6, SQ - 6), &HFFFF0000, BF
ELSEIF Grid(c, r) = AI THEN
IF c = AIX AND r = AIY THEN 'highlite last AI move
LINE (c * SQ + XO + 3, r * SQ + YO + 3)-STEP(SQ - 6, SQ - 6), &HFF5555FF, BF
ELSE
LINE (c * SQ + XO + 3, r * SQ + YO + 3)-STEP(SQ - 6, SQ - 6), &HFF0000FF, BF
END IF
END IF
NEXT
NEXT
_DISPLAY
check = CheckWin
IF check THEN 'report end of round ad see if want to play again
IF check = 4 OR check = -4 THEN
FOR i = 0 TO 3
LINE ((WinX + i * DX(WinD)) * SQ + XO + 5, (WinY + i * DY(WinD)) * SQ + YO + 5)-STEP(SQ - 10, SQ - 10), &HFFFFFFFF, B
NEXT
END IF
IF check = -4 THEN
s\$ = "AI is Winner!"
ELSEIF check = 4 THEN
s\$ = "Human is Winner!"
ELSEIF check = N THEN
s\$ = "Board is full, no winner." ' keep Turn the same
END IF
LOCATE 2, 2: PRINT s\$
_DISPLAY
LOCATE 4, 2: INPUT "Play again? just press enter quit with any other ", y\$
IF y\$ = "" THEN
REDIM Grid(NM1, NM1)
IF GoFirst = P THEN GoFirst = AI ELSE GoFirst = P
Turn = GoFirst
ELSE
GameOn = 0
END IF
END IF
END SUB

FUNCTION CheckWin
DIM gridFull, r, c, s, i
' return WinX, WinY, WinD along with +/- score, returns N  if grid full, 0 if no win and grid not full
gridFull = N
FOR r = NM1 TO 0 STEP -1 'bottom to top
FOR c = 0 TO NM1
IF Grid(c, r) THEN 'check if c starts a row
IF c < NM1 - 2 THEN
s = 0
FOR i = 0 TO 3
s = s + Grid(c + i, r)
NEXT
IF s = 4 OR s = -4 THEN
WinX = c: WinY = r: WinD = 0
CheckWin = s: EXIT FUNCTION
END IF
END IF
IF r > 2 THEN 'check if c starts a col
s = 0
FOR i = 0 TO 3
s = s + Grid(c, r - i)
NEXT
IF s = 4 OR s = -4 THEN
WinX = c: WinY = r: WinD = 6 'north
CheckWin = s: EXIT FUNCTION
END IF
END IF
IF r > 2 AND c < NM1 - 2 THEN 'check if c starts diagonal up to right
s = 0
FOR i = 0 TO 3
s = s + Grid(c + i, r - i)
NEXT
IF s = 4 OR s = -4 THEN ' north  east
WinX = c: WinY = r: WinD = 7
CheckWin = s: EXIT FUNCTION
END IF
END IF
IF r > 2 AND c > 2 THEN 'check if c starts a diagonal up to left
s = 0
FOR i = 0 TO 3
s = s + Grid(c - i, r - i)
NEXT
IF s = 4 OR s = -4 THEN ' north west
WinX = c: WinY = r: WinD = 5
CheckWin = s: EXIT FUNCTION
END IF
END IF
ELSE
gridFull = 0 ' at least one enpty cell left
END IF 'grid is something
NEXT
NEXT
CheckWin = gridFull
END FUNCTION

EDIT: oops, still clearing remnants of old code. Again, don't need debug stuff anymore either.

So far, I've only been able to tie the AI.
« Last Edit: October 18, 2021, 11:56:37 am by bplus » NOVARSEG

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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2020, 01:18:18 am »
Sometime when I click on a square a different square goes red bplus Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2020, 01:23:52 am »
Sometime when I click on a square a different square goes red

Interesting, when I switched from Single default to DEFLNG A-Z, I had to adjust line 37 by adding in the .5's, maybe your system doesn't need that? segura Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2020, 05:23:51 am »
Sometime when I click on a square a different square goes red
Maybe you are having some resolution problem? Dav Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2020, 08:41:43 am »
Nice.  Plays pretty strong!  I haven't won yet (but I even have a hard time with tic-tac-toe sometimes). Lol at Stupid FUNCTION name.

- Dav bplus Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2020, 10:02:43 am »
Welcome to the forum segura!

Nice.  Plays pretty strong!  I haven't won yet (but I even have a hard time with tic-tac-toe sometimes). Lol at Stupid FUNCTION name.

- Dav

Thanks Dav, I haven't beaten it yet either. I was beating it regularly with one little trick then tweaked the scoring system to play more defensive by raising the scoring of such plays. I've tied it once :) SpriggsySpriggs

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2020, 10:41:12 am »
Good job, @bplus

I cannot beat the AI. I tried several times and just couldn't do it. I'd get so close to winning and then suddenly I've lost. Excellent. Now we need @Ashish to make it in OpenGL so we can have 3D game pieces fall through the board. bplus Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2020, 11:14:00 am »
Thanks Spriggsy,

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so we can have 3D game pieces fall through the board

LOL, how about a button to blow up the board? If the AI is that good, one might be in the mood! ;-)) SierraKen Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2020, 12:58:05 pm »
LOL there is no way to win this game! LOL Because as long as the computer plays first, he has the upper hand. bplus Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2020, 03:45:16 pm »
LOL there is no way to win this game! LOL Because as long as the computer plays first, he has the upper hand.

Well it has been proved mathematically a 7x6 can only be won by first player if both play perfect!

That is why I have 8x8, it hasn't been proven for that, that I've heard, but haven't checked recently.

Also the game alternates who goes first, AI starts first because I was testing and editing code for it ALLOT! but you get your chance to go first every other Turn, and you know you have the source code so you CAN go first always! You CAN win always ;-)) but what's the fun in fixing the system?
« Last Edit: December 14, 2020, 03:46:24 pm by bplus » SierraKen Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2020, 04:06:12 pm »
LOL OK. :) Dav Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2020, 04:23:31 pm »
I've enjoyed the challenge of this game.  Haven't won yet.  I was about to put my name in the Stupid function and quit, but played 1 more and reached a tie game.  So I'll keep trying....

- Dav bplus Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2020, 04:46:56 pm »
I've enjoyed the challenge of this game.  Haven't won yet.  I was about to put my name in the Stupid function and quit, but played 1 more and reached a tie game.  So I'll keep trying....

- Dav

I am thinking of a reward but I would need a screen shot and list of moves that I should be able replicate (no RND function was used in this code). Yeah I am talking serious prize, maybe donation to your favorite charity, 'tis the season after all! ;-)) STxAxTIC Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2020, 05:36:45 pm »
took two tries. computer went first
You're not done when it works, you're done when it's right. STxAxTIC Re: 8x8 Connect 4: AI Challenge
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2020, 05:40:11 pm »
another one
You're not done when it works, you're done when it's right.