Anurag Rana

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Text-based snake and ladder game in python

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I quickly wrote a python program to play text-based snake and ladder game in the terminal.

Any advance python concept is not used in this code. However, it is a fun thing to do for a beginner in order to learn how to use multiple concepts in your program.

Few basic concepts used in this code are:

  • Dictionary
  • List
  • Generating random number
  • Selecting a Random value from a list
  • Adding wait/sleep in program
  • Conditional Statements i.e. IF and ELSE
  • Getting input from user

You can download the code from Github.

What is happening in Game:
1- Display the welcome message
2- Collect the player’s names
3- Until one of the player wins do the following:
3.1- Roll the dice
3.2- Move the player forward for the value got on the dice roll.
3.3- If the player is on snake’s head, move down to its tail
3.4- If the player is on ladder’s bottom, take it to its top
3.5- else remain there and let the second player roll the dice

Run the game using command python3


# Text based snake and ladder game
# Author -

import time
import random
import sys

# just of effects. add a delay of 1 second before performing any action
MAX_VAL = 100

# snake takes you down from 'key' to 'value'
snakes = {
    8: 4,
    18: 1,
    26: 10,
    39: 5,
    51: 6,
    54: 36,
    56: 1,
    60: 23,
    75: 28,
    83: 45,
    85: 59,
    90: 48,
    92: 25,
    97: 87,
    99: 63

# ladder takes you up from 'key' to 'value'
ladders = {
    3: 20,
    6: 14,
    11: 28,
    15: 34,
    17: 74,
    22: 37,
    38: 59,
    49: 67,
    57: 76,
    61: 78,
    73: 86,
    81: 98,
    88: 91

player_turn_text = [
    "Your turn.",
    "Please proceed.",
    "Lets win this.",
    "Are you ready?",

snake_bite = [
    "snake bite",
    "oh no",

ladder_jump = [
    "nailed it",
    "oh my God...",

def welcome_msg():
    msg = """
    Welcome to Snake and Ladder Game.
    Version: 1.0.0
    Developed by:
      1. Initally both the players are at starting position i.e. 0. 
         Take it in turns to roll the dice. 
         Move forward the number of spaces shown on the dice.
      2. If you lands at the bottom of a ladder, you can move up to the top of the ladder.
      3. If you lands on the head of a snake, you must slide down to the bottom of the snake.
      4. The first player to get to the FINAL position is the winner.
      5. Hit enter to roll the dice.

def get_player_names():
    player1_name = None
    while not player1_name:
        player1_name = input("Please enter a valid name for first player: ").strip()

    player2_name = None
    while not player2_name:
        player2_name = input("Please enter a valid name for second player: ").strip()

    print("\nMatch will be played between '" + player1_name + "' and '" + player2_name + "'\n")
    return player1_name, player2_name

def get_dice_value():
    dice_value = random.randint(1, DICE_FACE)
    print("Its a " + str(dice_value))
    return dice_value

def got_snake_bite(old_value, current_value, player_name):
    print("\n" + random.choice(snake_bite).upper() + " ~~~~~~~~>")
    print("\n" + player_name + " got a snake bite. Down from " + str(old_value) + " to " + str(current_value))

def got_ladder_jump(old_value, current_value, player_name):
    print("\n" + random.choice(ladder_jump).upper() + " ########")
    print("\n" + player_name + " climbed the ladder from " + str(old_value) + " to " + str(current_value))

def snake_ladder(player_name, current_value, dice_value):
    old_value = current_value
    current_value = current_value + dice_value

    if current_value > MAX_VAL:
        print("You need " + str(MAX_VAL - old_value) + " to win this game. Keep trying.")
        return old_value

    print("\n" + player_name + " moved from " + str(old_value) + " to " + str(current_value))
    if current_value in snakes:
        final_value = snakes.get(current_value)
        got_snake_bite(current_value, final_value, player_name)

    elif current_value in ladders:
        final_value = ladders.get(current_value)
        got_ladder_jump(current_value, final_value, player_name)

        final_value = current_value

    return final_value

def check_win(player_name, position):
    if MAX_VAL == position:
        print("\n\n\nThats it.\n\n" + player_name + " won the game.")
        print("Congratulations " + player_name)
        print("\nThank you for playing the game. Please visit\n\n")

def start():
    player1_name, player2_name = get_player_names()

    player1_current_position = 0
    player2_current_position = 0

    while True:
        input_1 = input("\n" + player1_name + ": " + random.choice(player_turn_text) + " Hit the enter to roll dice: ")
        print("\nRolling dice...")
        dice_value = get_dice_value()
        print(player1_name + " moving....")
        player1_current_position = snake_ladder(player1_name, player1_current_position, dice_value)

        check_win(player1_name, player1_current_position)

        input_2 = input("\n" + player2_name + ": " + random.choice(player_turn_text) + " Hit the enter to roll dice: ")
        print("\nRolling dice...")
        dice_value = get_dice_value()
        print(player2_name + " moving....")
        player2_current_position = snake_ladder(player2_name, player2_current_position, dice_value)

        check_win(player2_name, player2_current_position)

if __name__ == "__main__":

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