Blindfold Pool: Computer Opponent

This is the fourth blog about Blindfold Pool.  Click Blindfold Pool for earlier blogs about the game.

When you play against a computer player, you want a fair game.  The computer opponent can’t be too much better or worse than you, or the game isn’t fun.

robot playing pool

The computer opponent in Blindfold Pool works like the computer player in Blindfold Bowling.  Based on the skill level you pick, the computer picks a clear shot, and then may or may not make the shot, based on a simple mathematical formula.  The further the shot is, the less likely the computer will make the shot.

If the shot is easy, but the mathematical formula determines the shot was a failure, the computer shoots either too powerfully, or the angle is slightly off.  That too is part of the mathematical formula.

If there’s no clear shot, the computer just shoots into the pack of pool balls, hoping for the best.

As you play the game, you hear the computer announce what his intention is, you hear the shot, the balls knocking into each other, and finally, the result.

Like the other Blindfold games, you can change the name and voice of your opponents, in addition to its skill.  Some of the games even let you set the type of player, such as aggressive or passive, or better at certain types of shots.

The mathematics behind the combined skill and luck factor is pretty easy, but I won’t go into here.  Click to read my other blog about building computer opponents.

You can download the game here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blindfold-pool/id1099269929?mt=8

 

 

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