# maze problem

hi there,

i m trying to design my own version of pac man(multiplayer game) whereby i have 2 people chasing each other around a maze. my problem is that when i get to a wall i m able to penetrate through. how do i stop this from occuring. i also need to draw a maze like this: how
do i do this? or any other maze you can think of.

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• [blue]You need to represent a maze as a 2D array, where each cell is adressed by a pair of (row,column) coordinates. Each cell can be occupied by:

1. pacman (you control it with keyboard)
2. chaser(s) - controlled by AI of your code
3. wall
4. empty space (the cell into which you can move if possible)

First - you generate a maze walls, by simple method:

1. Create the circles for corridors separated by walls:
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To do that fill your whole 2D array with walls and then carve the pathways by randomly selecting a wall cell and eliminating it with a space, so you get something like this:
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[/code]Do not remove the outer walls, or you will be able to run outside of the perimeter and that is where universe ends, so no one knows what will happen! :-)

Jokes aside - PACMAN is not an easy game to write. Without the good AI - there is no fun at all.

Put some cool things in the empty pathways, so you can pick them up and do some damage to the chasers. The chaser should move into the cell which gives the lower distance to your character (cell with pacman symbol). When being on a straight line with pacman (line of sight) chaser can add some little speed - very small amount, so escape is possible by turning into some nearby pathway.

You may want to choose graphics mode for this, because text will not give as much flexibility in design.

So, does it help?[/blue]