The Slimetrail Text App

  • Recommended time to spend on this part: 5 minutes
  • Recommended finishing before: 10:00am

A text interface similar to the web one you used to far has been realized. To get it clone the following git repository:

git clone -b ScalaIO.2018
cd slimetrail.scalajs
sbt text/run

You should see something like this:

Text User Interface

The project is divided into three sbt modules:

  • text implements the text user interface.
  • slimetrail implements the game's logic.
  • toolbox defines various useful things.

Do not modify any file under the toolbox, slimetrail and text directories!!!

Note that text does not include any game logic and slimetail does not include any interface code. This strict isolation is crucial to make things work.

Run the following commands to generate the scaladoc for the text, slimetrail and text projects.

  • sbt toolbox\doc
  • sbt slimetrail\doc
  • sbt text\doc

Now open the generated documentations in your browser.

The Game Loop

  • Recommended time to spend on this part: 10 minutes
  • Recommended finishing before: 10:10am

The execution of the game follows a simple and widespread technique:

  • A data structure, the GameState, represents the possible states of the game.
  • On every user Action, the game update the current state to reflect the changes made by the Action.
  • On every state change, the game renders the new state on the screen.

More generally an application defines a type Model which represents the states the application can take. It also defines a type Msg which represents the events that make the application to transition from the current state to a new one. This new state is computed using the function update based on the current state model and the event message. The view function is responsible of rendering the current state on the screen and producing a message from user inputs.

All of this is summarized in the following two traits which represents an application. Take a close look at how the run procedure works.

trait Application {
  type Model
  val initialModel: Model

  type Msg

  def update(message: Msg, model: Model): Model

trait TextApplication extends Application {

  def view(model: Model): Msg

  final def run(): Unit = {
    def loop(model: Model): Unit = {
      val msg: Msg = view(model)
      val nextModel: Model = update(msg, model)


The Slimetrail application is implemented by the class SlimetrailTextApp. Note that the Model is GameState and events are Action.