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Posted 3 Dec 2008

Middle East Map Game with C# in WPF

, 3 Dec 2008
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A simple game with C# and Expression Blend 2 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1.



This is a simple game in WPF that gives you some information about working with XAML and C#. I also use a little LINQ for reading the XML files.


There are some Flash games like this project here, I actually got the idea from there.

Using the code

First, I created Middle East's map. For that, I used a Pen of Expression Blend 2 EBpen.jpg. I put the original map image in the back of my layout space, and then I drew the lines according to the country borders with the Pen. At last, I had a Path code in XAML like this:

<Path Fill="#FF3DAB0F" Stretch="Fill" Stroke="#FF000000" 

    HorizontalAlignment="Right" Margin="0,39.687,0,192.468" 

    x:Name="Iran" Width="243.538" 

    Data="M151.72299,176.838 L154.42299,177.93799 151.82297,180.43799 
        149.823,181.53798 146.62303, ..." />

After creating the map, I created four Storyboards for my game:

<!-- When Mouse enters the bound of a country -->
<Storyboard x:Key="StoryboardMouseEnter">...</storyboard>
<!-- When Mouse leaves the bound of a country -->
<Storyboard x:Key="StoryboardMouseLeave">...</storyboard>
<!-- When the program should shows a new question -->
<Storyboard x:Key="StoryboardInfo1">...</storyboard><!-- fade out -->
<Storyboard x:Key="StoryboardInfo2">...</storyboard><!-- fade in -->

OK, now I have tocontrol them (Storyboards) with C#:

void country_MouseEnter(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
        Path senderPath = (Path)sender;
    catch (Exception ex)
        MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Exception", MessageBoxButton.OK);

void country_MouseLeave(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
    catch (Exception ex)
        MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Exception", MessageBoxButton.OK);

//I've created a XML file and wrote country information in it (XMLcountriesInfo.XML)
//In this method I've used LINQ for reading information from XML file
void updateCountryInfo(string countryName)
        var countryNode = from c in xmlFile.Descendants(countryName)
        select c;
        var Area = (from q in countryNode.Descendants("Area")
                    select q).First().Value;
        var Population = (from q in countryNode.Descendants("Population")
                        select q).First().Value;
        var Capital = (from q in countryNode.Descendants("Capital")
                    select q).First().Value;
        var OfficialLanguage = (from q in countryNode.Descendants("OfficialLanguage")
                        select q).First().Value;
        var flagName = (from q in countryNode.Descendants("flagName")
                    select q).First().Value;
        this.NameOfCountry.Text = countryName;
        this.Flag.Source = new 
                BitmapImage(new Uri("Flags\\" + flagName, UriKind.Relative));
        this.area.Text = Area + " KM2";
        this.population.Text = Population; = Capital;
        this.languages.Text = OfficialLanguage;
    catch { }

After that, I check whether the user answers the question correctly or not:

void changeColorValue(string countryName)
        //changing color of target path
        Color newColor = (Color)ColorConverter.ConvertFromString(this.enterColorString);
        ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames colorAnimationUsingKeyFrames 
            = (from c in StoryboardMouseEnter.Children
              where (Storyboard.GetTargetName(c) == countryName) 
              select c).First() as ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames;
        colorAnimationUsingKeyFrames.KeyFrames[0].Value = newColor;
        //changing color of others path except target
        Color grayColor = (Color)ColorConverter.ConvertFromString(this.leaveColorString);
        var othersColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames = from c in StoryboardMouseEnter.Children
        where (Storyboard.GetTargetName(c) != countryName)
        select c;
        foreach (ColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames tmp in othersColorAnimationUsingKeyFrames)
        tmp.KeyFrames[0].Value = grayColor;
    catch (Exception ex)
            MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Exception", MessageBoxButton.OK);

void changeQuestion()
        string[] countries = new string[] { "Iran", "Turkey", 
            "Iraq", "Kuwait", "Bahrain", "Oman", 
            "Qatar", "SaudiArabia", "UAE", 
            "Yemen", "Israel", "Jordan", 
            "Lebanon", "Syria", "Egypt", 
            "Palestine" };
        Random rand = new Random(DateTime.Now.Second.GetHashCode());
        this.answer = countries[rand.Next(0, countries.Count() - 1)];
    catch (Exception ex)
        MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Exception", MessageBoxButton.OK);

void StoryboardInfo1_Completed(object sender, EventArgs e)
    catch (Exception ex)
        MessageBox.Show(ex.Message, "Exception", MessageBoxButton.OK);


  • 03 December, 2008: First post.


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Generalmer30 Pin
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GeneralRe: mer30 Pin
Mohammad Dayyan1-Aug-14 18:41
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QuestionRegarding MouseEnter/MouseLeave etc. Pin
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QuestionGood Job helpful for Kids Pin
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AnswerRe: Good Job helpful for Kids Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
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GeneralGulf not Golf :) Pin
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GeneralI have problem Pin
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GeneralVB version Pin
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GeneralFYI: this requires .NET 3.5 SP1 Pin
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GeneralError [modified] Pin
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GeneralNicely done Pin
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