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Walter Savitch ,kenrick Mock
Polymorphism And Virtual Functions
Programming Projects
Question:4 | ISBN:9780132846813 | Edition: 5


This Programming Project requires that you first complete Programming Project 14.9 from Chapter 14.

class Creature



int type; // 0 human, 1 cyberdemon, 2 balrog, 3 elf

int strength; // How much damage we can inflict

int hitpoints; // How much damage we can sustain

string getSpecies(); // Returns type of species

public :

Creature( );

// Initialize to human, 10 strength, 10 hit points

Creature( int newType, int newStrength, int newHit);

// Initialize creature to new type, strength, hit points

// Also add appropriate accessor and mutator functions

// for type, strength, and hit points

int getDamage();

// Returns amount of damage this creature

// inflicts in one round of combat


Here is an implementation of the getSpecies( ) function:

string Creature::getSpecies()


switch (type)


case 0: return "Human";

case 1: return "Cyberdemon";

case 2: return "Balrog";

case 3: return "Elf";


return "Unknown";


The getDamage( ) function outputs and returns the damage this creature can inflict in one round of combat. The rules for calculating the damage are as follows:

■ Every creature inflicts damage that is a random number r, where 0 6 r 6= strength .

■ Demons have a 5% chance of inflicting a demonic attack, which is an additional 50 damage points. Balrogs and Cyberdemons are demons.

■ Elves have a 10% chance to inflict a magical attack that doubles the normal amount of damage.

■ Balrogs are very fast, so they get to attack twice.

An implementation of getDamage( ) is given here:

int Creature::getDamage( )


int damage;

// All creatures inflict damage, which is a

// random number up to their strength

damage = (rand( ) % strength) + 1;

cout << getSpecies( ) << " attacks for " <<

damage << "points!" << endl;

// Demons can inflict damage of 50 with a 5% chance

if ((type = 2) || (type == 1))

if ((rand( ) % 100) < 5)


damage = damage + 50;

cout << "Demonic attack inflicts 50 "

<< "additional damage points!" << endl;


// Elves inflict double magical damage with a 10% chance

if (type == 3)


if ((rand( ) % 10)==0)


cout << "Magical attack inflicts " << damage<<

"additional damage points!" << endl;

damage = damage * 2;



// Balrogs are so fast they get to attack twice

if (type == 2)


int damage2 = (rand() % strength) + 1;

cout << "Balrog speed attack inflicts " << damage2 <<

"additional damage points!" << endl;

damage = damage + damage2;


return damage;


One problem with this implementation is that it is unwieldy to add new creatures. Rewrite the class to use inheritance, which will eliminate the need for the variable type. The Creature class should be the base class. The classes Demon, Elf, and Human should be derived from Creature. The classes Cyberdemon and Balrog should be derived from Demon. You will need to rewrite the getSpecies( ) and getDamage( ) functions so they are appropriate for each class.

For example, the getDamage( ) function in each class should only compute the damage appropriate for that object. The total damage is then calculated by combining the results of getDamage( ) at each level of the inheritance hierarchy. As an example, invoking getDamage( ) for a Balrog object should invoke getDamage( ) for the Demon object, which should invoke getDamage( ) for the Creature object. This will compute the basic damage that all creatures inflict, followed by the random 5% damage that demons inflict, followed by the double damage that balrogs inflict.

Also include mutator and accessor functions for the private variables. Write a main function that contains a driver to test your classes. It should create an object for each type of creature and repeatedly outputs the results of getDamage( ). First, make the getDamage( ) function virtual. Then, make a function in your main program, battleArena(Creature &creature1, Creature &creature2), that takes two Creature objects as input. The function should calculate the damage done by creature1, subtract that amount from creature2’ s hit points, and vice versa. If both creatures end up with zero or less hit points, then the battle is a tie. Otherwise, at the end of a round, if one creature has positive hit points but the other does not, then the battle is over. The function should loop until the battle is either a tie or over. Since the getDamage( ) function is virtual, it should invoke the getDamage( ) function defined for the specific creature. Test your program with several battles involving different creatures.


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