Windows 10 Universal App For Name Puzzle Game

Figure 1: Welcome Page

In this article let's see what's new with Windows 10 Technical Preview and how to create a simple Windows Universal App using Visual Studio 2015 RC.


    1. Visual Studio 2015. You can download it from here. (In my example I used Visual Studio Community 2015 RC.)

    2. Pre-release Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 Mobile (download link).

    3. Universal App development Tools (download Link).


I have used the Windows 10 Technical preview OS in this sample program, if you have Windows 10 Technical preview then you can follow it. If you have Windows 8 then you can download the Windows 8 Emulator and follow the same procedure to create your first Universal App. (If you have installed Windows 8 then it will be easy to update Windows 10 Technical Preview with your system).

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Few new, simple and easy for working in Windows 10 Operating System.

Windows Start: In Windows 10 it's simpler and easier to use than Windows 8 that has both the Windows Start programs list in alphabetical order and with the list of apps as we can see below.

Figure 2: Window 10

Programs in Alphabetical Order with easy access

The Start programs list was displayed in alphabetical order with each character as the heading, for example if we click on a letter from the program list then it displays all the letters with numbers.

Figure 3: Display

If we click on V then it displays all the programs that start with V, for example Visual Studio 2015, as in the following.

Figure 4: Search Visual Studio

Windows programs Install and Uninstall List: In Windows 10 all the installed programs list has been displayed under Settings > System > App and features then wait a few seconds since it will load all your installed programs list in the right side.

Click Settings from the Start Menu.

Figure 5: Setting Icon

Click on the System of the first Icon (sorry I have used the Korean OS so the text is all in Korean but I have translated it here for you since the first Icon is System).

Figure 6: Korean OS

Click on Apps and features in the Left menu. This will display all the installed programs in the right side.

Figure 7:Apps And Feature

Wait a few seconds since the list of all installed programs will be loaded one by one in the right side.

Figure 8:Installed Programs

I hope this simple and basic info might help you for starting with Windows 10 Technical Preview for the first time.

Windows Universal Application

The following describes why we need Universal Applications.

If we want an application that needs to be run in any Windows device, for example Windows Phone and Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system, we can develop a single application that can be run in any Windows device using Windows Universal Application.

What is Name Puzzle Game

A Name Puzzle Game is a quiz game where the user needs to select my total character of name from the Hidden Character. I have a set of 12 characters, for example “ABSDEHGZNXCU”. In this total character my name character “SHANU” has been added. Whenever the user clicks on a New Puzzle Game button, I will shuffle all the characters and dynamically load the buttons with the “?” symbol for all the characters. Here we can see when a user clicks on a new game button. I will dynamically load 12 buttons with the “?” symbol as the button text. Now the user will not know which button has my name characters.

When they click on each button I will display the hidden character of the button text. If the button has the same character as my name then I will display my name character in that button and also at the top I will display the character the user has selected correctly. If the user clicked other characters that are not my name character then I will display the “:)” symbol in the button since user failed to select my name character.

Note that the user has only 9 chances out of 12 Buttons. The user must find all my name characters within 9 chances. If they find my total Name character within 9 chances then they have won the puzzle game. They can start a new game and enjoy the game. Every time the user clicks on the new game I will shuffle the characters so the character placed in the previous button place will not be same the next time. If the user does not find my name character within 9 chances then they lose the game.

Figure 9: New Puzzle game


In this article you can find the source code Zip file. In the Zip file I have attached 3 versions of the code folder. Yes I have developed the same application for:

  1. Windows Universal Application Source file
  2. WPF source file
  3. Windows form Source File.
  4. WPF Source Code for Visual Studio 2010

All these 3 applications have been developed using Visual Studio 2015 RC. Download the code and you can change the logic depending on your requirements and have fun.

Code part

Here we can see the simple procedure to create and run your first Universal Application using Visual Studio 2015 RC.

Figure 10: Select Visual Studio 2015

Click Start then select Visual Studio 2015 then select Visual Studio 2015 RC. Click on New Project then click Windows then click Windows Universal then click on Download Windows Universal Tools.

Note that if you haven't installed the Windows Universal Tools then for the first time you need to download and install it as in the following.

Window Universal App

Figure 11: Windows Universal App

When you click OK the Website link will be opened to download the Tools for Windows Universal App development.

In the website you can see in the left side that if you do not install Visual Studio 2015 RC then you can download and install by clicking Get the Tools.

Already Installed

Figure 12:Already Installed

But in my case I have already installed Visual Studio 2015 RC so now I click the right side Add the Tools button to download and install the Tool for developing a Windows Universal app.

Figure 13: After Installation

After Installing the Tool Open the Visual Studio 2015 RC then click New project then click Windows then click Windows Universal then click Blank App and enter your application name.


Here after installing the tools for the Windows Universal App development we can see a few new application lists as Blank App, Class Library and so on. Now as we need to develop the Universal Application we select the Blank App and enter our project name and click OK.

Create Project

Figure 14:Create Project

Now here we can see our first Universal Application development screen. By default the main screen name will be Mainpage.xaml.

Here the design page extension will be Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML). If you have worked with WPF then it will be easy to work with Universal Application as in WPF all form file will be XAML.

Design Page Extension

Figure 15:Design Page Extension

Add controls depending on your requirements and write your first code to display your output. In this example I have used a Textblock (Textblock is similar to a Label Control), TextBox , Button and a grid control. The Grid control is the main since I will add buttons dynamically to the grid whenever the user clicks on the New game button.

To display the Messagebox we need to import using Windows.UI.Popups.

Public variable

Each variable has been commented with its uses.

  1. String myName = "SHANU"// This is used to find the name here I have used “Shanu” as my name you can change as per your name or any word.  
  2. Button[] puzzleButtons; // I have created a declared the button arrays to dynamically load the buttons to grid depend on total NamePuzzle Character length.  
  3. int CharCount = 0; // To check and maintain the user click on each button  
  4. int nameCharCount = 0; // To check and maintain correct character clicked count.if this equals myName.length then the user won the game.  
  5. int findvalue = 9; // To check the reault count which is less then the find value here I have used 9 so the user can check there name trail only for 9 times.  
New Game Button Click

In the new game button click I will check for the total namePuzzle character and add the buttons dynamically to the grid. For the dynamically added buttons I will create a click event for checking each result of the puzzle.
  1. private void button_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {  
  2.     string namePuzzle = "ABSDEHGZNXCU";  
  3.     // to shuffle the character and reorder the characters for new Puzzle Game start  
  4.     Random rnd = new Random();  
  5.     string findmyNameChar = new string(namePuzzle.ToCharArray().  
  6.     OrderBy(s = > (rnd.Next(2) % 2) == 0).ToArray());  
  7.     int xVal = 10;  
  8.     int yVal = 20;  
  9.     int boxWidth = (Convert.ToInt32(pnlButtons.Width) / 3) - 20;  
  10.     int boxHeight = 54;  
  11.     pnlButtons.Children.Clear();  
  12.     CharCount = 0;  
  13.     nameCharCount = 0;  
  14.     lblmyNameChars.Text = "";  
  15.     MessageDialog dlg = new MessageDialog("Note : you have only 9 Chance to find my name and my Name total Character is 5""Find My Name");  
  16.     dlg.ShowAsync();  
  17.     puzzleButtons = new Button[findmyNameChar.Length];  
  18.     int column = 0;  
  19.     int rows = 0;  
  20.     for (int i = 0; i < findmyNameChar.Length; i++) {  
  21.         puzzleButtons[i] = new Button();  
  22.         puzzleButtons[i].Name = findmyNameChar[i].ToString();  
  23.         puzzleButtons[i].FontSize = 24;  
  24.         puzzleButtons[i].Background = new SolidColorBrush(Windows.UI.Colors.Orange);  
  25.         puzzleButtons[i].Foreground = new SolidColorBrush(Windows.UI.Colors.Black);  
  26.         puzzleButtons[i].Width = boxWidth;  
  27.         puzzleButtons[i].Height = boxHeight;  
  28.         puzzleButtons[i].Content = "?";  
  29.         puzzleButtons[i].HorizontalAlignment = HorizontalAlignment.Left;  
  30.         puzzleButtons[i].VerticalAlignment = VerticalAlignment.Top;  
  31.         puzzleButtons[i].Margin = new Thickness(xVal, yVal, 0, 0);  
  32.         puzzleButtons[i].Click += new RoutedEventHandler(btnPuzzleArray_Click);  
  33.         pnlButtons.Children.Add(puzzleButtons[i]);  
  35.         xVal = xVal + boxWidth + 10;  
  36.         column = column + 1;  
  38.         if (xVal + 100 >= pnlButtons.Width) {  
  39.             rows = rows + 1;  
  40.             column = 0;  
  41.             xVal = 10;  
  42.             yVal = yVal + boxHeight + 20;  
  43.         }  
  45.     }  
  46. }  
In the dynamically created button click I will check the clicked character with the Name. If the character is found in the name then I will increment the count value. If the count value is equal to the Name total character length then I will display the message box since the user has won the puzzle game.
  1. private void btnPuzzleArray_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {  
  2.     Button tb = (Button) sender;  
  3.     CharCount = CharCount + 1;  
  4.     if (CharCount > findvalue) {  
  5.         if (nameCharCount >= myName.Length) {  
  6.             MessageDialog dlg = new MessageDialog("Wow You find my name with in your trial limit ""Find My Name");  
  7.             dlg.ShowAsync();  
  8.         } else {  
  9.             MessageDialog dlg = new MessageDialog("Sorry your can try only 9 time and start New game""Find My Name");  
  10.             dlg.ShowAsync();  
  12.         }  
  14.         return;  
  15.     }  
  17.     if (myName.ToUpperInvariant().Contains(tb.Name.ToString()) == true) {  
  18.         tb.Content = tb.Name.ToString();  
  20.         tb.IsEnabled = false;  
  22.         tb.Foreground = new SolidColorBrush(Windows.UI.Colors.Green);  
  23.         nameCharCount = nameCharCount + 1;  
  24.         lblmyNameChars.Text = lblmyNameChars.Text + tb.Name.ToString();  
  25.         lblmyNameChars.Visibility = Visibility.Visible;  
  26.     } else {  
  27.         tb.Content = ":(";  
  29.         tb.IsEnabled = false;  
  31.         tb.Foreground = new SolidColorBrush(Windows.UI.Colors.Red);  
  32.     }  
  34.     if (nameCharCount >= myName.Length) {  
  35.         MessageDialog dlg = new MessageDialog("Wow You find my name with in your trial limit ""Find My Name");  
  36.         dlg.ShowAsync();  
  38.         return;  
  39.     }  
  41. }  
Now our simple application is ready. Now to run our application in Windows Phone and as a normal desktop application.

As I have already said, a Windows Universal application can be run in any Windows device.

If you haven't installed the Windows Emulator then download and install it to your computer to run the sample application in the Windows Phone emulator. 

 Window Phone

Figure 16: Microsoft Emulator

Download and install the Emulator. I have used the Windows 10 Emulator.

Specify Location

Figure 17: Specify Location

After installing the emulator we open our program and now near the Run button we can select our device type to run our program.


Figure 18: Simulator

Run in Local Machine

To run our application as a normal Windows output to display in our local machine we select the Local Machine and click Run. We can see the output is showing as our normal desktop application.

Run Application

Figure 18: Run Application

Run in Windows Emulator

Select Emulator and click run. Here I have used the Emulator 10.0.10 UVGA 4 inch.

Emulator 10.0.10

Figure 19:Emulator 10.0.10 

For the first time wait a few seconds since the Windows Emulator needs to be open with OS initializing.

OS Starting

Figure 20:OS Starting

After the OS has begun in the Emulator our application will be run inside the emulator.

Our Application

Figure 21:Our Application

The user can start the puzzle game by clicking on the New Name Puzzle game button. I will display the message box to the user and after the user clicks the close button, the puzzle game will start.

Puzzale game start

Figure 22:Puzzale game start

From the loaded buttons the user can click on any button to find my name character. As we can see here if my name character is found in the clicked button. Then I will display its character, for example here we can see “S” and the rest of the buttons have some other character then my name so I will display it as “:(“.

Name Display

Figure 23:Name Display

If the user has found my name in all the character within 9 attempts then I will display the message with a message box that the user has won the puzzle.

Find My Name

Figure 24:Find My Name

If the user di not find my name in all the character within 9 attemts then I will display the message as failed and start a new game for a new attempt.

Try Only 9 Times

Hope you like my first Windows Mobile Name Puzzle Game.Download it change the name as yours  from source code and have fun.If you like this name puzzle game kindly leave me a comment.

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