exercism fetch ruby bowling


Score a bowling game.

Bowling is a game where players roll a heavy ball to knock down pins arranged in a triangle. Write code to keep track of the score of a game of bowling.

Scoring Bowling

The game consists of 10 frames. A frame is composed of one or two ball throws with 10 pins standing at frame initialization. There are three cases for the tabulation of a frame.

Here is a three frame example:

Frame 1 Frame 2 Frame 3
X (strike) 5/ (spare) 9 0 (open frame)

Frame 1 is (10 + 5 + 5) = 20

Frame 2 is (5 + 5 + 9) = 19

Frame 3 is (9 + 0) = 9

This means the current running total is 48.

The tenth frame in the game is a special case. If someone throws a strike or a spare then they get a fill ball. Fill balls exist to calculate the total of the 10th frame. Scoring a strike or spare on the fill ball does not give the player more fill balls. The total value of the 10th frame is the total number of pins knocked down.

For a tenth frame of X1/ (strike and a spare), the total value is 20.

For a tenth frame of XXX (three strikes), the total value is 30.


Write code to keep track of the score of a game of bowling. It should support two operations:

For installation and learning resources, refer to the exercism help page.

For running the tests provided, you will need the Minitest gem. Open a terminal window and run the following command to install minitest:

gem install minitest

If you would like color output, you can require 'minitest/pride' in the test file, or note the alternative instruction, below, for running the test file.

Run the tests from the exercise directory using the following command:

ruby bowling_test.rb

To include color from the command line:

ruby -r minitest/pride bowling_test.rb


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