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Java Java Objects Creating the MVP Remaining Tries

Why is my second letter considered a miss? For example my word is "treehouse" any time I write "r" it counts a miss.

Game file

class Game {
  public static final int MAX_MISSES = 7;
  private String answer;
  private String hits;
  private String misses;

  public Game(String answer){

    this.answer = answer;
    hits = "";
    misses = "";


  public boolean applyGuess(char letter){

    boolean isHit = answer.indexOf(letter) != 1;
    if (isHit) {
      hits += letter;
      misses += letter;
    return isHit;

  public int getRemainingTries(){
    return MAX_MISSES - misses.length();

  public String getCurrentProgress() {
    String progress = "";
    for (char letter : answer.toCharArray()){
      char display = '-';
      if(hits.indexOf(letter) != -1){
        display = letter;
      progress += display;
    return progress;


Prompter file

import java.util.Scanner;

class Prompter{
  private Game game;

  public Prompter(Game game) {
    this.game = game;

  public boolean promptForGuess(){
    Scanner scanner = new Scanner(System.in);
    System.out.print("Enter a letter:  ");
    String guessInput = scanner.nextLine();
    char guess = guessInput.charAt(0);
    return game.applyGuess(guess);

  public void displayProgress(){
    System.out.printf("You have %d tries left to solve: %s%n",


Hangman file

public class Hangman {

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // Your incredible code goes here...
    Game game = new Game("snow");
    Prompter prompter = new Prompter(game);
    while(game.getRemainingTries() > 0){

[MOD: edited code blocks -srh]

1 Answer

28,556 Points

Because of a small but important typo in this line:

boolean isHit = answer.indexOf(letter) != 1;

You are checking that the index is not 1 rather than -1. This means that you are essentially asking that the index of the letter should not be 1 (which is the second letter) all other indexes will be considered correct, even -1 meaning that currently your program considers incorrect guesses as hits as well.

If you fix that typo you will be get rid of that bug.

That makes sense. It didn't even occur to me that I had missed the -1 instead of having a 1 like I did. Thanks andren