RuleRule is a game which might be of interest to students and researchers of AI,
machine learning and related areas.

In this game, rules act and modify other rules (including themselves).
The goal is to reach a desired condition (e.g. a checkerboard of red and yellow).


For a first test of the game mechanics in your browser,
download the Javascript version,
coded by Jan-Hendrik Vienup (December 2014, GPL) tested with Firefox, MSIE, Chrome, and Safari :

First created with NeXT Interface Builder and Objective-C files (1995, Mach OS): rulerule.gz (Creative Commons Attribution License). For some history, see

Unfinished Java project, running under Eclipse Luna with Windows 7 (2012, LGPL). Contains notes and design diagrams for possible future development. Doxygen-documented :


  • Game
  • Puzzle
  • self-modifying
  • rules
  • graphical

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Intended Audience

Science/Research, Education, Developers

User Interface

Java Swing, Web-based

Programming Language

Objective C, JavaScript, Java