C++ number-guessing game (computer tries to guess user's chosen number)

In this program we input a number. Our PC tries to guess this number.

After every try PC asks us:"Are your number more or less than?".

We input 'l' if our number is less, and input 'h' if our number is greater?

A range of possible values ​​is created.

I think this code is bad. What do you think?

#include "stdafx.h"
#include <iostream>
#include <cstdlib>
#include <ctime>
using namespace std;

int Random(int min, int max) {
return min + rand() % (max - min);
}

int main()
{
setlocale(LC_ALL, "rus");
int our_num;
srand(static_cast<unsigned int>(time(0)));
cout << "Input a positive number: " << endl;
cin >> our_num;
int t = 0;  //number of attempts
int max = rand() + our_num;  //maximum possible value
int min = 0;  //minimum possible value
int d = Random(min, max);
do {
char lh;
cout << d << " Is this your number?(my number is greater: 'h';   less: 'l')" << endl;
cin >> lh;
++t;
if (lh == 'h') {
min = d;
d = Random(min, max);
}
else if (lh == 'l') {
max = d;
d = Random(min, max);
}
} while (d != our_num);
cout << "I guessed thus number with " << t << " attempts. " << "This number is " << d << endl;
return 0;
}

• Hey Bogdasar, would you mind answering why specifically you believe this code is bad? Cheers! Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 18:47
• @A.Romeu Have you never written something and had that terrible feeling that it's bad but couldn't quite say why?
– yuri
Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 18:50
• Sure, a thousand times! But maybe there is some part you believe it can be definitely better for a reason, or something Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 19:03
• One tip for improving the searching is to use binary search. Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 21:06
• The "rus" locale would not be portable. You are probably better off setting the locale to "" and having the user specify their preferred locale in the environment. However, in this example, you’re doing all the output in English anyway. Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 22:05

Some things stand out here:

• Elaborating on your final point, it's best not to use min and max potentially confusing since OP has brought std::min/max into the namespace.
– cmh
Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 21:21
• I personally prefer to return EXIT_SUCCESS; from main(), albeit largely because that was the only correct way to do it when I was learning the language. I still prefer the consistency of not using the special-case rules for main(), and treating it like any other function that returns an int. Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 22:10
• @Yuri you have basically invalidated how I learned to write C++ code Commented Mar 5, 2018 at 3:34

Some considerations on user experience rather than programming style:

cout << "Input a positive number: " << endl;
cin >> our_num;


Why user should enter his number before the computer start guessing?? That's not a guessing game.

int max = rand() + our_num; //maximum possible value

should be the maximum number can be stored in an int (or give a range to the user ("choose a number between __ and __"))

" Is this your number?(my number is greater: 'h'; less: 'l')"

I really miss the option when the guess is correct.

int Random(int min, int max) {
return min + rand() % (max - min);
}


I think it's really a good idea to put some variability in guessing instead of always going for boring binary search.