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Now I know everyone knows this game whether you know it as Naughts and Crosses or Tic tack toe, or any other names that have been used to name this game, but this is a game that has come up from when my parents were kids and that is saying something.
I have reviewed games that have lasted the test of time but this one has to be the ultimate king of games that has been around (quite possibly since the dawn of the dinosaurs, but that was a bit before my time).
This game started as a pen-to-paper kind of game and has really progressed since then, just getting bigger and better as it's gone on, just like with connect four people do believe that they have a pattern that lets them win every time they play, but it's simply not true. I don't think anyway.
I wouldn't say this is a game you would have as a family game, it's more one on one and I tend to play it to pass some time, but when I saw this wooden version of the game I had to buy it...for my little brother, it was a little more fun than the paper version but only because its in physical form and doesn't require a pen, I use to play this with my brother when programmes would be on commercial breaks mainly.
This game is usually a pencil-and-paper game for two players, O and X, (or other wise known as Naughts and Crosses) with a 3x3 grid drawn out you take it in turns marking the spaces, and usually X is the one to start first. The player who succeeds in placing three respective marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game.
Another one of those basic games that doesn't require much of a rules system but does require a bit of strategy and a touch of skill, not only do you have to work out how to win but stop your opponent from winning by doing some defending.
This I would say is not a game just for children because as an adult I still get a little fun from it.
If your looking at a positive for buying this game that is for £5 pounds or less at children's toy stores or at Amazon For £4.99 then I would say it saves you from drawing out the grid over and over again which means you save paper and in the bigger picture you save trees.
This game is a nice size to play with your children and it's small enough to take on holiday with you, it's a fun game and would recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it and I would recommend it to people who have.
I'm sure like me you used to play Noughts and Crosses as a child many times just to pass the time on a scrap of paper. It's such an easy game to play but I always felt even though there were strategies to it, it was hard to win much of the time and there were alot of draws involved as the games turns into stalemate. I always called it Noughts and Crossess but Tic Tac Toe is another name for this classic game. It's amazing for me how such a simple game can be so much fun and be so popular.
It's not just a game for children and as stated above it can be much more than luck if you know what you're doing and there is a certain degree of skill involved to win. It is essentially a two player game and for anyone who has never played before you start with a blank square grid which is 3 x 3 so there are nine blank boxes in total. One player is noughts and one is crosses. The first player puts his or hers selection in a blank box and then each player in turn puts a nought or cross in a box. The idea to win is to get to get a line of 3 connecting noughts or crosses either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
There are so many different permutations on where you can place your selection and the variations on how the game can turn out so for such a simple concept the results are vast.
The great thing about this game is that it's cheap at under £5 and saves you having to write out each game on piece of paper. You have a handy wooden block where you place the noughts or crosses that are written on the wooden pieces. It's small enough to take as a travel game too which is always handy as I found that I normally played this game to while away an hour or so waiting around somewhere.
It's a great fun game to play and worth buying. I highly recommend to all and try to get better at this classic game.
Tic Tac Toe better known to us all as Naughtes & Crosses is a classic game which has been around for many generations. The reason for it's survival is due to the fact of how increadibly simple it is to be play making it suitable for adults & kids alike.
The game is played with two players, one of which plays with the naughts and the other with crosses. Each player takes it in turns to place their piece on one of the nine squares on the baord. The aim of the game being that the first player to get three of their pieces in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins. If no one manages this, the game ends in a draw which is normally the case I've noticed when I play anyway.
Although this is simple, you can add more complexity into the game by thinking many movies head & planning a strategy to try & catch your opponent out.
This version of the game is presented a lovely wooden baord with solid pieces to play with. It feels very solid & a pleasure to play on. Available for just under £5, you really can't go wrong with this classic & loveable game.
BigJigs Tic Tac Toe is a wooden game which comes with wooden squares, some of which have black X's on them and some of which have red O's on them.
The aim of the game is to be either X or O and then make 3 in a row either horizontal, vertical or diagonal whilst taking alternating turns with your opponent and both trying to prevent your opponent from getting their 3 in a row. You will have to try and be tactical and think ahead in this game and second guess where your opponent is going to place their next piece.
I thoroughly enjoy playing this game and it's something that is on the side in my living room and I'll walk past and call out to whoever else is in the house to come and have a quick game and it's a great way to break up the day or just play when you're bored or have friends around.
The board has a lovely wooden finish and is well designed. The squares are well shaped with no rough edges and this makes the gameplay very safe & easy, even for little ones. The board is asthetically pleasing and available from Amazon.co.uk for just £5.00 which is a bargain for such a well designed game.
I am rating this 4/5 as it's a basic, easy to play game, that looks very nice and is great for the whole family!
Noughts and crosses, or Tic Tac Toe isn't just a kids game, there can be an incredible amount of skill involved when it is played properly, like when me and my friend Liam used to play it during lectures...The concept is incredibly simple, it is essentially a two player game, you start off with a blank 3x3 square grid, at the start of the game each player chooses whether they want to be noughts or crosses. Usually the player who chose to be crosses goes first and begins by placing a 'X' on one of the squares in the grid. The 'O' player then places a 'O' somewhere on the board, in an empty square. The idea is to get three of your symbols in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
There are a vast number of ways the X's and O's can be placed on the board (around 362,880), and depending on where the first X is place, there is always an unbeatable strategy. The Tinker toy computer was developed by MIT students and only plays Noughts and crosses, to this day it has never lost a game, it is on display at the Museum of Science in Boston. The simplicity of the game means that the game can be used in many interesting ways; Casino owners now give players the choice to play it against trained chickens, although the chickens are influenced by a computer.
One of the main advantages of the game is its ability to be played anywhere and everywhere, all you really need is a pencil and paper, you can draw your grid and symbols and then simply throw the paper away. This makes it ideal as a travel game, and amazingly cheap. Although I don't personally play the game that much anymore it was a great way to pass the time during our more boring lectures, the games are also incredibly short (around 1 minute) so you would never have to leave a game half completed.
I have to say I would lose more often than not, but I didn't really care, its not as if I can put on my CV 'Great at Tic Tac Toe', although at the time I did get a little frustrated that he always seemed to find a way to beat me.
I wouldn't advise anyone to buy the game unless it is perhaps one of the outdoor versions that can be purchased for around £10. They made of foam and work great as a party piece. Considering the game can be played for free though it is a bit of a waste of money. I would recommend the game for young children, until they learn an unbeatable method, at which point they can move onto more difficult games such as 'Dots and Squares'.
A lovely traditional wooden family game that has been around for years and years. Great for after dinner or parties. A real family favourite