Introduction to the game:
Tic tac toe, noughts, and cross, or Xs and Os is a paper-pencil game involving two players as X and O, who play this game by taking empty spaces in a 3×3 grid. To win, a player has to place his mark in a line that can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.
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It is a simple game but benefits your brain; playing this game helps you to think and plan. As you can play this game with your friends and computer AI. It consists of different difficulty levels so that you can choose from them the level of your compatibility. AI randomization check that your device will not make the same mover over and over that makes you feel that you are playing with a real player. Tic Tac Toe is designed with different levels of artificial difficulty to improve your thinking.
If you are X and your opponent is O, then you have to complete three rows before your opponent, click anywhere to place your first X. if you are playing in a 5×5 grid, try to get 4 with the help of your skills. You can play against a computer or your friend on the same computer. If things get the easy switch to hard mode.
BASIC RULES TO PLAY TIC TAC TOE
Noughts and crosses are a solved game that means there is a mathematically proven strategy behind it. You have to follow that to win the game. You can always win against a player who does not know about the strategy, but when he begins to understand your strategy, you should change it to a difficult one.
But if you don’t know how to play Tic Tac Toe, here are some basic rules to help you out;
- Playing first
- Never losing
- Start your play by placing your X in a corner. Most experienced tic tac toe players put the first “X” in a corner when they get to play first. This gives the opponent the most opportunities to make a mistake. If your opponent responds by putting an O anywhere besides the center, you can win.
- Try to win if your opponent plays the first O in the center. If your opponent plays their first O in the center, you have to wait for them to make a mistake before you can win. Place your second X in the opposite corner from your first, so there’s a line going “X O X” diagonally across the board. If they respond with an O in one of the other corners, you can win! Place your third X in the last empty corner, and your opponent won’t be able to block you from winning with your fourth X.
- Suppose your opponent plays his first O in any square beside the center. If your opponent puts his first O in any square beside the center, you can win. Respond by putting your second X in any other corner, with space in between the two Xs.
- Use your third X wisely. Most of the time, your opponent will see that you have two X’s in a row and block you. If this happens, there should be an empty square that is in line with both your first and your second X, with no enemy O’s blocking that line. Put your third X in this square.
- After your third X, two empty squares will help you win the game if an X goes into one of them. Since your opponent can only make one move, write your fourth X into the square, he didn’t block, and you’ve won the game!
Force a draw if the opponent starts in the corner. If the opponent plays first and starts with an O in a corner, always put your first X in the center. Your second X should be placed on an edge, not a corner, unless you need to block your opponent from getting three in a row.
Force a draw when the opponent starts in the center. When your opponent starts by putting down an O in the center, place your first X in a corner. After that, just keep blocking your opponent from scoring, and the game will be a draw.
Try to win if the opponent starts at the edge. Most of the time, your opponent will start with one of the moves above. However, if your opponent puts down the first O on edge, not on a corner or center, you have a small chance to win. Put your first X in the center. If your opponent puts the second O on the opposite edge, making a row or column that reads O-X-O, put your second X in a corner. Then, if your opponent puts the third O in the edge that is adjacent to your X, making a line that reads O-X-O, put your third X in the empty square to block their row of two O’s. From here, you can always win with your fourth X.
Try these out if your tic tac toe games always end in draws. It might be fun for a while to be unbeatable at tic tac toe, but even without this article, your friends might figure out how to stop you from winning. But you can still use basic tic tac toe rules to play games that aren’t as easily solved. Try them out below.
- Play mental tic tac toe. The rules are the same as tic tac toe, but there’s no board! Instead, each player says their moves aloud and pictures the board in their head. You can still use all the strategy advice in this article, but it can be difficult to concentrate on that when you’re trying to remember where the X’s and O’s are.
- Agree on a system for describing moves. For instance, the first word is the row (top, middle, or bottom), and the second word is the column (left, middle, or right).
- Play 3D tic tac toe. Draw three tic tac toe boards on separate pieces of paper. Label one board “top,” another “middle,” and the third board “bottom.” You can play anywhere on these boards, and they work as though they were stacked on top of each other to make a cube. For instance, taking the center on all three boards wins you the game, since it makes a line standing vertical through the cube. Getting three in a row on any single board also wins. See if you can figure out how to win with a diagonal line across all three boards.
- For a real challenge, combine this with the last variation and try mental 3D tic tac toe. The first word is the board (top, middle, or bottom), the second word is the row (top, middle, or bottom), and the third word is the column (left, middle, or right).
- Play five in a row. Play this game, sometimes called Gomoku, on a piece of graph paper, without even having to draw board. Instead of marking X’s and O’s inside the squares, write them at the intersections where the graph paper lines meet. You can make each move anywhere on the graph paper.
Tricks and tips:
Control the corners. Most players choose the center and ignore corners that do not always work in their favor. To get multiple wins to occupy corners first.
Have a look at the moves of your opponent; a good player never ignores his opponent. Block the spots that can help him win against you.
If you are playing on a bigger board, then it is important to control the center. In 5×5, put your Xs in three adjacent spots that can make you win by trapping your opponent.
If you have two in a row, place a third to get three in a row.
Block: If the opponent has two in a row, you must play the third yourself to block the opponent.
Create an opportunity where you have two ways to win.
Blocking an opponent’s fork:
If there is only one possible fork for the opponent, you should block it. Otherwise, you should block all forks in any way that simultaneously allows them to create two in a row. Otherwise, you should create a two in a row to force the opponent into defending, as long as it doesn’t result in them creating a fork. For example, if “X” has two opposite corners and “O” has the center, “O” must not play a corner move to win.
Occupy center first to make your win
If the opponent is in the corner, play the opposite corner.
Play in a corner square.
Play in a middle square on any of the four sides.
Features of Tic Tac Toe:
- Best for all ages and kids
- To make puzzle fun, different themes
- You can play it with computer AI or friends. The choice is yours
- Also, have multiple player game modes
- Easy touch controls
- Different puzzle levels
- Game history chart available
- Offline game
- Attractive HD graphics
- Available for all android smartphones and tablets
- Free XO board puzzle
Requires Android 5.0 and up
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