Tic Tac Toe or noughts and crosses. Get three in a line and you win. Please wait for the game to load. Game not loading? Please enable Active X Content by clicking the circle with a strike through icon in the address bar which looks like this () and clicking the 'Turn Off Active X Filtering' button.
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Noughts and crosses has been played throughout the world for centuries. So it was only a matter of time before the game saw it's début into the video game market. The end result was Tic Tac Toe, which was basically a computerised version of a board game called Qubic, which was released by Parker Bothers and first saw the light of day during the 1960s.
The History of Tic Tac Toe
The game which was designed by Carol Shaw and released in 1978, was developed and published by Atari Inc. It was released specifically for Atari's 2600 home console, and is of the puzzle game genre.
The game of Tic Tac Toe is played on four grids of 4 x4 squares, placed directly above one another. As with noughts and crosses, the object of the game is simple, to place a line of symbols; 4 Xs or 4 Os either vertically, horizontally or diagonally across the boards before your opponent does.
Tic Tac Toe can be played as a single or multi-player experience. In single player mode, the gamer pits his/her wits against the artificial intelligence of the console, there are eight difficulty levels to choose from.
The games designer Carol Shaw also developed a 3D version of the game that was released a year later in 1979. In this version there were nine games in total. Eight of these games were for the player to challenge the computer. The final game was a two player challenge.
Conversions and Sequels
The games only sequel to date was Tic Tac Toe 3D as stated above. Another version of the game was remade for the Microsoft Entertainment Pack, which was released in 1990 as a compendium of games. The only difference was the game was played on a 3 x 3 grid instead of 4 x 4.
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