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Tic-tac-toe is a simple, two-player game that if played well by both players, always leads to tying the tie. The game is also called noughts and crosses or Xs and Os.
Tic-tac-toe is a traditional paper game and can be played on a computer or in various media. Some games, like Connect 4, are based on this classic.
History of Tic-Tac-Toe
The first variation of the game was played in the Roman Empire, about the first century B.C. It was called “terni lapilli,” which means “three small stones at once.” A game grid marker was found crashed in all Roman ruins. Evidence of this game has been found even in the ruins of ancient Egypt.
The first print reference to “noughts and crosses,” the British name for the game, appeared in 1864. The first print reference to a game called “tic-tac” took place in 1884 but referred to a children’s play that was played on a slide.
More Advanced Tic-Tac-Toe
A simple game often played on a 3-by-3 square grid, the tic-tac-toe is very fun for kids. Tic-tac-toe can be made more complex by increasing the board size to 4-by-4, 5-by-5, or up to a 20-by-20 grid.
The goal of tic-tac-toe is to be the first player to get three in a row on a 3-by-3 grid or four in a row on a 4-by-4 grid.
To start, one player pulls the board, building a square grid, usually 3-by-3 or 4-by-4.
In a 3-by-3 grid game, the player who plays the “X” is always in the lead. Players take turns placing Xs and Os on the board until any player has three in a row, horizontally, horizontally, or in sequence or until all the squares are filled in the grid. If a player draws three Xs or three Os in a row, that player wins. When all the squares are full and no player has made a complete line of Xs or Os, the game draws.
One of the game’s best tactics involves creating a “fork,” which puts your marker in such a way that you have a chance to win two tracks on your next turn. Your opponent can only block one, that way, you can win after that.
The game is the same when you play on a 4-by-4 grid. The “X” player goes first. Also, players take turns placing Xs and Os on the board until the line is completed horizontally, horizontally, or in sequence, or all 16 squares are completed. When all 16 squares are full and no player has four numbers in a row, the game is played.
Tic-tac-toe can also be played on a 5-by-5 grid where each player tries to get five in a row.
The game can also be played on large grids, such as 10-by-10 or 20-by-20. For any 6-by-6 or more grid, it would be good to make it your goal to get five in a row. This translates into a basic tic-tac-toe online game into a more complex game similar to the board game Pente, meaning “five” in Greek. Similarly, Pente’s goal is for a player to score five points in a row.