Tic Tac Toe has been firmly established in my mind as one of the greatest simple casual games in history. Anyone can play it, it just requires one demo game to learn how to play, and anyone can start a game without saying a word just by drawing the grid and sliding it towards your friend in class. Tic Tac Trio gives you something extra to make the game of Tic Tac Toe more complicated and fun. Released by Dreystone, Tic Tac Trio is available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad for $0.99.
So how do you expand on the most simple of games? Add two more columns and two more rows and toss in random blockers to interrupt the grids and have 3 players go against each other at the same time. To play, just slide your shape onto the field. You have the standard X and O, and with the 3rd player, you have the diamond. The gameplay is truly simple, but the strategies expand from having 16 new spaces to use and 4 random wooden blocks that you have to play around.
The graphics are mostly wood patterns but the overall look and feel of Tic Tac Trio feels like a real board game. Nothing explosive, but oddly familiar. There isn’t much in terms of music or presentation, but then again it’s a board game.
Each time you set up a game, you can set 3 players. If you don’t have 3 friends at the moment, you can have the game go autopilot with 3 difficulty levels. The CPU can be challenging on higher difficulties, but on easy, they might as well not exist. And that right there reminded me of something: The lack of options.
Why can’t we change the board theme? I would have really liked skins like metal, cloth, or maybe even a doodle theme? I would have liked an option to expand or shrink the playing field so if I wanted to play a standard 9-grid, I could. Maybe a way to cancel how many players are in the game so it could really become a classic tic tac toe game? This could become the big Tic Tac Toe game that anyone can pick up and gain instant access to any way of playing Tic Tac Toe. Looking at the potential for Tic Tac Trio, I can only see positive things.
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