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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1444 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594746877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594746871
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.2 x 4.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It doesn’t take long before you’re talking to the book as if there was a person inside it. Who will be able to resist trying it to see how it works!” —Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

About the Author

Willy Yonkers is lead industrial designer at ThinkGeek, Inc. He lives in Arlington, VA.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Koch VINE VOICE on June 12, 2014
Anyone that can think up numerous ways to win Tic, Tac, Toe and make it into a book either has a lot of time on their hands or loves the game like author, Willy Yonkers does. I know I still play the game but not to the point that I could sit for hours and play it. This book will give you just that. It will have you playing it for hours. Have fun trying to beat the book by yourself or with friends. This book is a coffee table book. This is because you will want to keep it out for parties or if you are bored and want something to do. This book would also make a great gift. I dare you to try and beat this book.
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By S. Wildman on September 14, 2014
That’s what I’ve been saying to this freakin’ book.

Okay, it’s not actually what I’ve been saying to it but it’s definitely what I’ve been thinking. This freakin’ thing is difficult. It’s hard to review this as a book since, obviously, it’s more of a game. Basically the idea behind Tic-Tac-Tome is that tic-tac-toe is a difficult game. Everyone likes to say they are good at it and everyone likes to say if you get the center piece you’re guaranteed to win. But most of the time you’re not going to win. Most of the time the game is going to end in a draw.

Tic-Tac-Tome is basically a book full of no-win scenarios with one caveat: you can win.

Once.

There is one way to win in this entire book.

You can start or the book can start. You can start with any space you like. But there is only one way you can win. (And I haven’t even found it yet.)

Each move has you flipping to the relevant page which fills out the board for you. It’s kind of like those choose your own adventure books. Except in this case you’re choosing moves and in this case you are going to probably be disappointed each and ever time.

A standard page looks something like this.
A standard page looks something like this.
Still, its a lot of fun.

The bottom line: this is the kind of book you can get for a friend or get for a gift exchange without feeling guilty. It’s fun, it’s quirky, and at just under $10 on Amazon (list price $12.95) it’s easily worth the price for the hours of frustration.

Final Thoughts:
Game lovers are going to enjoy this and the endless ways to lose will keep people endlessly entertained. You’ll want to keep playing just to see if you’ll ever best the book.

A REVIEW COPY OF THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER.
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By L. Rice on July 22, 2014
Quit playing with others, play with yourself instead! This book makes it easy to play a couple of games of tic tac toe while you are idle or trying to entertain someone else while not being around them (relatives anyone?). It's an interesting concept that shows you how the seemingly small and simple game of tic tac toe has a huge amount of variation in the gameplay. I found it interesting to recognize the patterns the book uses on the flipped side and then compare it with how an average user plays the game.

The book always goes for the center, so you should as well. It's the only way to win.
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I thought this was a pretty nifty idea, but was a bit disappointed at the execution. I noticed within a few minutes a typo on page 238 (or maybe pages 511 and 512 are reversed?), so I have no doubt there are quite a few more. The author included a twist that would have kept things interesting: there is a scenario in which you can beat the "AI"! But the systematic ordering and numbering of the pages makes even this pretty easy to solve.

I think I would have preferred to buy a poster of this xkcd: [...]
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