- Publisher: thinkgeek (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984687300
- ISBN-13: 978-0984687305
- Package Dimensions: 4.3 x 4.2 x 2.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,947,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tic Tac Tome the Autonomous Tic-tac-toe-playing Book Paperback – 2011
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Tic-Tac-Toe is one of the most simplistic games out there. With only nine squares divided between two people, it’s not hard to pick your next move. Or is it? If you know someone who you’ve been able to best at the simple game since you were a kid, I know the perfect gift for them. The Tic Tac Tome. This 1400-page book will serve to drive your friend crazy, while hopefully teaching them how to effectively play the game. So how exactly does one play a game with a book? It’s simple. If you’ve ever read one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books, then you’ll be familiar with the concept. You’ll be given a Tic-Tac-Toe board, and in each available square will be a number. Turn to the corresponding page to make your move.
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My tally as of this review: 0 Loses / 2 Wins / 18 Ties
Basically you pick a side you want to start on. The front of the book means you get the first move and the back of the book means the book gets the first move, then you simply pick a square you want your move to be in and you go to the page number listed. Pretty simple. If you're really bad at Tic-tac-toe this is really good practice and if you're really good at it, I guarantee you'll still have to spend a while trying to figure out where to move to get that one win.
I'll be honest and say I thought that this was going to be a cute little book that I'd loose interest in within a few hours, but I kind of became obsessive with it. I carried it around until I finally (after a day or so) I beat the book, promptly became so excited that I forgot how I did it and I had to start over again. So now I know how to beat it, but that hasn't stopped me from letting other people try their luck with it. At Least until I forget how to solve it (which I will, probably soon) and take another crack at it.
It's a really good boredom buster and it's fun to see others puzzle it over. So if you're looking for a fun little book to sit on your coffee table or keep the kid quiet for at least a few minutes, why not pick up a copy and try your luck?
A book that can beat you at Tic-Tac-Toe? That’s what the author says anyway. If the book is really that good, I must be the best Tic-Tac-Toe player ever.
This is a massive book. About 3-4 inches thick (and only 4×4 in size) with like a thousand pages. What’s interesting is that this could be an app with maybe 40-50 kb worth of data. It’s big but really simple. You choose where you want to place your mark (O or X) and turn to the designated page. On that page you’ll see your mark and also the book’s next move. Repeat. Repeat. Cat’s game. Pretty much every time.
That’s the bummer thing about this book (and this game): once you recognize the gambits of the other player you really can’t lose. And neither can they. So this game is really for newbies and kids. As such, so is this book. I had my 7 year old play it and he figured out how to Cat’s pretty quickly. My 12 year old never lost. Two adults who “played” the book also never lost. In fact, I never saw anyone actually get beat by the game.
This is a gift book with limited interest. Fun for a moment.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.