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The expert level AI will always win or tie on a 3x3 or 3x3x3 game if it goes first, and, while a 4x4x4 game has been mathematically solved, the AI doesn't employ the algorithm, so you can still win if you're the second player.
 
The expert level AI will always win or tie on a 3x3 or 3x3x3 game if it goes first, and, while a 4x4x4 game has been mathematically solved, the AI doesn't employ the algorithm, so you can still win if you're the second player.
  
This was pre-loaded on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer, and I played it a little in 1991. At 11-years-old, I could always beat or tie the AI in the 3x3 mode at any difficulty, but I was rarely able to beat the AI on 3x3x3 or 4x4x4, even on beginner difficulty, so I didn't play it much. Years later, in 2018, I tried again and was finally able to beat the AI on expert mode on the 3x3x3 and 4x4x4 boards, provided I got first move.  
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This was pre-loaded on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer, and I played it a little in 1991. At 11-years-old, I could always beat or tie the AI in the 3x3 mode at any difficulty, but I was rarely able to beat the AI on 3x3x3 or 4x4x4, even on beginner difficulty, so I didn't play it much. Years later, in 2018, I tried again and was finally able to beat the AI on expert mode on the 3x3x3 board with first move, and the 4x4x4 board even with second move.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
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==Review==
 
==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 1/10
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* '''Overall:''' 2/10
 
* '''Best Version:''' Windows 3
 
* '''Best Version:''' Windows 3
  
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===Bad===
 
===Bad===
 
* The game is media challenged. There's no music, sound effects, or interesting animation upon victory.
 
* The game is media challenged. There's no music, sound effects, or interesting animation upon victory.
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* The game doesn't scale to larger screen resolutions, even though it could have been made to do so fairly easily.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
 
* There's just not much to do with the game. You can play tic-tac-toe, and that's it.
 
* There's just not much to do with the game. You can play tic-tac-toe, and that's it.
* For some reason, the game doesn't even allow you to play against a human player. You must play the AI.
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* For some reason, the game doesn't even allow you to play against a human player. You're forced to play the AI.
  
==Screenshots==
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==Media==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
TicTactics - WIN3 - Screenshot - 3x3.png|Traditional 3x3 board which will end in a cat's game.
 
TicTactics - WIN3 - Screenshot - 3x3.png|Traditional 3x3 board which will end in a cat's game.
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* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows] - MobyGames (Entertainment Pack).
 
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows mobygames.com/game/win3x/microsoft-entertainment-pack-for-windows] - MobyGames (Entertainment Pack).
 
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Entertainment_Pack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Entertainment_Pack] - Wikipedia (Entertainment Pack).
 
* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Entertainment_Pack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Entertainment_Pack] - Wikipedia (Entertainment Pack).
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* [https://tcrf.net/TicTactics tcrf.net/TicTactics] - The Cutting Room Floor.
  
  

Revision as of 18:45, 5 October 2018

TicTactics.

TicTactics is a tic-tac-toe game developed by Robert Donner and published by Microsoft in their Microsoft Entertainment Pack For Windows for Windows 3 in 1990. In addition to traditional 3x3 tic-tac-toe, the game includes 3x3x3 and 4x4x4 boards and three varying levels of AI.

The expert level AI will always win or tie on a 3x3 or 3x3x3 game if it goes first, and, while a 4x4x4 game has been mathematically solved, the AI doesn't employ the algorithm, so you can still win if you're the second player.

This was pre-loaded on my family's Packard Bell 386SX computer, and I played it a little in 1991. At 11-years-old, I could always beat or tie the AI in the 3x3 mode at any difficulty, but I was rarely able to beat the AI on 3x3x3 or 4x4x4, even on beginner difficulty, so I didn't play it much. Years later, in 2018, I tried again and was finally able to beat the AI on expert mode on the 3x3x3 board with first move, and the 4x4x4 board even with second move.

Status

I do not own this game, but I have beaten the expert AI on all boards with first move, and the 4x4x4 with second move.

Review

  • Overall: 2/10
  • Best Version: Windows 3

Good

  • The game nicely implements the rules of three tic-tac-toe boards.
  • The AI features three levels of difficulty.
  • The graphics are quite nice for such a simple game.

Bad

  • The game is media challenged. There's no music, sound effects, or interesting animation upon victory.
  • The game doesn't scale to larger screen resolutions, even though it could have been made to do so fairly easily.

Ugly

  • There's just not much to do with the game. You can play tic-tac-toe, and that's it.
  • For some reason, the game doesn't even allow you to play against a human player. You're forced to play the AI.

Media

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