I’ve played, at least, 20 games of Tic-Tac-Toe with my children, just in the last week. This is a classic game, which I seem to lose frequently, that families will never get tired of. We play it on paper, on my Palm Pre, and even on my iPod Touch thanks to those nifty Apps everyone loves. What better way to kill time while waiting at restaurants or in the Pediatrician’s office?
Last month, I was introduced to a new way to play this classic game. It’s called Tic-ATTACK-Toe. Fun name, isn’t it?! This game uses cards and a plastic game board that doubles as a storage case. Cards are labeled as either X or O, just like Tic-Tack-Toe, but they also have numeric value for a whole new twist and fast paced game unlike it’s classic predecessor.
Tic-Attack-Toe is the brain child of the PB&J toy company. It’s part card game, part tic-tac-toe…only with a new twist. Tic-Attack-Toe has X cards, O cards and Score cards. One player is X’s, the other is O’s, just like in the original version. When playing Tic-Attack-Toe, each card has a number value. If the opposing player is closing in on getting three-in-a-row, or blocking you from a coveted spot to get your own three-in-a-row, you merely have to find one of your cards that has a higher number value, and you can lay your card right on top of theirs. You take their spot, and stop them from getting a win, or get a win for yourself. The game moves quick and keeps you on your toes. Each time you win a round, you get a Score card. Whoever collects five Score cards first, wins.
Momma Findings Family Thoughts:
I was asked to check out this cool new twist to Tic-Tack-Toe. This card game promises to give the classic game a run for it’s money, so I couldn’t resist. My kids and I sat down to check it out and here’s what we liked:
- Card Holder: I have to say this first, because this was MY favorite feature of the game. The game board you play on DOUBLES as a card holder. This makes it easy to store and prevents losing any pieces/cards.
- The Twist: Do I need to tell you how many times I’ve played Tic-Tac-Toe with my children? Countless times. In fact, I dream about Tic-Tac-Toe every night after we’ve gone out to eat. All kidding aside, this is a great way to change it up for once and definitely makes it more competitive.
- Score Cards: Each time you get three in a row you grab a score card, but the game doesn’t end there. You continue until someone earns 5 score cards and the game is over. This gives my children a “stopping point” instead of going on forever!
- Versatile: My 3-yr-old hates being left out. He wanted to play too, however, doesn’t understand the number value. So, the game is really quite easy to play with young children by simply using only the X’s and O’s.
- Wild Card: You can use this anywhere, anytime. My kids LOVED having these cards, making it a WHOLE new ballgame when you think you’re about to win.
Momma Findings Improvements and Suggestions:
In every review, I bring you suggestions on what I believe might help families improve their experience with said product. There are a few things we had trouble with:
- Game Board: Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game board because it doubles as a cardholder, it was also my arch nemesis because it doesn’t stay in place on the table. It kept sliding back and forth and we spent a lot of time straightening the cards back to place. Suggestion: Use the game board on a carpeted floor or maybe use a table cloth. All of our floors are hardwood, so this option isn’t available to use. It would be great if the bottom of the board had suction cups to keep from moving.
- Directions: Once someone gets 3 in a row, it’s confusing on where to lay the cards. Can you lay another X on the same row you just won on for another fast win? My kids had lots of questions all of which we didn’t find while reading the directions. Suggestion: I’d love to see a FAQ section included in the instructions or possibly online to answer everyone’s concerns regarding rules.
All in all, my kids LOVE the game. I’ve heard lots of people mention this would be great at restaurants, however, I’d be afraid of losing the cards there (iPhone App in the making maybe?). My kids actually get in a few games while I’m cooking dinner at home so I hear a lot of, “YES!!!!!!” or “NO FAIR!” while I’m in the kitchen.
You can purchase Tic-Attack-Toe at specialty toy stores in your area or Amazon.com for the suggested retail price of $9.99.
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