3-D Tic-Tac-Toe

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3-D Tic-Tac-Toe
Developer(s) Atari, Inc
Publisher(s) Atari Inc.
Designer(s) Carol Shaw
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Atari 8-bit family
Release date(s) 1980
3-D Tic-Tac-Toe for the Atari 2600

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe is a video game released by Atari, Inc for the Atari 2600 console and Atari 8-bit computers in 1980.[citation needed]


The game is similar to the traditional game of tic-tac-toe, but is played on four 4×4 grids stacked vertically; it is basically a computerized version of the board game Qubic using traditional tic-tac-toe notation and layout. To win, a player must place four of their symbols on four squares that line up vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, on a single grid, or spaced evenly over all four grids. This creates a total of 76 possible ways to win, in comparison to eight possible ways to win on a standard 3×3 board. The game has nine variations: it can be played by two players against each other, or one player can play against a built-in AI on one of eight different difficulty settings. The game uses the standard joystick controller.[citation needed]

3-D Tic-Tac-Toe was written by Carol Shaw, who went on to greater fame as the creator of Activision's River Raid.[1]

The game was remade for the Microsoft Entertainment Pack as TicTactics; this version also allowed the game to be played inside a 3×3×3 grid.[citation needed]


3-D Tic-Tac-Toe was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for Windows-based PCs[citation needed] in August 2010.


The product code for the Atari game was CX-2618.[2]

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  1. ^ http://www.atariage.com/programmer_page.html?ProgrammerID=80
  2. ^ "(Atari Ad)". The San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California). 5 August 1981. Retrieved 6 August 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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