Wild tic-tac-toe

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A completed game of Wild Tic-Tac-Toe

Wild tic-tac-toe is a game similar to tic-tac-toe. However, in this game players can choose to place either X or O on each move.[1][2] This game can also be played in its misere form where if a player creates a three-in-a-row of marks, that player loses the game.[3]


Regular game[edit]

Wild tic-tac-toe is played on a 3-by-3 board. Each of the players take turns placing a X or an O on any unoccupied square.[4][5] The player who creates a line of three Xs or Os is the winner of the game.[3][6] This version of the game is forced win for the first player.[1][2][7]

Misere game[edit]

This game is exactly like the regular version of the game except the player who creates a line of any three marks (Xs or Os) in a row loses the game.[3][5]

The second player can force a draw by playing a mark opposite of the opponent's mark and choosing X if the opponent chose O (or vice versa).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Puzzles in Education - Wild Tic-Tac-Toe". puzzles.com. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  2. ^ a b BAUMANN (2013-06-29). BASIC Game Plans: Computer Games and Puzzles Programmed in BASIC. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 9781475739183.
  3. ^ a b c d Epstein, Richard A. (2012-12-28). The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic. Academic Press. ISBN 9780123978707.
  4. ^ Mendelson, Elliott (2016-02-03). Introducing Game Theory and its Applications. CRC Press. ISBN 9781482285871.
  5. ^ a b Lee, Carl (November 2012). "Some Games for Math Circles" (PDF). Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Variations of Tic Tac Toe" (PDF).
  7. ^ Epstein, Richard A. (2014-06-28). The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic, Revised Edition. Gulf Professional Publishing. ISBN 9780080571843.