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Ultimate Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses, or Tic-Tac-Toe as the Yanks call it, has just got serious. Check out our guide on how to play the new, extreme version of the traditional game...

Staff Writer

Ultimate Noughts & Crosses

We were all children once. Back in the day, noughts and crosses used to be the ultimately entertaining pastime. The thrill of getting a set, and one-upping your opponent was unparalleled. Three seconds in, however, you'd get bored. Even as we got older, the intricacies of the games became quite dull and you’d always tie with your opponent. Not as fun anymore, is it?

Fear not, for we here at CairoScene have stumbled upon the ultimate version of this game. It's a bit complicated, but we've got the steps broken down for you: 

1.In each square of the noughts and crosses board, draw a smaller one:

2. Each turn, mark one of the small squares:

3. When you get three in a row on a small board, you've won that board:

4. To win the game, you need to complete three small boards in a row. 

Here's the most important rule however: you don't get to pick which board you're going to play on. That is decided by your opponent and based on his previous move. Whichever square they pick determines your move, and vice versa. Here's an example:

If your opponent plays on this square…

You have to play on this one…

While making the game more complicated, it gives it an element of strategy which makes this game much more fun than your run-of-the-mill noughts and crosses game.

There you go! A new way to enjoy a very old and very tedious game; perfect for one of those long slow nights at home, or one of those sleepless nights in Sahel over the weekend.