The OXO Game

A strategy game against the computer

Most people are familiar with the game noughts and crosses (or tic tac toe). Here is a game you can play against the computer; click in the grid to begin.

Noughts and Crosses

  First Type Wins Record
X
O
Draws

 


Oxo is a variation of noughts and crosses. The objective is to spell out the word oxo. Here is a grid you can use to play against a friend. Drag the letters onto the grid to play.

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Is it better to be "O" or "X" in this game?

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Transum,

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Here is an idea for playing two person games like this with a class. Arrange the desks along three of the outside walls of the classroom in a sort of horseshoe shape. Pupils sit, two to a computer (laptop, iPad etc) to play the game. The teacher starts the game time and each pair plays one game then turns their chairs to face the teacher when they have finished. When everyone has finished the teacher instructs the pupils to move clockwise if they just won the game or anticlockwise if they lost. The pupils at either end of the horseshoe stay where they are. Repeat this many times. The pupils will move towards playing other pupils of similar insight into the strategies of the game and hopefully discover more about the number patterns involved. It is always, yes always in my experience, great fun for all involved."

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The javascript for the game at the top of this page was kindly made public by Stephen Ostermiller (GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation) who also provides an excellent description of Tic-Tac-Toe Strategy.