If you remember being a child, then you most likely remember a little game called Tic-Tac-Toe. You probably also remember the day when you finally mastered the game by doing the corner trick and stumping a fellow player. Soon after that, for me at least, I stopped playing the game as I convinced myself I had it figured out. When I downloaded developer wOzy’s game TicToe Fury ($1.99), I was pleasantly surprised to see how many more possibilities there were to the Tic-Tac-Toe formula.
TicToe Fury amps up the classic game of Tic-Tac-Toe by introducing a grid of nine sets of games, essentially creating one large game. As you recall, a normal Tic-Tac-Toe game also consists of 9 spaces. So in this case, there are essentially nine games on the board at one time. Just like regular Tic-Tac-Toe, you win a game by getting three in a row via horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Simply winning one quadrant won’t guarantee you a win in the game however. You will be required to not only win three quadrants, but get them in a row before your opponent to be crowned the champion.
Sound simple enough? Think again. When you place your X or O in a square within a quadrant, the next player will now play in the quadrant which represents the square you chose. For example, if you are playing in the lower left quadrant and you place your letter in the top right of that quadrant, the next player will then have to play within the top right quadrant. It makes for a more slower paced, yet well thought out game, a form I never thought I’d see in Tic-Tac-Toe.
TicToe Fury is much more of a thinking game than the original game it is based on. I found my opponents making precise and well thought out moves. It has the simplistic gameplay of checkers, but the thinking game of chess. It’s perfect for two people who want a challenging, yet familiar game to pass the time.
In total, there are three different game modes: singleplayer, multiplayer, and of course online multiplayer. In single player you will play against the AI, where as in multiplayer the game is pass-and-play. You can also use Game Center to connect with opponents in online multiplayer. Here you can have various games going at once and jump in and out of them when you like. Before playing any of these modes you can also try out the tutorial mode which does a great job of explaining the game.
Overall, TicToe Fury is a very polished game that includes many extra features that will keep users coming back. It’s presented in an elegant manner with calming music and a desk-like backdrop. Currently there’s an in-depth statistics page, Game Center leaderboards for online wins, and 33 achievements that even go outside of regular gameplay. As far as unlockables go, you will have the ability to unlock extra markers which act as your avatar and color of your marks on the game board. It’s only an aesthetic change, but it’s a nice touch. Oddly enough, after I unlocked the second marker I noticed I had 94 matches to go until my next one, which felt like quite a lot so early on and assured me I would probably never be able to attain them. Future updates look like they’ll offer different board themes as they have a sneak preview with a coming soon label in the current version.
In the end, not only is TicToe Fury fun to play, but it’s packed with content to keep you interested. Top that off with a beautiful presentation, and it’s the obvious Tic-Tac-Toe game to pick up on your iOS device. If you’re interested in grabbing wOzy’s TicToe Fury, visit the App Store today.[review pros="Beautiful presentation, fun gameplay, plenty of content." cons="Aesthetic unlockables very time consuming." score=95]