Send me an email message if you have never ever played or viewed a game of tic-tac-toe. The game has a number of names– Xs and Os, Noughts and Crosses, Tick-Tack-Toe, and others– but seems to be one of those childhood games everyone remembers. The 3×3 grid makes it easy for youngsters, though adults often learn that it’s possible to play tic-tac-toe and not lose.
If you’re tired or bored with the original 3×3 tic-tac-toe, you might like a monster version called 4 lines. Think 3D chess on performance enhancing drugs. Think Sheldon Cooper thinking outside his own box to create a game only he could understand and play.
4 Lines is like tic-tac-toe in that it’s easy to learn but it remains far more difficult to master. Each player has an assigned color and the objective is to draw the 4th side of a cell (which closes the cell). Any closed cell gets that player’s mark inside so the objective expands to close cells with your mark and prevent an opponent from closing a cell with his mark.
Here it is.
4 Lines comes with multiple levels for increased complexity. You can also play against others, or play against your Mac, but start with an easy level. 4 Lines as an opponent can show no mercy.
The game is not as addicting as the original for young kids, but easily enthralls adults who have played tic-tac-toe to mastery.
Over the past few years I’ve developed a response whenever I find a good Mac game or app; something notable, useful, or just plain fun. I want an iPad and iPhone version, too. That fulfills some sort of digital OSD problem.
Thankfully, 4 Lines is sufficiently addictive and challenging that you want to take it off the Mac and carry it around on your iPhone. That’s totally doable thanks to 4 Lines for iOS.
4 Lines is unlike any tic-tac-toe game you’ve played, but if you love the original, and you can win most games (or, always play to a draw with an experienced opponent), then you might be up for the challenge of a monster game of tic-tac-toe.