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Tic-tac-toe with a twist!

Test your reflexes in a game of tic-tac-toe where, after each round, the CPU gets a bit more intelligent and the timer goes faster.


  • Move your cursor with the D-pad/arrow keys.
  • Mark your space with the Z/X keys.
  • The faster you make your move, the more points you get. The bar in the bottom of the screen shows how much time you have left.
  • After each round, the skill of the CPU opponent goes up. The bar in the right side of the screen shows how good the AI has gotten.
  • Game's over when the CPU wins, or when the time runs out before you made a move.
  • The higher your score, the better the rank you're awarded!


This game is mostly an excuse to explore making cool graphics on the PICO-8. Some of the graphical effects include:

  • An arcade-style intro/attract screen.
  • Vector graphics for the title screen and game marks (X's and O's).
  • A couple of demoscene-like effects as game backdrop.
  • A funky text printing option called "locoprint", used in the game over screen.


My first PICO-8 game! As many people have already discovered over the years, working on PICO-8 games is extremely rewarding and fun. Making a flashy, 16-bit arcade style title screen was my favorite part. Future improvements include adding a full-on attract mode with built-in tutorial. Sound and graphics seem to be more in sync when playing on a non-browser instance of PICO-8. Let me know what you think!

P#107343 2022-02-20 17:46


Despite it being Tic-Tac-Toe, it's actually kind of interesting. You have the opportunity to go first and you have can choose the center.

The game goes until you lose a single round, then your score is tallied. While you may win most rounds eventually you are going to make a mistake and that's when it's game over.

Neat 3D terrain as well. Reminds me of the opening to Disney's Black Hole.


Nicely done, @dansggg. Gold star.

P#107366 2022-02-20 23:49 ( Edited 2022-03-01 23:43)

Thanks for the review @dw817 !

I like the comparison with Black Hole :D There's a second background that alternates with the grid effect after each round and I'm looking to add a third one for more variety.

P#107886 2022-03-01 22:22

Ow, got me. My score at 5323, @dansggg. Loving the background music too.

I can't think of anything more to add. It's a great game and one to challenge the brain in higher levels.

P#107897 2022-03-02 00:21

its a real good game i say it should be on Steam or other video game platforms :).

P#107937 2022-03-02 18:50

The devs have done the impossible; made tic tac tow actually interesting!

P#109982 2022-04-09 21:14

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