Tic-Tac-Toe Game


Two players compete to see who can be the first to get 3 tokens in a line either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.

To play, choose a token to represent each of the two players from the Game Settings page and start the game. The players decide who gets to go first and the first player will drag a token to an empty space on the game board. The game does not automatically control whose turn it is so that players must practice taking turns and following the rules of the game. Player two will then move a token to the board and play will continue in that fashion until someone gets three tokens in a line or the game board is full. 

When a player wins, their score will be incremented and then the players can decide if they would like to play another round. At the end of all of the rounds, the player with the highest score wins the game.

Question Formats

There are 2 ways that educational questions can be incorporated into the game: words or pictures can be displayed on the game board, or multiple choice questions can be asked when a student places a token on the board.

If you have chosen a Word List on the Choose Questions page, then the words or pictures will be displayed directly on the spaces in the game board. Using word lists in this game is a great way to practice reading words and speaking out loud. Instruct the student to say the word for the space they have chosen. On the Game Settings page you can choose to display the word or the picture on the game board and you can also choose to have the game say the word when a token is placed or when a word or picture is touched or clicked.

If you have chosen a Multiple Choice question set on the Choose Questions page, then a multiple choice question will appear when a student places a token on the board. The question will remain until the student answers correctly. Wrong answers do not result in the loss of a turn as this would give the other player an unfair advantage and make it easier for them to win the game.

Fun Ways to Play


Assign this game to students and they will be able to play in pairs on a shared device in a center. To learn how to set up games for centers, please read the article entitled How to Setup Games for Students to Access in Class.

Online Learning

Using your conferencing software such as Zoom for example, choose a word list and then share your game screen with your student. Have your student say the word for the space they want to choose while you control the game. You could also take turns and give your student mouse control so that they can interact with the game.

For more ideas on how to use the games with your students, please read the article Learn Many Ways to Use the Games with your Students.

How to Buy

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How to Select a Tic-Tac-Toe Game on the Choose a Game Page

After you have selected a question set or word list on the Choose Questions page, you will be taken to the Choose a Game page. Click on the Game Type filter to open the list of game types and then choose Tic-Tac-Toe from the drop down list.


This will filter the game selection page to show all of the Tic-Tac-Toe games.

There are many fun themes for this game type including: Sports, Unicorns, Dinosaurs, Halloween, Christmas and more!

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Understanding the Game Settings

The game settings allow you to customize the game in the following ways:

  • Refine your choice of words or questions to include in the game to meet the needs of your learners.
  • Choose from a variety of characters for the players.
  • Say the word when a token is placed or a space is clicked (for Word Lists).

The Tic-Tac-Toe games setting page looks as shown in the image below. You can leave the settings on their default settings and simply play the game, or you can change them to meet your needs.


To learn about the other types of games, see the Game Types section of the Help Center.