August 24, 2010 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Columbia, South Carolina - Created by a retired research mathematics professor, Circular Tic Tac Toe 1.0 is the only game of its kind on the iPad App Store. It's as easy to learn as Tic Tac Toe, but with considerable tactical and strategic complexity. The play is challenging, exciting, and filled with surprises.
The two-player game consists of a circular board divided by a grid into 32 squares. The players place pieces in consecutive turns with the objective being to get four pieces in a row around the circle, in a line from the center, or in a spiral. The user can play another human or play the computer at any of five strength levels from Easy up to Expert (where the computer can find forced wins in up to 12 moves ahead). In addition to the game play, the app includes 50 puzzles in three difficulty levels - with more to come in updates.
Circular Tic Tac Toe supports both landscape and portrait modes. The game is very small, less than 2MB, and loads almost instantly. Game play is smooth, fluid, and nicely animated. The user has the option to hide all the buttons and labels on the screen for a fully immersive game experience. All settings are preserved between sessions, and the user will resume a game exactly where she left off. The app includes detailed, but easy to access, documentation of all its features.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
* 2.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Circular Tic Tac Toe 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. An iPhone version of the app is planned for release in the early fall.
David Sumner is distinguished professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of South Carolina and is also the author of Pentos, a board game/puzzle app, that was recently featured in Apple's What's Hot in Board Games. He has been an Apple developer for about 20 years. Copyright (C) 2010 David Sumner. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.