Source: Quirk Books – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Quirk Books
Edition: Paperback, 1444 Pages
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Think you’re pretty smart? Turn the pages to play your moves and watch as Tic Tac Tome beats you forward, backward, and diagonally. Tic Tac Tome features more than 1,400 pages, hundreds of draws and losses, and just one way for a clever reader to win. No apps, batteries, or touch screens required—Tic Tac Tome is powered by good old-fashioned book smarts. It’s deceptively simple, endlessly addictive, and (nearly) impossible to defeat. Complete with introduction and FAQs for the unfamiliar and unsure, Tic Tac Tome is the smartest book you’ll ever cross.
Tic Tac Tome is not my normal ‘read’, mostly because there is no reading involved. It’s a chunkie little book that you play tic-tac-toe against, and more often than not (far more often) it will either end in a tie or defeat. In fact there is only one way to beat this book and you have to get every move correct or it won’t work.
My tally as of this review: 0 Loses / 2 Wins / 18 Ties
Basically you pick a side you want to start on. The front of the book means you get the first move and the back of the book means the book gets the first move, then you simply pick a square you want your move to be in and you go to the page number listed. Pretty simple. If you’re really bad at Tic-tac-toe this is really good practice and if you’re really good at it, I guarantee you’ll still have to spend a while trying to figure out where to move to get that one win.
I’ll be honest and say I thought that this was going to be a cute little book that I’d loose interest in within a few hours, but I kind of became obsessive with it. I carried it around until I finally (after a day or so) I beat the book, promptly became so excited that I forgot how I did it and I had to start over again. So now I know how to beat it, but that hasn’t stopped me from letting other people try their luck with it. At Least until I forget how to solve it (which I will, probably soon) and take another crack at it.
It’s a really good boredom buster and it’s fun to see others puzzle it over. So if you’re looking for a fun little book to sit on your coffee table or keep the kid quiet for at least a few minutes, why not pick up a copy and try your luck?