by Amanda Nettgen
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Toss Across is the game of Tic Tac Toe gone physical. It’s a little more exciting and challenging than the paper-and-pencil version.
The game and gameplay
You start by ensuring that all of the Toss Across targets are blank side up. Determine who will be kisses (Xs) and who will be hugs (Os). Then take three bean bags each and stand on opposite sides of the game device, approximately six feet away.
Like in regular Tic Tac Toe, X always go first. Have the player branded with that letter throw one of his bean bags freestyle onto a gaming target. When he’s done, the O player attempts to either change the status of a successful target, or claim new territory.
Play continues until all of the bean bags have been thrown. If no one is yet a winner, the bean bags are collected and tossing continues. Keep playing until your symbol shows up three times in a row either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
You can vary the game by changing the distance to throw from and/or play billiards-style where letters aren’t assigned until the first one is uncovered.
Pros and cons
The biggest pro about this game is the randomness that leads to excitement, suspense, and challenge. A tossed bean bag is susceptible to altering more than one game square, mind you! It instills aim and strategy and is an active game.
As far as cons, it is still just Tic Tac Toe, and the updates to the game with this edition aren’t enough to prevent you from yawning after a few plays.
Toss Across is good for birthday parties and occasional, unique Tic Tac Toe play. I had it as a kid and didn’t play it that often, though.