Game Development Reference
APPENDIX A: TIC-TAC-TOE
A simple game such as Tic-Tac-Toe can be used as a reinforcement and review activity for any class at
any level, either as a large group activity or a small group activity. Among the many ways the authors
have used this electronic game are to review and reinforce technical vocabulary, to facilitate the develop-
ment of problem-solving skills, and to facilitate student collaboration. The focus of this activity was not
the game, but rather the learning objective. The game was used to facilitate the learning of the objective.
The following step-by-step procedures describe the construction of an electronic 'Tic-Tac-Toe' computer
game in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010.
1. Open PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. Change the layout of the default title slide to “Blank Slide.”
Display the gridlines by clicking the View Tab, and in the Show/Hide Group, select Gridlines.
2. Draw the Tic-Tac-Toe board using auto shapes. Use Word Art to insert the small “x” as shown in
the first section in Figure 1. Change the font size to 20 points.
3. Use Word Art to enter a large “X” in box 1 as shown in Figure 1.
4. Click on the large “X” to select it. Animate the X for an entrance effect of “appear”: Animation/
5. Add a trigger to have the large “X” appear when you click on the small “x” in box 1: Click on the
arrow next to the effect in the Custom Animation Pane as shown in Figure 2 and select timing.