Giant Noughts and Crosses

  Noughts and Crosses is a game that has been played for several centuries - even its precise history seems unknown. The game has become known (perhaps more popularly) as Tic Tac Toe in American English.

Also known as X's and O's, is a game for all ages.


1 vs. 1.



Game of Skill.

Fun factor

Considering the symmetry of the grid, there are 26,830 possible games of Noughts and Crosses - not bad for a three by three grid.

Although the game seems perhaps a bit simple compared to many other giant games from our portfolio, it is surprising how popular giant Noughts and Crosses can be when laid out at a wedding or party or other event.

Probably not suitable for an adults only event, but anywhere there are children, it goes down well. Usually the Fathers are called over and challenged by the kids - which gives an excellent potential for embarrassment if Dad has had a glass too many and end up losing!


According to Claudia Zaslavsky's book Tic Tac Toe: And Other Three-In-A Row Games from Ancient Egypt to the Modern Computer, tic-tac-toe could be traced back to ancient Egypt. Another closely related ancient game is Three Men's Morris which is also played on a simple grid and requires three pieces in a row to finish.

An early variation of tic-tac-toe was played in the Roman Empire, around the first century BC. It was called terni lapilli (three pebbles at a time) and instead of having any number of pieces, each player only had three, thus they had to move them around to empty spaces to keep playing. The game's grid markings have been found chalked all over Rome.

The different names of the game are more recent . The first print reference to "noughts and crosses", the British name, appeared in 1864. In his novel Can You Forgive Her? (1864) Anthony Trollope refers to a clerk playing "tit-tat-toe". The first print reference to a game called "tick-tack-toe" occurred in 1884, but referred to "a children's game played on a slate, consisting in trying with the eyes shut to bring the pencil down on one of the numbers of a set, the number hit being scored". "Tic-tac-toe" may also derive from "tick-tack", the name of an old version of backgammon first described in 1558. The U.S. renaming of Noughts and Crosses as tic-tac-toe occurred in the 20th century.

In 1952, OXO (or Noughts and Crosses), developed by British computer scientist Alexander S. Douglas for the EDSAC computer at the University of Cambridge, became one of the first known video games. The computer player could play perfect games of tic-tac-toe against a human opponent.

Game Setup and Rules

Noughts and Crosses is a two player game that takes turn marking spaces on a 3 by 3 grid, and the objective of the game is to place three connecting marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row.

Included in the Kit:

1 x Rope Grid
5 x Giant Crosses
5 x Giant Noughts
1 x Manual