Dear Tic Tacticians,

Almost four years ago, we released a product that was based on a game every schoolchild across the world has either heard of or played — Tic Tac Toe. Our version of that iconic game took the basic mechanics and added some new elements to make it an inherently deeper experience  — the type of game that you could pick up and play at any hour of the day or night.

For the most part, we feel like we succeeded in that respect. We received a lot of feedback and kind words regarding the depth, strategy, and versatility of the gameplay. For some of our players, it became an almost constant obsession, which is one of the greatest compliments a developer can receive in this day and age where attention is often measured in minutes if not seconds.

Tic Tactics was our first online game and a technical challenge from the very beginning. We learned a lot of things along the way and we made a lot of mistakes that we wish we could take back — from the restricted time settings to the lack of an online chat function. These were all features we were determined to one day provide via updates. In fact, we must have told hundreds of players over the years that this was on our roadmap for “future” versions of the game.

Alas, the game never reached the critical mass we were hoping for and supporting and updating it was fueled far more by our commitment to our existing players than anything else. Online costs to support the game continued to eat up any revenue it actually made and our development team gradually got engaged with other projects at our studio. That said, we were determined to keep the game operational for all of the die hard fans that continued to play it many times per day.

Fast forward to earlier this year. When iOS 11 was finally announced, we realized the end was near. Apple decreed that all older games had to be updated to continue to exist on the App Store, and as much as we wanted to do it, we knew that overhauling Tic Tactics to support these technological changes would be a large undertaking. As much as we want to continue to support the game, there becomes a point where the size of the audience playing and the cost to continue developing for it outweigh the benefits of keeping it running. When iOS 11 releases, we will have reached that unfortunate crossroads.

Which brings us to this sad announcement — Tic Tactics will be shut down at the end of November. We will be suspending the service on our servers and we will be ceasing to support the game any further. Although pre-iOS 11 and Android users will be mostly unaffected until November 30th, iOS 11 users will no longer be able to download or play Tic Tactics as of this week. This is a very painful announcement for us to make, as the last thing we want to do is let any of our players down. We hope that those of you who have stuck with us for these past four years have enjoyed playing the game — we certainly have enjoyed making it for you.

Thank you again, and we look forward to making something equally as cool for you in the future.

— Your Friends at Hidden Variable Studios



Featured by Apple in “BEST NEW GAMES” and “WHAT WE’RE PLAYING”! Top 5 Board Game! Top 10 Strategy Game!


“Everything about Tic Tactics is clean and fast.” – VentureBeat

“Tic Tactics is as Brilliant as it is Simple” – Slimgamer

“A smart twist on an old classic” – Gamezebo

“It’s one of those rare strategy games that anyone can pick up and play and find an infinite number of ways to tackle its challenge provided that they know how to play Tic-Tac-Toe.” – Touch Arcade

Meet Tic Tactics


O – Turn-based, online multiplayer

X – Easy to pick up and play

O – Sleek and colorful interface

X – Worldwide ranking system

O – Leaderboards – The ultimate list of players pulled
from every platform

X – Challenging friends on Facebook and Game Center

O – Full Player Profiles – Check your stats and that of
your opponents!

X – Local Pass & Play – Great for game night with friends!

A Classic Reborn

Behold – Tic Tactics! A fresh take on a familiar classic. A one-on-one challenge of wits and artful deception!

What is Tic Tactics, you ask? Simple. It’s a 2 player, turn-based strategy game that’s as easy as Tic Tac Toe…but packed with trickery and subterfuge.

The twist in Tic Tactics is that YOU decide precisely where to send your opponent with every turn. Make a good move for yourself without falling into a cleverly devised trap!

Are you up for the challenge? Dive in to Tic Tactics today and show off your guile. Challenge a friend via Facebook and Game Center or duel against a random opponent. As you play, you’ll increase your stats and rise to the top of the worldwide ranking system. Kick back at home with mug of cocoa, a crackling fire, and Tic Tactics. The local Pass & Play mode helps you capture the feeling of a classic board game.

Wait no further! Fulfill your destiny as the ultimate Tic Tactician!

Tic Tactics. A classic reborn.