Just like Noughts and Crosses, this game is played between two players, adding a symbol to the board in turns. However, unlike Noughts and Crosses, the players use the same symbol (a cross), and can both contribute to the same line. Interestingly, although this is a simplification of Noughts and Crosses, it actually improves the game by making a draw impossible instead of practically guaranteed.
Notakto is usually played in misére mode where the goal is to avoid making a line of a specific length, but can also be played in normal mode where the goal is to make such a line.
Note that in the game below, each player's symbol is drawn in a different colour, but this has no significance for the game—a winning line can be of any combination of colours.
Choose a size for the board, a target length for a winning line, and a style of
play (i.e. misère or normal). Click a blank tile to place an X, or hit the
Computer button to let the computer make the next move.
Next move: Player 1 Player 2
Consider a 3×3 board, with target length also 3.