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Tip Tap Overlap app review: the classic game of tic tac toe enters new realms of puzzlement and perplexity



If you fancy yourself as being a dab hand at problem solving and pattern recognition then you’re going to have an absolute field day with this game. It requires that you flip and rotate squares in order to match up classic tic tac toe patterns across hundreds of engaging and thoroughly addictive levels.

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No matter how many times I judge an app based on first appearances, and no matter how many times I am proven to be too hasty in forming an opinion, I just never seem to learn!

Tip Tap Overlap: Brain Teaser meets Tic Tac Toe!


Tip Tap Turn!

If the concept of Tip Tap Overlap: Brain Teaser meets Tic Tac Toe! seems a little esoteric when you first start playing, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a Getting Started puzzle pack that will, as you might have guessed, get you started with a handful of basic tutorial stages.

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Once you’ve played through these and you’ve got the basic rules of the game under your belt, it’s time to move on to some of the real challenges that await you. There are three free and increasingly difficult puzzle packs to choose from, with more available for download via in-app purchase.

I would recommend playing them in sequence, starting with “Regular 3x3 XOs,” before moving onto its 4 x 4 and 5 x 5 counterparts which feature larger grids to stretch your gray matter even further.


Enjoy Hundreds of Challenging Puzzles

The concept of the game is very simple. A typical tic tac toe board is displayed in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and you are given four grids underneath which must be flipped and rotated until the composite grid in the top-left corner matches up with the gold one beside it.

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I’m probably doing a terrible job of explaining how to play this game, but suffice to say, it is a very simple concept, and the developer has done a fantastic job with the Getting Started puzzle pack. You’ll be up to speed within a few brief minutes.

If you should get stuck at any point, you can tap the light bulb in the top-right corner in order to receive a hint. Hints take the form of a letter ‘F’ which is displayed on your moveable grids, enabling you to simply rotate the ‘F’ so that it is the right way up. This provides a partial solution to the puzzle as a whole.


Tip Tap Overlap: Brain Teaser meets Tic Tac Toe!


Pros and Cons


  • The classic game of tic tac toe enters new realms of bemusement and befuddlement
  • Hundreds of increasingly difficult levels to play through
  • “Getting Started” puzzle pack includes a handy tutorial to quickly get you up to speed



  • There is nothing negative to say about this app


Final Words

Tip Tap Overlap: Brain Teaser meets Tic Tac Toe! is awesome, and as always, it’s very refreshing to see a brand new idea for a game which, although it borrows heavily from well-known concepts, definitely offers a novel challenge for all of you fans of brainteasers out there.


Tip Tap Overlap: Brain Teaser meets Tic Tac Toe!

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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.