Inspired by Genius Brands International’s new “Shaq’s Garage,” an animated action-comedy series for children starring and co-produced by the legendary Shaquille O’Neal, Tic SHAQ Toe adds an exciting brand to the arcade industry’s basketball genre. The kids’ program, streaming on the Kartoon Channel!, follows the adventures of O’Neal’s unusual collection of anthropomorphic cars, trucks, and other vehicles known as the “Shaq Paq.” Andamiro’s Tic SHAQ Toe ingeniously adapts an age-old pursuit into a free-throw arcade game basketball game.
Decked out in a colorful Shaq’s Garage graphics package, Tic SHAQ Toe Basketball for arcades is easy to play, family-friendly, and challenging for players of all ages. One person can compete against the game’s computer, or two can go head to head. Players aim to shoot a ball into one of the nine baskets arranged in the 3×3 tic-tac-toe grid. The first player to complete a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line of three Xs (or Os) wins the match. If no one wins, the game ends in a draw.
Like the venerable pencil-and-paper pastime, Tic SHAQ Toe Basketball is a game of strategy, only a lot more fun. Whereas the best tactical effort from both players of the familiar contest almost always ends in a draw, Tic SHAQ Toe requires good basketball shooting skills to succeed. Three rows of baskets step toward the player station, with the last row being the farthest and highest, making each shot different. Shots missed or bounced into unintended squares leave openings for the next X or O player.
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