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Toss Across: A Fun-Filled Game for Everyone

This old classic is a variation to the all too familiar Tic-Tac-Toe with the added thrill of being an action-oriented game, where you take aim at a target on a game board and toss. The game was first made available in 1969.

Toss Across makes for an exciting game that can be played at parties, with family, or with friends. The game unit is portable so that it can be placed indoors or outdoors for some weekend entertainment. It is full of laughs and action as players have to take aim and hurl the beanbags onto the target. Sounds like fun challenge, but you are not familiar with how the game is played? Well, hop on ‘board’ and let us take you through how it’s played in these easy to follow steps:

What Is Required to Play Toss Across

The game is meant for two players, but it can be adjusted so more people can play by arranging them in teams to accommodate the whole family or a group of friends. To play Toss Across, you need a few components. The game pack comes with a Toss Across unit with a 7.87 x 7.87 x 1.77 inches game board with rotating targets arranged in a 3×3 layout like Tic-Tac-Toe. The targets are in the shape of a triangular prism with three faces (a blank side, an X side, and an O side). Also required are six beanbags.

Toss Across Rules

Decide who scores X and who scores O. The X player normally goes first. Each player takes three beanbags and stands on opposite sides of the Toss Across board, at roughly 6 feet.

How Is Toss Across Played

Like Tic-Tac-Toe, players aim to be the first to get all three letters, X or O in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line. The big difference is how the win is achieved.

To start, all nine targets must be facing blank side up. The aim of the game is to toss the bean back on the board to try and turn it to the desired letter, whether it is X or O.

Two Players

Players get alternate turns to throw the beanbags. The players aim at the nine rotating targets to try to turn up their letter. They keep taking turns to toss at the targets until one player gets all three of their letters lined up in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

The players have to engage various skills, tricks, or simply chance to try to hit their target when they toss beanbag. Players can use an overhand or underhand throw, whichever one works best.

The person playing X starts off the game by hurling a beanbag, aiming to hit a target and flip it to an X. The O Player goes second, repeating a similar play but aiming for an O. The two players continue to alternate the throws until there is a winner ending the game or that particular round.

Playing in Teams

To include four players in a round, the players can be grouped into two teams of two members each. Each team gets three beanbags and stands on opposite sides of the Toss Across board, also at a distance of 6 feet. The first player from Team X first throws a beanbag to try to flip a target, then the first player from Team O, followed by the second player from Team X and finally the second player from Team O. They continue to play in this order until one team wins and that’s the end of the game or that round.

Toss Across Surprise Twist

What gives Toss Across an exciting flare is that no one turn is final. The game is normally not won in one straightforward complete round because it has many back and forth actions reversing and redoing the X or O selection of the opponent or a player accidentally undoing their previous move.

Each player can undo not only the other player’s turn up but their own turn up.   Another additional challenge that usually happens by chance is that a player can flip more than one target in one toss. At times, the target may not flip after a throw depending on how good the throw was. 

The unpredictability of each player’s flip makes it different from the traditional Tic-Tac-Toe.

How is that for an exhilarating family activity at a retreat or picnic?

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