The Game of Sprouts

Lorenzo H., Webmaster/Reporter

Have you ever heard of the game Tic Tac Toe? Yes, the one you used to play when you were 6 or 7, but now you always give up because both you and your opponent can’t win? Well now, many people play Tic Tac Toe with AI, and people haven’t been playing quick card games or simple pen and paper games together! 

Here is a solution, play the game Sprouts! “Sprouts” you ask? Sprouts is a simple game with simple rules, created by mathematicians John Horton Conway and Michael S. Paterson in the 1960s. The rules are simple. You start with two dots, and two people. You have to connect the dots with lines, and for each line you add another dot. Lines can be straight or curved. However, there should be no more than three lines touching a dot. You also cannot cross any lines.

It’s simple!

Here is an example of Sprouts (The grey dots represent

“dead” dots):


Watch Vsauce2’s video “The Dot Game That Breaks Your Brain” for more info on this simple, yet complicated game!