Circles with Grandma

Note ‚Äď The online version of “Circles with Grandma” (here at is just a demo. Only the Human vs Robot game mode is available. To purchase a copy of the full version, see the Mac & iTunes App Stores.

Mac App Store | iTunes App Store

Circles with Grandma is based on a pen and paper (or pencil and paper) childhood game. It’s more advanced than tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses) but it’s still just as easy to play.

This pass-and-play game is meant to be played with 2 to 4 people. (If no friends or family are around, you can play against the computer.)

In this family friendly game, players take turns coloring in circles. The goal is to complete a row or column of circles. The one who completes the row or column gets a points for each circle in the completed row or column.

While there is an option to use colors for the circles, this isn’t Connect Four. The goal is to complete a row or column. It’s not about matching colors. This leads to interesting strategies as the number of available spaces are reduced.

Watch out for combos!

This is a game that my family played in Brooklyn, about four decades ago. The aim of this app is to bring back the togetherness of family. The game is meant to be played in person, while using technology to remove the tedium of drawing a new game or coloring in the circles.

Each turn is as simple as a tap!

Family Friendly Features

  • ¬†Universal Binary (Runs on iPhone & iPad)
  • ¬†No In-App Purchases
  • ¬†No advertisements
  • ¬†Play in Landscape or Portrait modes
  • ¬†No Internet necessary, play offline*

* You have to download it first though.

The file size is also very small for an iOS app. That means you probably won’t have to delete a different app or game to make space for this one.