Game of the week: Dots and Squares

This week’s game only requires a pen and paper; easy to follow instructions make this activity even more fun



Dots and Squares is an easy game for college students to play.


It is fairly common for students to sit through various ceremonies and concerts during their time at school. If you are a person who finds it hard to sit still and needs an alternate form of stimulation, such as a stress ball or a fidget spinner, this game may be perfect for you.

My friend and I would usually take the time during orchestra and band concerts that we attended throughout our school years to play a game we called “Dots.”

It is similar to Tic Tac Toe, although it is far more rewarding to win. All you need is paper, a partner and two pens. To set up the game, the players need to draw 10 dots evenly spaced down the side of the paper. After those are completed, continue the pattern until there are 10 rows of 10 dots all evenly spaced, creating one large square.

To begin, one player draws a line between the dots. Then the next person will draw a line between two other dots. This continues until one person finds that they can section off a box. If a person is able to create a box, they put their initials in the center to claim it as their own. If a person is able to form a box, they receive another turn until there are no more boxes that can be formed. The player who has the most boxes with their initials in them at the end of the game wins.

I love this game because it helped me form close relationships with those I have played against. It is like chess a little bit, in the way you can learn how another person chooses to strategize and their attitude when they win or lose.

If you have played this game or will in the future, comment below your experiences.