What It Is
The object of Oversight is to get four playing pieces in a row: horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. Oversight is set up on a board of moveable square tiles. Before you play, fill the entire board with the colored square tiles in any order. Each player chooses a color (red, yellow, blue, and green) and takes a turn placing one of their circular colored playing pieces on any of the square tiles on the game board. There are stationary pieces on the board when you open it up. This means that only certain rows and columns of the square pieces on the board can be shifted left or right and up or down, and a player can choose to slide a row or column instead of playing a new piece. By doing so, you may stop or block another player from obtaining four in a row or you may move your own pieces into a better lineup. If you push one piece off the edge of the board, simply put it back in the space opened up by moving the row or column.
Oversight comes with a game board, 34 square tiles, 48 circular playing pieces in four colors, and instructions in English, French, Spanish, and German. The game is for two to four players.
Why It’s Fun
The premise of the game seems easy enough—get four in a row—but being able to slide rows and columns on the game board adds a level of strategy. Oversight challenges players to think strategically as they learn from their mistakes and try to predict their opponents' next moves.
Who It’s For
Oversight is for ages 7 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
We were very confused by the directions for this game. They are written so sparsely that it took a while to figure out that the square pieces create the moving grid and the round pieces are what you use to play the game. Once players get the hang of it, it's pretty simple game play, but be prepared for a bit of frustration as you try to figure out how to play.
The colors will be confusing to younger kids, and while there is certainly a level of strategy to the game, there are other games that are less confusing. Classic Connect 4 and Othello come to mind as alternatives.
Make sure to line up the square tiles with the marks on the board so they will be easy to shift in any of the rows that are moveable.
Oversight is available in specialty toy stores.
The circular playing pieces have a solid color on one side and a symbol on the other side. Use the symbol side if you need an aid to see the playing pieces better against the square tile game board.