“Oversight” is a fast paced strategy game that is simple to play, but is filled with clever ways to outwit your opponent. The game board includes 16- 2″ square tiles, which are permanently affixed to the board, each of them elevated slightly higher than the actual playing surface. The spaces in between the elevated squares are filled with matching 2″ squares, so that the beginning set up totals 49 square tiles, 33 of which can be moved from side to side and up and down, and the original 16 that are basically glued in place. Each player then chooses a single color of round playing pieces, and the game is ready to go.
The object of the game is to place round playing pieces on the board, either on one of the permanent square tiles or on one of the tiles that can be moved, until you have 4 pieces in a row, horizontally, diagonally or vertically. The first player to get four in a row wins the game.
However, as turns alternate, a player has an option to slide an entire row or column of square tiles, which moves any playing pieces to a different location on the board, perhaps ruining someone’s chance at 4 in a row. Keep in mind that 16 of the square tiles cannot be moved as they are permanently attached to the playing board. Players must plan several moves ahead to keep their opponent off guard and keep themselves in the game.
Our focus group was aged 6 to adult, and we played each game with 4 players. The group enjoyed the challenge and many of the games ended in less than 15 minutes. Several of the players complained that the person going first had a distinct advantage over the other players, putting the others more on the defensive right from the start. But the majority did not seem to agree. Overall, everyone agreed it was a fun game for all ages. It retails for $24.98 and can also be found at Amazon.com.
— RJ Cullen
— RJ Cullen