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Oversight: Abstract Strategy Game


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  • A 4-in-a-row strategy game
  • Easy and difficult version of play
  • Instructions available in 4 languages: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Symbols available on tiles to allow for those who are color blind to play
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  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8 x 1.8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B006ESJKFI
  • Item model number: 4000181
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,258 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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A fast paced 4-in-a-row abstract strategy game. The goal is to get 4 of your pieces in a row before the other players. The added difficulty is due to certain rows and columns being able to slide. Each turn requires either placing a piece on the board or sliding a row. The colour of tiles on the board does not effect where you can place your pieces. In this game no one is guaranteed victory.

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Exercise your mind and outwit your opponents with Oversight, the new fast paced 4 in a row abstract strategy game! Oversight is set up on a board of movable squares. Two to four players compete to be the first to get 4 tokens in a row. On their turn, each player can either place a token on the board, or shift an entire row or column of moveable squares over by one space. The rules are simple but the game gets increasingly challenging as players learn from their mistakes and predict their opponents' moves. This addictive brain-bending game and can be played by anyone aged 7 and up.

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The challenge is that there are rows and columns that can slide.
Ralphy
Well, I don't own an iPad or Android device anyway, so it's not as if I'm missing anything if I only buy the board game.
Pavlova
This makes for some interesting decisions, primarily defensive in nature.
Eugene W. Maloney

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pavlova on April 23, 2013
Rule number one: Never play against someone who works at the company. At first glance, the simple-looking but definitely compelling board game Oversight. After a few quick matches by Griddly Games` Angela Welch, the company's now newly minted Head of Marketing & Operations But I managed to score myself a victory once I got the hang of the sliding tiles and color matching.
Anyway, Oversight is cleverly designed so anyone can play (provided they're not completely color blind and/or can't see the symbols on the pieces that help color blind people play just fine) and what's fun about the game is how you start to predict moves as tiles are placed and slid or not moved at all once they're on the board. It's a mix of Connect Four and Tic-Tac-Toe with a nice twist of being able to push an entire row of pieces in order to secure a victory or prevent your opponent from winning. I know the device crowd would go bananas over this game, but as of yet, I haven't heard of any plans to bring Oversight to the digital world just yet. Well, I don't own an iPad or Android device anyway, so it's not as if I'm missing anything if I only buy the board game. Besides, when the cloud collapses and no one can get a signal, I'll be running my Oversight casino, winning everyone's rations and water while waiting for the power to come back on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eugene W. Maloney on April 6, 2013
To date, Griddly Games of Richmond, BC has not been known for its entrants in the field of strategy board games. They started out with a series of sports-related, dice-roll-your-way-around-a-board games with NASCAR, baseball and hockey themes, that went on to win a boatload of awards from (among others) Dr. Toy, Creative Child Magazine, and IParenting Media. They moved into the field of trivia games with a game called Wise Alec, which went on to win its own boatload of awards from similar sources. Now, they've released a game called Oversight, a two-to-four player, abstract strategy game that bears similarities to Connect4, and a variant of Go, called Go-Moku.
The board is basically a 7 x 7 grid of tiles in four colors (red, yellow, green and blue), 16 of which are affixed to the board; immovable, a row of four for each of the four colors. The other 33 spaces are filled in randomly by a set of 34 square tiles (same color scheme), with one tile left over for a component of game play. At the beginning of the game, the 33 loose tiles are placed on the board randomly, with the one leftover tile placed near the board. Each player receives a set of 12 circular disks, also colored red, yellow, green and blue (each with a different symbol on it), which they will use, in turn order, in an attempt to place four of their disks in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
Simple enough. On your turn, you place one of your circular disks on one of the tiles on the board. Play moves clockwise and opponents place their pieces, one at a time. This continues until one of you has succeeded in placing four of your disks in a row, which, of course, leads eventually to blocking maneuvers, as players attempt to stop an opponent from completing his four-in-a-row task.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on May 1, 2013
This game can be as challenging as the players playing it. It is wonderful strategic game that gets better and better. I have played this game with adults and children. My daughter, who is only 6 loves to play it too. Seems like such a simple concept, I am amazed that no one had ever thought of it previously. This is destined to be a classic someday as soon as the world discovers it.
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This may seem like your classic connect-four style game, but do not be fooled. The shifting tiles add a dimension of game play that is unique and interesting. The ability to move your opponents playing pieces adds an interactivity with the board and the other player that can really get you going with a competitive edge!

It can get fierce!

Fun game and easy to pick up for the young kids. They like the colors. I played with a friend and we ended up in a bitter battle shifting rows back and forth for a while! The colors are a visual distraction adding to the complexity of game play. I almost let my opponent score 4 in a row!

The board is also comes with reversible playing pieces in the event someone is colorblind! Thoughtful!
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We played a lot of connect 4 with our kids. Everyone had to wait their turn since only 2 people could play at the same time. Oversight allows for 2-4 players. This 4 in a row strategy game was simple for us all to learn - get 4 in a row - vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The challenge is that there are rows and columns that can slide.

This allowed for great defensive moves by destroying your opponents set up by simply sliding a row. The kids were as good at this game as we were. Actually they often pointed out how we had an "Oversight" as they made their last move for a win.

We definitely take this game out over and over again.
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