A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Foursight is an innovative board game app that is more difficult than it first appears. It's a strategy board game like chess and checkers with a few twists. The game requires planning and logic to win against the computer opponent.
What's it about?
Kids start with eight white base pieces and four red pieces for their game plus four yellow pieces for their opponent’s game. Players must strategically place the white pieces before placing a colored piece on top. Kids earn a point by getting three of their colored pieces in a row or win the game by getting four in a row. The challenge comes in having to choose the best position for their four colored pieces as well as their opponent’s pieces.
Is it any good?
FOURSIGHT is a digital version of a classic board game that requires foresight and planning. The goal is to connect four pieces, but before a piece can be played on the board there must first be a white foundation piece placed. Also, each of the opponents has four of their own colored pieces and four of their opponent's, which means that they do not have complete control over their own color. This combination of features makes for a truly remarkable game that has more strategic depth than expected.
The appearance of the game is functional but nothing spectacular, and the instructions are a lengthy document that isn't formatted very well. Also, there is a two-player mode that is only available on the iPad, though it would have been nice to include for the iPhone and iPod touch as well. The computer opponent is quite difficult to beat, even on the easy levels, but Foursight is a challenge that fans of strategy games will love.