Sorry! Review
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Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 30-60 minutes

Parker Brothers’ classic game, Sorry!, is one of those board games that should be in every household. An updated form of the Indian game Parcheesi, Sorry! is a competitive game of revenge where players race to be the first to get all four of their pawns into their “Home” square on the board.

Game play is simple: On a player’s turn, he or she draws a card from the middle of the board. The cards are numbered 1-12, and there are also several special “Sorry!” cards. Most of the numbered cards indicate how many spaces forward the player can move one of his pawns, although some cards have special instructions. If a player draws a card numbered 1 or 2, they can move a pawn from Start onto the game board. (A 2 card also allows the players to draw again.) A 4 card indicates that the player must move a pawn backwards four spaces. If a player draws a 7, he has the option of splitting the move between two pawns. An 11 gives the player a chance to switch places with an opponent’s pawn. And a Sorry! Card lets the player take a pawn from Start and place it on the same square as an opponent’s pawn, bumping the opponent back to Start.

Game play can get very fierce and intense as players race around the board, trying to be the first to get all four pawns Home. If one player’s pawn bumps into another player’s pawn on the game board, the bumped pawn has to go back to Start—which can make the players really competitive and vengeful.

Sorry! is just one of those games that everyone should have in their closet. It’s easy enough for kids to play, but it’s fun for grown-ups, too.

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