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Sorry is a classic board game where players race to get their pawns from their starting point, all the way around the board, and into their home base. The first player to move all four of their pawns into their home base wins the game.
There are a few unique things about the game Sorry.
The first is the cards used to move around the board. The Sorry deck contains no sixes or nines, and most of the cards have two options of what you can do.
For example, ones and twos can be used to move out of your starting spot and elevens can be used to move 11 spaces forward or to swap spots with another player on the board.
The next unique portion of the game is the Sorry card. When this card is played, you take a pawn from your starting spot and place it on a spot currently occupied by any other players’ pawn. That pawn is then sent back to their starting point.
The third unique rule in Sorry is jumping and bumping. When going around the board, no two pawns can occupy the same spot. You can, however, jump pawns to continue traveling around the board. If you were to land on a spot occupied by your own pawn, you have to forfeit your turn (or move another piece); however, if you land on a spot occupied by an opponent, you send their pawn back to their starting spot.
The last unique trait of a game of Sorry that we are going to review is the slide. Each side of the board contains two slides, both the same color. When you are lucky enough to land on the triangle that starts the slide, you immediately slide your pawn to the end. If there are any pawns between the start of your slide and the end of your slide, you bump those pawns back home.
Not every pawn can take advantage of every slide though. Players cannot move across a slide that is represented by the same color as their pawns, but they can slide on any other color.
With all the different ways that players can end up with their pawns back at the start, it is highly likely that your opponents will be using the word Sorry often. The nice thing about a game of Sorry is that the game is simple enough for young kids, but contains enough strategy to be challenging for a group of adults also.
In addition to the base rules, there is a team variant where players can move the pawns of the color opposite of them. And for an extra challenge there are rules for keeping score. This gives a new depth to the game if you plan on playing multiple rounds.
To see all of the different Sorry editions and spin-offs currently available you can click here.
Can You Split Moves In Sorry?
In the game of Sorry, there are times that you will draw a number that would work out perfect for you… if you could move more than one pawn. An 11 is a great card to get early in the game when you need to move around the entire board, but it isn’t so great when you have most of your pieces on the last leg of the board.
There aren’t many cards that will allow you to split moves in Sorry, in fact there is only one number that can be used to split moves among more than one pawn.
If you draw the number seven in a game of Sorry you can move two pawns any combination that adds up to seven total spaces or a single piece seven spaces. The combination could be moving one piece three spaces, and the other four or any combination that equals seven.
The only thing that you have to be sure of is that you must move a total of seven spaces. If you are not able to do so, you must forfeit your turn.
If you are using the rules that pair players in teams, you can move any of the eight pawns owned by your team that are on the board. This allows you to move your partner’s pawns or your own.
Why Is There No 6 Or 9 In Sorry?
In the game of Sorry, the randomization is produced by a deck of cards. The cards are numbered from 1 to 12, and the number determines how many spaces that you can move around the board. Some of the cards allow you to do other things, such as take a pawn from the starting spot and move them into play, or swap spots with another player’s pawn.
As you play, you will notice that each card tells you what extra moves they offer. Some cards can only be used to move your pieces forward, but a 4 will send you backwards.
A seven lets you split your move among multiple pawns. If at any point you cannot move the number of spaces required by the card, you must forfeit your turn.
As you play, you might notice that there are no cards with a 6 or a 9. For a game that has numbers 1 through 12 it is odd to have two numbers skipped.
It would be nice to have a cool story as to why the 6&9 cards were omitted from the game; however, it really just boils down to simplicity. The makers of the game thought that players might confuse the 6 and the 9, so they left them out of the game completely.
The original edition of Sorry contained 44 cards. There are 11 different cards, and the game had 4 copies of each card. Later in its production, an additional 1 was included to help speed up play, but if you want to play the “old-school” style, you can always leave the extra one out.
Sorry is a great game that can become very frustrating. Due to the way the game is played, you can go from being almost completely finished to nearly starting over in the blink of an eye.
Whether you are hearing Sorry from a player landing on the same spot as you, taking you out on a slide, or drawing a “Sorry” card, the end result of your pawn being back in the starting spot is a tough one to take.
Just remember, what goes around comes around, and there are 3 more Sorry cards where that one came from.