12 November 2012

Sliding into the Mainstream - Sorry! Sliders Review

I know what you are think seriously, a Sorry! game? Games with Two has lost it. They have gone off the deep end. They have gone mainstream. They have forgotten their roots and are doing a review of a Hasbro Game. Well, hold your horses. It's not the end of the world. This offering by Hasbro is a little outside their general realm. Sure, they used the Sorry! license to help drive sales, but this game is nothing like the original.

Overview
Sorry! Sliders was first published in 2008, is for 1-4 players, and takes about 20 minutes to play. The game was published by Hasbro and was designed by Craig Van Ness. The object of the game is to get all four of your colored pawns to home. You do this by sliding four other pawns (they have ball bearings in them) down a track toward a target. Each player takes turns doing this until everyone slides all four of their pawns. Your scores are then tallied and you move your pawns up the scoring track. The first player to get all their pawns home is the winner. This is the basic game play, however there are several different setups and rule variations in the rule book to bring some variety to the game.
Review
Components and Value
You can find Sorry! Sliders at most big box stores for around $20. I found my copy at a thrift store for $1.50, and I purchased another copy on clearance at Target for $10. So, you can find this one pretty cheap if you look in the right places. Either way, $20 is a good value for this game. You get 16 ball-bearing pawns and 16 regular pawns. You also get a couple different boards and rails for custom setups. The rules are easy to understand, some of the scoring rules are not all that clear, but you can figure it out. Overall, it's a great value.
Image via BGG User Grimwold
Game Play
If you enjoy light dexterity games, this might be one you should consider picking up. This is especially a good choice if you have children, since this is a wonderful family game. My 2 year old even enjoys "playing" this one because she can slide the pieces around (Of course, she did she a checkerboard setup once and tried to flick the pieces across, like in Crokinole--I was so proud.) In reality, you probably need to be 4 or 5 to get a handle on the actual goal of the game, but if you are playing and the toddler wants to give it a go, nothing is going to get destroyed. What I have found is this game is the best for is a "travel" version of Crokinole. Crokinole is so big and heavy that I really don't want to throw it in the car and risk damaging it, so Sorry! Sliders is a viable option. The game is also a great way to get someone who may not game normally into playing a game with you. Everyone knows Sorry!, so this could be a great opportunity to show them some other games after introducing this one.

How is it with Two?
Since the board is modular, this game works great with 2, 3, or 4 players. You get some more player interaction with 4, but it is still a good time with 2. I don't think it would be my first choice, when it is just me and Mrs. Games with Two, but it is a good one to bring out when you have a mix of kids and adults, especially since the kids have a good chance of beating the adults.
Image via BGG user DrGrayrock
Final Thoughts
Overall, this is a solid offering by Hasbro and the Sorry! line. It isn't the greatest dexterity game, but it works, and it fills a niche. This is a great one for families especially, however, I can see a gaming group breaking this out as a starter or finisher. to a game night. Finally, if you are just looking a game that is a good value and has good game play, then I would seriously consider picking this one up, you know, for the kids.

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