Ruin: A fine variation of Sorry for your *kids* to enjoy.

It was our usual Monday night of gaming, and a close friend had brought a copy of a game:  Ruin.  It was described as having sorry like mechanics but with a continually changing board.  That last part I found slightly intriguing, and loving to try new games, I figured “why not?”.  However, what I found was nothing more then I initially expected, which unfortunately was a long winded roll and move with very limited game play. It was certainly better then normal “Sorry”, and thus might be an excellent addition to your game closet if your gamers are only approximately 6-10 years old.

The die used in Ruin. The die consists of red and white sides, numbered x-7.

The game starts by rolling a twenty sided die, with only numbers x-7 on it, and red sides and white sides.  You move the number of spaces indicated on the die.  If the number rolled is on a red side, you also get to manipulate the board.  This latter part is what makes this game unique, and also frustrating for adults.

The board is manipulated via cards with paths shown on them.  You slide out any card on the board, and slide in a different card, thus changing the path.  If this manages to cause someone to be on a spot without a path showing, they fall in a chasm and are sent back to the closest symbol of their color.

The cards used to manipulate the board. These slide in and out of a plastic track that holds the board together.

What this led to was about an hour of back and forth with no progress being made.  My group is often pretty cutthroat, so when we saw an opportunity to drop someone and see them go back, we took it… every time.  By the time we decided we were done with that game, no one had gotten their pawn around the board, and many were on the same side of the board they had originally started on.

For kids, or much much less cutthroat players, this could be a cute little game to kill a couple of hours with.  As said before, it is better than Sorry, as there is some small amount of choice in what you do.  Changing the board is a neat mechanic and one I was looking forward to.  I had originally envisioned something more akin to “Amazing Labyrinth”, another board changing game, but alas, this game didn’t hold that much skill or interest.

So, if you spot this game, and you have little ones, you might consider picking it up.  But for an evening of gaming with adults, go ahead and leave this game by the way side.

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