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Sorry Sliders: Table Top Bocce Ball

This weekend we found a used, complete, copy of  “Sorry Sliders”.  Normally, this is a game I wouldn’t really get too excited about, but it was a complete used copy which is very hard to find.  It seems this game is always missing some pawns. One of my close friends really enjoys skill games, so this added to my incentive to purchase this one.

Sorry Sliders, really is table top bocce ball, or curling, with a simplified scoring system.  Each player takes turns pushing one of their weighted roller pawns down a track toward a bullseye.  You can try to knock other players pawns into bad positions, while placing your own piece in a stellar position.

The blue bullseye board. Whichever ring your piece ends up in is the score you get.

There are four different boards that come with the game, which keeps the strategy fresh.  The first board, the blue board, is just a bulls eye, nothing special.  The other side of that blue board is red, and contains locations called “Danger Dots”.  If your pieces lands within these areas, it’s immediately removed from play.  The next board, the green board, has a hole in the center that you want to get in. While its flip side, the yellow board, entices players to get as close as possible to the center hole without falling in.

The scoring for the game was really easy, which is something that can’t be said for bocce ball, curling, or other similar games (like corn hole).  If your piece breaks the plain of another scoring bracket, you receive the higher score, whether you want to or not. There was no subtracting, or guessing who is closer to some target, like there is in the other games.

A four player game in progress. Each player still has one more pawn to shoot.

Given the variety of boards to play on, and the different configurations of tracks, this game has enough variants to keep it fresh and fun for many rounds.  We sat and played about five full games of this (each consisting of at least 3 rounds) before we put it away.

It’s unusual for me to feel high praise for a mainstream big box store game.  However, compared to some of the other alternatives on a Wal-Mart or Target shelf, I feel that this one is pretty good. If you have a few dollars to spare and enjoy skill games, I would say you should give this one a try.  It might not make your “Favorite Game Of All Time” list, but it’s certainly worth it.

This entry was posted by The_Null_Entry on Monday, February 14th, 2011 at 4:18 pm and is filed under Board Game Reviews, Skill Games .
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