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What Is What: Sorry Rules

| November 30, 2023 | How To

The Game of Sorry has been one of the most popular games since its release back in 1933. It is a game that can keep individuals of every age engaged and happy. But what is it?

The game of Sorry is a simple game to master. In this article, we have covered everything related to the Sorry rules, points scoring, safe zones, etc. 

Sorry: Overview

Sorry Overview

Not many people know this, but Sorry was a very popular board game during the 70s, 80s, and 90s. This game is quite old and was released first in 1933. In this game, a player’s objective is to move their pieces across the board to their ‘Home.’ Unlike other board games, this game does not use dice.  Instead, there are 45 cards that help the player to move their pawns. However, there is a twist. 

In the deck of 45 cards, there are four ‘Sorry’ cards. These ‘Sorry’ cards are equivalent to wild cards. You can use these sorry rules to knock your opponent’s pawn back to its starting position. If you have ever played Ludo, you might get an idea of how the game functions. Nonetheless, this can be a very fun and frustrating game at the same time. However, do not worry, I will take you through the game slow

The Set Up

Setting up the Sorry game is the very first thing that you need to know. This will help you understand the Sorry rules and regulations with more depth and substance.

The game begins with each player picking a color. These colors include red, green, yellow, and blue. Place your pawns on the corresponding color once you are done selecting them. 

Now, shift your focus to the deck of cards. You can shuffle your cards after removing the nines and sixes from the deck. Shuffle the cards using any method you want and place the deck in the ‘Place Pack Here’ section. This is now the draw pile. 

Pick a player and start the game from anti-clockwise. However, the pawns will move across the board clockwise.

How To Play?

Now that you are aware of the correct setup and the fundamentals of the sorry rules and regulations let us proceed to the next stage. In this section, we will try to analyze different aspects of the game. Hopefully, by the end of it, you will get a hang of it.

Object, Equipment & Starting

Every game requires certain pieces of equipment. Some of the basic pieces of equipment for Sorry include:

  • One pack of cards with 45 cards. You can even use UNO cards but make sure you remove the nines and sixes. 
  • A game board with markings.
  • Sixteen playing pieces or pawns. Four pieces per color.  

The game begins with players choosing their color sets. Subsequently, place your pieces on the starting line of the game. The game moves from left to right. But the pieces on the board will always move from right to left. Ideally, the last game’s winner is allowed to go first, but you do you!

The primary objective of the game is very simple. All you have to do is to move all four of your selected pieces from ‘Start’ to the ‘Home’ section. The game sounds quite similar to the popular game of Ludo. However, you are not using dice to move your pieces. You are using cards.

Moving The Pieces

As the previous section mentioned, the primary object of the game is to move your pawns from the starting line to their respective home. But it sounds simpler than it actually is. This game is all about luck and careful calculation. 

While moving your pawns, you need to remember that two pawns of different colors cannot occupy the a same space. Therefore, you can either jump over a pawn or bump a pawn to its starting position. If you have a sufficient amount of moves and you have a pawn in your path, you can jump over it. However, if you land on a pawn and do not have enough moves to proceed further, then you have to bump the former pawn back to its starting position.

One unique thing about this game is that the pawns over here can move backward as well. If you draw a 4 or 10, your pawn can move at least 2 spaces behind. Therefore, you can directly move to the safety zone if you are lucky enough.

While playing, you will notice that there are a few spaces that have triangle symbols. These spaces can help catapult your pawn. Your pawn will catapult several spaces forward if it lands on these spaces.


The colors and zones primarily govern the game of Sorry. If you have selected red, you can only enter safety zones that are red. However, slide zones have no color restrictions. I mean, regardless of your pawn’s color, you can slide across these zones if the pawn lands on them. Other than that, you need to be careful about the color codes. 

End Game

As a player, your primary objective is to transport all of your pawns across the board to their respective safe zones or ‘HOME.’ The first player who manages to transport all of their pawns to the safe zone will win the game. The total number of pawns that you need to move usually varies between 4 to 2. I personally prefer the game variant with just 2 pawns. I think it makes the rounds go faster and keeps the players more engaged, 

End Note

So there you have it. We have covered everything there is to cover about sorry rules, moving, endgame, etc. If you still have some problems cracking the code of the game, just write to us. And keep on following our page for more such content related to board games and casinos. Till then, happy gaming!

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samik ghoshal
samik ghoshal

Samik has been a literature student all along and uses his fluidity to write about multi-niche topics. Aspiring to be a professional writer, he tries to analyze his topic from a critical standpoint but still adds a hint of personal perspective to the end product. Being a person having a general inclination toward global politics and documentary filmmaking, he also wishes to write and document more about numerous conflicts that are brewing in the different corners of the globe.


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