Selah Fairport(twcrew)United States
Game: Boom-O and Sorry! Revenge Card Game
Both are hand management games. Boom-O allows up to 6 players and has an almost party game feel to it when played with the right crowd. Sorry Revenge only allows 4 players.
Both have indicator cards which show how close you are to the end condition of the game. In Boom-O you objective is to not blow up the three booms in front of you. In Sorry Revenge the goal is to be able to flip your pawn cards from the "start" side to the "home" side. This is accomplished by best managing your hand and the sequence of cards you play.
Both have a "race against the clock" or "don't go over this number and bust" objective. Boom-O has a clock that you don't want to go past 60, and Sorry Revenge wants you to not past21.
Both feel similar to UNO and have special action cards. This, however, is where the two games differ. In both you have cards that affect the current count either up or down, and cards that switch game play direction.
Boom-O shines in having cards that can be used in a mean, attack, or aggressive way. Such as cards that force the next player to play two cards which has a high chance of making them lose the round if the clock is at it's limit. Or a card that makes everyone blow up a bomb if they can't play a safety card; but if everyone plays a safety card than the person who played it blows up their own bomb. Knowing when to play these special cards is where the strategy comes in.
Sorry Revenge is like Boom-O without the bite. The special action cards only affect you, and there are not cards that act aggressively against other players. It feels like Mom has stepped into the room and told you to play nice with your sibling when you really aren't in the mode to play nice.
Boom-O plays better with adults, and Sorry Revenge plays better with kids. Boom-O can have a lot of laughs and trash talk with the right group, giving it a party game flavor. It's best as a beer and pizza night type game.
Boom-O was never really marketed, that I remember. Which meant it died a quick death, was sold off to UNO, still not marketed well, and has gone out of print. It's a shame. I might have liked Sorry Revenge slightly more if I hadn't felt like it was a nicer watered down version of Boom-O.
The Verdict: Play, possibly Purchase Boom-O, especially for casual groups of gamers who have a slightly competitive and goofy streak;
Pass, possibly Play for Sorry Revenge, especially if with kids who like Sorry the board game.