Slideways: A new spin on a classic game!

Recommended Age:8+
Our Recommended Age:6+
Players:2-3
Cost:$14.99
Play Time:10 minutes (may vary)
Contents:Game board, 4 board sections, instructions
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When I think of fun games I normally do NOT think of Tic-Tac-Toe…until R & R came out with Slideways! The idea is to get four in a row of your color on the board to win. Sounds easy right? Sounds like standard tic-tac-toe and several other similar games…but there is a new spin on this old game. Getting four in a row is not as easy as it seems when the whole board can move and opponents can flip colors throughout the game!

R & R is responsible for some our favorite games and yes we have a LOT of favorite games…there are four of us after all. Slideways is a favorite specifically of the Gentleman and his dad, my Comedian. They both love standard tic-tac-toe and were excited to play this one.  The Diva has a good chance to win in this one so she likes it as well. Personally I never liked tic-tac-toe but I do like Slideways and will play a quick game to determine decisions sometimes with the Comedian.

There isn’t much to the game and in fact there are just the main game board that holds the 4 game bar pieces. Each bar and the main board are made out of good quality plastic and decent magnets keep the sections in place. I love that they did that as sliding bars would make it harder and probably not as fun.

The box isn’t very big which means you can take it places and since there isn’t really any setup, and a simple pic of the board will allow you pick up where you left off, you can play just about anywhere. It is even great for long car rides!

The flip parts are the same plastic held in place with a metal pin I believe and the yellow and red are stickers and the blue is the same material as the base. Red and Yellow are the primary colors used when playing a 2 player game and you use the Blue when playing 3 players. It is only a 2-3 player game and is recommended for ages 8+ but a 5 year old could easily play.

Playing is easy enough but strategy will be needed when playing with older kids or adults…well not needed but probably advised. There are no small parts so aside from strategy younger kids could easily learn this game. You can even adjust in the beginning by sticking with just flipping to get 4 in a row and not move the sections. Now let’s play!

Objective:

Be the first to get 4 in a row! Simple…well sort of.

Setup:

Remove the main board with the bars from the box and put it between the 2 players. Then flip all the tiles to the Blue side and have each player choose a color, either Red or Yellow.  If you are playing with 3 players then use the instructions to set up the board. That is it to the set up. Simple! Now let’s play!

Play:

On your turn you can either flip a spot to your color OR slide the bar one spot left or right. You cannot, however, undo what the previous player just did. There has to be another turn before you can flip something back that a player just flipped. Be careful not to slide a bar past a total of 3 spaces. They have to stay connected to the board.

Winning:

The first player to get 4 in a row wins! That is it. Simple…and not at the same time. You can win Horizontally, Vertically, or Diagonally.

My kids love this game but are still struggling with the sliding a bit. They like to just flip the tiles and don’t utilize the slide as much as they should even when playing with adults. We use the slide though in the hopes that they will as well and they do when they play us but not enough. They’ll get there.

The important part is they love playing their own way and have so much fun. A lot of “take that!” or “how about this!” and even “Can’t win now!” get’s said but in good fun…and there is a lot of giggling and laughing.

Slideways is a great game that the whole family can enjoy! We love playing during our homeschool lessons and it helps with planning ahead and anticipating the other player’s moves. It also gets chosen a lot for Family Game Night and Kids Game Nights!

Show us your 4 in a row! @MyGeeklings #Slideways @RnRGames

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
~ Albert Einstein

Author: sandyz