What Is the Difference Between Parcheesi & Sorry?

By Christina Riopelle ; Updated April 12, 2017
Parcheesi and Sorry! share a common ancestor.

The traditional Indian Pachisi game inspired the designs and rules of both Parcheesi and Sorry! E.G. Selchow & Company introduced Parcheesi in 1869. Parker Brothers first published the American version of the Parcheesi-derived Sorry! in 1934.

Game Pieces

Both Parcheesi and Sorry! players push pawns around the board. Parcheesi players roll dice to determine movement, while the fate of a Sorry! player depends on a drawn card.


The player who moves the most pawns safely to the nest in Parcheesi, or home in Sorry!, wins the game. In the former, there is a communal home base. In Sorry!, each player begins and returns to their own home base.

Rule Variations

Parker Brothers simplified the rules of Parcheesi to adapt for Sorry! Two pawns occupying the same space in Parcheesi block other pawns from passing, and the board is marked with several "safe" spaces. Sorry! players may bump pawns in their path. The safe zone is only located just before a player's home base.