- Designer: Rob Newton
- Publisher: Pandasaurus
- Players: 1-4
- Age: 10+
- Time: 30-45 minutes
- Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Pandasaurus
The Sonoran desert spans areas of Arizona, California and Mexico. It is known for beautiful vista and iconic fauna such as the saguaro cactus and the organ pipe cactus. While I’ve never been there myself, it has long been on my list of places that I would like to visit someday. Sadly, right now, there’s not much travel going on in my life, so those plans are on the backburner. And while there also isn’t a lot of boardgaming going on right now, Sonora has provided me with solo and two-players games to allow myself a chance to imagine a trip there.
I have long been a fan of roll-and-write games (and flip-and-write, and tick-and-write) with many different entries in that genre being reviewed on these electronic pages. Sonora is an interesting subspecies of the genre, being the first Flick and Write game that I can remember. From the back of the box: “players flick wooden discs onto a game board representative of different vibrant landscapes across the Sonoran sands. Each area encompasses a different unique game, so skillful aim is required to play in the region of a player’s choosing and score points on your dry-erase sheet! But watch out for other players eager to bump discs to score points for themselves.”