Sushi Go Party! | The Tabletop Letters

Dear Readers,

My bout with shingles seems to be coming to an end. Between antivirals, a concoction of essential oils that a friend gave me, and a lot of sleep thanks to my dear husband, I’m feeling much better and no longer look like I was stung by a bee in Animal Crossing. With that in mind, I’m going to try to change up when I’ll be making my posts.

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The other night we played Sushi Go. This was a cute game that we played with friends a while back and enjoyed immensely. I think my sister got us this game a while back, but I can’t remember, to be honest. To whomever gave this to me – Thank You!

This is a very cute game. It’s easy to play, and the Party version is even easier! I’ll explain below. You pick an item of sushi to collect and the hands are all passed. The turns are all simultaneous.

Here’s the breakdown:

Players: 2-8 Players

Play time: 30 Minutes

Age: 8+

By: Gamewright

Now I’ll rate it based off its Accessibility, Mechanics, and Engagement.

Accessibility

Even if you’ve never been to a sushi shop, you’ll be able to play this game. My husband enjoys this game, and sushi is not his favorite. The nori is just not his thing. No eating of raw fish required. Yes, I know … sushi is the kind of rice that is used in the dish, and not the actual raw fish. I enjoy a vegetarian good roll with mango crispys, avocado, cream cheese, and tofu. I haven’t had sushi in so long. Woe is me. Each card type offers a different way to gain points. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins. What makes it really fun is that the cards are passed between the players. It requires some strategy.

The party edition has a special board that lists the card information for the menu being played. The menu is the particular set of cards. This last game that I played was one that the rule book said was particularly good for two players. When we’ve played in the past, it was the base game with the base cards. To increase confusion, there is also a card titled menu that is unrelated.

The party edition offers quite a few more options for the cards than the original game, which was interesting.

The text is clear, but some of it is a little small. It might be easiest to play this game with reading glasses, if you need them. The illustrations are adorable, but with so many greens, pinks, beiges, oranges, and yellows, I think this could definitely be a game where wearing EnChroma glasses would help someone with colorblindness.

When we played this time, as far as dyslexia goes… I kinda misread a few of the cards and the rule book, but that could have been sheer exhaustion amplifying this. The cards in particular that got me were the Miso Soup, and the Uramaki. For some reason … the rules said something about the turns being simultaneous, and not really having turns. This is true, but … it made me a little confused about playing the Miso Soup card. It said something in the rule book about how there could only be one, and it seemed like it meant on the table, and that others had to be discarded. When we played it however, it seemed like instead it meant only one could be played at the same time.

As for the Uramaki, when I read that, I was under the impression that the first person to get to ten received the 8 points and that if it was a two player game, then that was that. By the third round, I realized that was not the case when we discussed why I’d just not been playing those cards.

This might have been more me being tired, but it seemed like I had a hard time both deciphering those particular cards, and the rule book, which has small text and is very stylized.

While this game would probably be easy to play with kids, I think it would be best to stick to the ages eight and up recommendation. It is definitely one that I think could be a little challenging for younger kids.

Lastly, this game would not be easy to play if holding cards is difficult for you. I don’t think a card holder would help much in this game, unless there were card holders for every single hand. It could be a little cumbersome.

Mechanics

This is a pick and pass card game. Each player is dealt a hand. They select one card out of their hand to keep, and then pass their hand. This continues until there are no more cards.

Unless there is a special card allowing you to draw additional cards, then what is dealt out is all there is to chose from. This means that depending on how the cards are shuffled, you might not encounter everything that you need in the quantities required. For example, there was one round where I had every intention of trying to score the Onigri, which offers points for each different type. I ended up with only two of the four, and there were no others played during that round at all.

There’s a counting cards type strategy to this. Once every person has selected their cards, the card they have selected is flipped over. In a game with just two people, it’s easier to recall what was selected out of their hand. It is entirely possible to play cards just to keep someone from getting what they need. For example, the card Tempura can only be scored in pairs. The Tofu card is worth 6 points for 2, but 0 points for 3. If you leave someone who is trying to score tofu a third card, then you nullify their pair.

Overall, the mechanics work pretty well. I think the Party game is a definite improvement because it has a score board, and that legend for the cards that are on the “menu”. In the base version without the board, it was a little tricky to remember what some of the cards other players had were.

Engagement

Since there is constant play, this game is very engaging. Each round ends up being a little different too because of the shuffling – the hands are different each round, so even with the same menu, the strategy has to constantly be adjusted.

With the Party version, there are quite a few new cards that I really look forward to playing. It was a fun, quick game.

In Closing

This is a cute, inexpensive game that is fun for family and can accommodate a wide variety of players. We’ve realized that quite a few of the games we have that can accommodate larger groups won’t allow for two players.

The base card game seems to be everywhere, and I see the party version around quite a bit too. This is a cute game to add to your collection, and it’s easy to play. it’s very accessible, so if you have time to kill and don’t want to just sit around with people staring at cell phones, then this would be a great opportunity for having some fun.

As always, this game is available on Amazon, and this post was #notsponsored.

Happy Gaming! Play On!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. This is a fun game, my daughter really likes it. Sorry to hear about the shingles. I got them for the first time when I was a kid and I get an outbreak every few years. They are extremely painful, I feel for you.

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    1. Thank you! I’m so sorry to hear you have it recur so often!

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