Board Game Review: Sushi Go!

Board Game Review: Sushi Go!

Gamewright
Ages 8+
2-5 Players
15+ Minutes
108 Cards in a cool metal case

COMPETITIVE

In the fast-paced world of a sushi chef, you must be the most creative and the fastest of all to be the best! Will you serve Nigiri with Wasabi, or create Maki rolls in quantities never before imagined?  Did you remember to serve dessert?  Find out if you are cut out to be the best in Gamewright’s newest card game – Sushi-Go!

Players start with cards in their hand based on the number of players, and select one card to play before passing the rest of their cards to the next player to choose from!  The game is played in 3 hands where all but dessert cards are cleared from the table and scored at the end.  The strategy of the game lies in making the most of the cards passed to you, while trying to stop opponents from making the combinations they need to maximize points.

There are cards that act as multipliers, cards that must be in a set of two or three to be counted and cards that give you points for having the largest quantity at the end of a round.  This teaches or reinforces simple multiplication, pattern recognition, and strategic planning. Pudding cards, which are scored at the end of the game and represent the only negative scoring possibility in the game, teach children collection/set mechanics as well as delayed gratification.

The most interesting dynamic of this game is the chopsticks, which are played in one round, and used on a subsequent turn to play two cards at once from the current hand.  The chopsticks are then passed on to be used by someone else.  While this is likely the hardest concept for smaller children to grasp, they will enjoy the requirement to shout out “Sushi Go!” when they are finally used.

Sushi Go! requires little reading and can likely be played using just color, pattern and number recognition with younger children.  In fact, removing the chopsticks and possibly the wasabi multipliers might assist in making this a game that would be easily played by a pre-schooler while not boring the rest of the family!

As is, Sushi Go! is a fun game to play with your children or even with your adult friends, even if you don’t like sushi!

 Wondering about other Gamewright games? Check our our reviews here!
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