Hello everyone! In my last post I had a game haul. I wanted to review some of those games and the first game I will be reviewing is Sushi Go!, a new game released by Gamewright.
Sushi Go! is found wherever games are sold and is around $12. I purchased my copy at my local Henry Bear’s Park Store for $12.99. This game is recommended for people ages 8+, but it is a little confusing to learn. However, once you have learned how to play, it is a lot of fun and is great to play with your family. The game comes in a tin box with a separate lid. My game’s lid is very loose and falls off very easily. I wish it was snugger so that I didn’t have to worry about losing any of the cards.
Upon opening the lid, you get a small booklet of instructions and then two holders for the deck of cards. There are a lot of cards, 108, to be exact, because for the amount of players there are, there are different amounts of cards. You play three rounds and add up the total number of points you have for each of those three rounds. Since you have to keep score of the points, I wish that the game came with a pad of paper to keep score or a score pad.
This game has lots of different cards that will give you different amounts of points. I find this confusing and why this game might be geared a little more to older kids, simply because of the confusing ways you have to get points.
For each round that you play, you reset the cards so you have new cards to work with. You don’t get to add up cards from each round, you play one round, then add up the points, then play another round, add up the points from that round, then play a final round, add up the points from that round. After those three rounds you add up the total from each round together and whoever has the most wins.
These are all the different cards.
There are three types of nigiri that each have a different point value. If you take one of these cards on your turn, you get the point value that is said on the card. If you get a wasabi and put it on top of one of the nigiri it will triple the point value of the nigiri. So if I have a squid nigiri, which is three points, in my pile of cards and then also take a wasabi, I just put the wasabi card on top of the squid nigiri card. Now the point value is tripled to nine points instead of three. Having a wasabi alone without a nigiri card will get zero points.
For the sashimi, if you have three of the sashimi cards in your pile of cards, then you get ten points. If I have one or two sashimi in my pile of cards and the round ends, I get no points at all.
The tempura is like the sashimi, but you just need to have two of the tempura cards, or a set, to get points. You get five points for having a pair, zero if you just have one of the tempura.
The pudding cards are a little confusing because you only count them for points at the end of the game, after all three rounds. Whoever has the most pudding cards at the end of the game gets to add six extra points to their total. Whoever has the least amount of puddings at the end of the game has to take six points away from their total.
The dumpling cards a pretty simple, the more of them you have in a round, the more points you get. If you have one dumpling card, you get one point, two dumplings get three points and so on.
The maki cards have a different amount of maki on each card. Just look at the top left corner to find out if that card has one, two or three maki. You want to have the most maki out of the other players to get the most points. You get six points if you have the most maki out of all the other players. If you have the second most maki, then you get three points. You don’t get any points if you have third most maki or fourth most maki.
The last type of card is the chopsticks card. There are no points that come with this card. You play this card during each round. Instead of having to put down one card into your pile of cards each time, you can put down to if you have this card in your hand of cards.
Lets play a round of Sushi Go!
If you are playing with three people, you deal out eight cards to each player. Don’t show anyone your hand! You have to put down one card from you hand of cards that you will keep. Be strategic-you want the most points, but it is hard to tell if someone will take the cards you want.
If you have a chopsticks card, put it down when everyone has put the card they will keep for their pile of cards and shout out “Sushi go!” Once you use this card, add it back to your hand of cards so the other players can use this. You do not need to use it, but you will almost always use it.
The second card is added and then everyone flips over their card/s.
I have kept the chopsticks card face up to show the different hands of cards being moved around. Once everyone has flipped over their card, you pass your hand of cards to the player on your left. Then you repeat, picking one card from the new hand of cards you have to add to your pile of cards.
The leftmost player in the image has decided to use the chopsticks card and has placed another card to add to their pile of cards.
This will happen until all the cards are used up. Now add up the points. Collect all the cards except for the puddings-keep those until the very end of the game to be scored. All the cards will be put into a discard pile and new cards will be sealed. Repeat the steps, placing a card, passing the hand of cards, placing a card, passing the hand of cards, etc. and then adding up the points.
Overall, this game is very fun and a great family game. I just think the instructions are confusing and may be a little challenging for the age the game is recommended for. I also wish the game came with a score pad for keeping score of the points. The tin lid should also be more snug. I think this game is great and the images are extremely cute!
Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!