The original Sushi Go! game [http://thenoiseontoys.com/toys/43628/Sushi-Go-The-Pick-and-Pass-Card-Game] was a tester favourite and we think this new deluxe version is even better, although it doesn't necessarily have as widespread appeal as the original. The basic game mechanics are the same (see original review below), but the new version offers scope to change up the cards you use in each game. Each game consists of a subset of pre-selected card types for a total of eight different sushi cards in each game (from 23 possible). Five minutes is added to the noted play time, to allow for setting up the deck, but once that's done the game itself takes no longer than the original, nor is game play any more complex, although the dynamics of each game changes depending on the cards included in the game deck - a huge enrichment for long term play appeal. There are a lot more cards in this version (181 instead of 108), which means more people can play. There's also a much wider variety of sushi cards - more than double the number - each with its own unique way of scoring points. Each of these new sushi cards adds a new dynamics to the game, so to manage all this variety, Gamewright has designed the party version as a deck-building game. That confused some families. Others loved that difffernet cards bring unique dynamics to each game.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
It was a rough start, but when I understood what I needed to do it was great. It is such a quick game, and when the chop sticks come out, then the round goes twice a fast. It is so funny to watch the others try to get high points to be stuck with the wrong cards at the end. It was the game we loved to take camping, it's in it's own tin so we didn't have to be afraid to lose the cards. I really like to play this game and sometimes I was just happy to count the score. I also like the tin box it comes in, it makes cleaning up quick, too!
The game was a bit confusing at first, but easy to learn. There is a good selection of cards with lots of different ways to get points. I like that each game is different than the last since you can pick [use] different cards [for each game]. I hadn't played a game before where you keep just one card and pass the rest along - I like trying to decide what [card] to keep and what to pass each round, and if you should save card for the dessert or pick ones for now. I liked the card that let you choose two at the same time.
I like that there are different cards to choose from which changes up the game each time you play.
This is my favourite game right now. We have played with lots of people and families. I had played regular sushi go before and I really liked it. This has WAY more cards and more people can play and each game can be different because you choose your menu. The choosing cards to build a deck and passing the cards makes it very different from my other games. I like that the cards all have different ways of using them so there are different ways to win.
The age is 8 and up but I can play it. I like that there are faces on the cards - it makes them look cute. It is cool that the game is called Sushi Go and the cards are all different types of Japanese foods. I like that you switch cards each hand.
This is just like the bests game of the summer! I have played it dozen's of time and every game is different. I can't play the same strategy, it's all in the cards you're dealt!
It's so much fun, I love sushi! It wasn't really hard to learn and even counting points is fun. I like that we play many games in a row and it's easy to clean up, we just put it back in the tin.
The games comes in a tin that you can easily store the cards in. I like that you change cards each hand and you have to memorize what is in each hand so you can get a good card the next time to go with what you saved. You can learn other people's strategy by looking at what cards they flip up. My specialty is collecting the pudding cards for the 6 points at the very end of the game. I like how the scoring is different for each type of sushi and how some cards are worth a great deal if you get many of them, but worth nothing if you don't get enough. I like how you can stick people with useless cards at the end. The cards have cute faces and the game teaches you about sushi. It is different than other card games because you keep passing your hand.
WHAT ADULTS THINK
A game that promotes strategic thinking while being fun. Our son (9) liked the large variety of ways to plan on winning, and that each game was different. My daughter (6) loved how cute and happy the food looked and liked to watch us play. I like the concept of the pick and pass, and that the variety of cards made the game different each time you play - it reminds me of the Dominion game but at a simpler level that kids can manage better. The pick and pass [game mechanics] lets you use memory work to try and plan your strategy. The instructions were a bit confusing for someone who has never played - at first we weren't clear about a round vs. a turn, or how scores worked. But once you figure out how to play game isn't too hard and each game doesn't take too long. The card stock seems a bit flimsy - the cards kept sticking together when dealing, but otherwise everything was well made. I like the storage container. It's helpful to have the cards on display to help you remember which cards are in play. We really liked this game and in fact went out and bought our own copy after testing was over. We like board games and this is a great one that is easy to learn and fun to play in groups.
The boys (12, 11, 8) all really enjoy playing Sushi Go Party regularly. There is a lot of strategy, but it's interesting how each game is different. Each card has different strategies so it changes the game each time you play. You can choose which configuration you want each time (there are 7 cards needed for the game and you can choose from about 18 cards). The rules are very well-explained, the only thing that wasn't clear was which cards are classified as different colours (we weren't sure if all greens are considered one colour, and this affects the scoring). The picture cards are sturdy, colourful and attractive. The kids like the reference to different sushi items. I love the box it comes in- there's a slot for each set of cards so you can keep it well organized when it's not being played. It's also in a tin box, which holds up better in our house. The pieces for scoring are tricky- they don't give a lot of room to hold the pieces so they often fall (especially when 2 people are on the same score, which tends to happen often). It's a great game that the whole family (F14, M12, M11, M9) enjoys! It's easy to teach, so their friends can join in and it can be played with 8 players, which makes it fun for a small crowd.
I like the cute little faces on the sushi, especially the tea, fruit, peas and special cards - it's like shopkins. But it's a very confusing game with too many instructions and lots of math. It takes longer than other games because you have to back to the book so much.
Cute artwork; storage tin was great. But time and instructions for set up was the deal breaker. Zahra (F8) had little interest to engage in play with this game. It was too complex for us I think -too many rules and exceptions lost her interest. The vocabulary we were only vaguely familiar with, but the pictures were cute so we played once with the book to help; and again with the cards only to play memory. I just think it might be for older kids - there is a level of math required with this game, especially math in your head. Those who enjoyed the original sushi go game, or those who enjoy drafting style games would have been a better fit.
Miso soup for all! I was amazed at how much the boys (8 & 9) absolutely loved this game. I may have to take them out for sushi soon (they've never been interested)! It was a little complicated to learn initially, but they insisted on several rounds until they had mastered it. They spent hours figuring it out, reading about the various cards, then customizing their own game. I think it appealed to their love of Pokemon card games: exotic, foreign food, complex cards (the pokemon efffect), and the ability to build a custom game each time. I caught M9 studying the instructions and what powers the different cards have, instead of screen time. Once mastered, gameplay is completed quickly, so you don't need an epic weekend afternoon to enjoy. It offers problem solving, planning, math skills all in a durable bento-esquire tin - I also love the storage tin. A lot.
This is a FANTASTIC card game, and one that works exceptionally well with children OR with adults. It is a smart successor to Sushi Go that extends play to up to 8 people (we tested with 7). But it is not without its kinks. Some of the new menu options are confusing or don't work well, and the added people can make the game a little more tedious. Still each and every one of our plays were enjoyed and every new tester always asked to play again. Playability works well between ages and group size. The theme is unique, and there are a few levels of strategy involved. Most of the card additions (over the standard game) made sense, but there were a few that either didn't work well in practice or were a bit confusing. Still, there is enough variety and replayability to really make this a fantastic game. Our testers loved the idea that they actually choose the game mechanics from about 20 different categories of cards. This made each play through unique and did change the strategy in (sometimes) a substantive way. Play has not dwindled over the testing period, they still want to take this game wherever they go. We've played this with 3 different families and it was always an enjoyable experience. We found it travels quite well. The tin case gives it some extra durability which is much appreciated. The case is well designed to hold all of the different categories of cards in such a way that it is quick to start a game. I was concerned the cards would get jumbled up, but the system worked quite well. There is a little bit of time required at the end of the game to organize the cards. If the cards lost that organization, setup would become extremely tedious. Some great strategy involved in the game. My testers even enjoyed discussing how the different cards changed the strategy. We are a family of game lovers, but are also very critical of the games we allow into our permanent collection. This would definitely be one of those games. Appeals to all ages, and would stand alone well as an adult game for casual players as well.
I like the many different ways to score. This is a good game for the brain - you have to memorize the cards that are out in play in each hand.
I think this game is so cute. I love the pictures and I wonder if I will learn all kinds of sushi terminology. I have to admit not much of a sushi lover but perhaps the game will change me.
The is our best summer camping game, the whole family can play for hours. Like all new games, it took us (M10, F11, M12, F14 and adults) a round to understand the rules, they seemed quite confusing at first and Mia (F11) almost quit. But then we all "got it" and the kids called it the best find of the summer! I am not a sushi fan so I don't know the terms, but that didn't stop me from having fun. [Once understood] the rules were easy to remember. The game is quick - we could finish in 15 mins and usually as soon as a game was finished we'd start a new one. Five people can play together, there are 6 of us so the odd man out would count the points and wait until the next round to jump in.
We all (Chloe F6, Jack M9, Grandfather and me) loved this smart little game in the great metal storage game and . At first glance, the 8 different types of cards and the seemingly complicated scoring seems overwhelming...but it is very straightforward. The bottom of each card shows the scoring so nothing need be memorized. You choose the card each turn that you think will yield you the most parts and then pass your hand around until the cards are done. To decide which card to keep, you need to take into account the points and the probability of getting the cards you need while keeping track of the cards in the other hands and what is played. Love the cute pictures. Our sushi vocabulary has improved, too!
The Deluxe Pick and Pass Card Game. We heard your requests… You want more Sushi Go! Well here it is, you got more Sushi Go! This deluxe edition features lots of opportunities to customize your playing experience. You’ll find that while the overall game is basically the same, the variety of cards offers many new opportunities. You’ll also notice that the strategy changes from game to game. How to Play: It's a party platter of mega maki, super sashimi, and endless edamame in this expanded version of the best-selling card game. You still earn points by picking winning sushi combos, but now you can customize each game by choosing a la carte from a menu of more than 20 delectable dishes. What’s more, up to 8 players can join in on the sushi-feast… let the good times roll! Enhances the following skills: Visual Discrimination, Strategic Thinking
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