Sushi Go Party Card Game Review (Gamewright)

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Sushi Go is a game about attempting to eat food that is far too adorable to eat. A simple party game that plays a large number of people, Sushi Go is often whipped out at birthday parties and other casual gatherings. It's a good example of how unobjectionable-yet-memorable art can make a game. Sushi Go is a pick-and-pass set collection game, in which players try to make up specific sets of sushi in order to score points. The only decision players usually need to make is which card to keep.

Sushi Go Party adds onto the popular game by adding new menu items and letting players choose which of those items they want to include in each game. This increases the variety and replayability of the game, as players need to constantly adjust their strategies to compensate for different scoring mechanics.

Sushi Go Party Card Game Details

Players: 2 to 8

Game Time: 30 Minutes

Age: 8+

Genre: Party / Pick-ad-Pass

How Do You Play Sushi Go Party?

At the beginning of each round, every player gets a random hand of cards. They select one card to keep and then pass the rest of the cards to their left or right (direction changes each round). Once the deck has been exhausted, there are no more rounds to be played, and the game is fully scored. Some items are scored at the end of each round, while others are scored at the end of each game.

Maybe we can assume that we are saving the tiny sushi from their fate. 

Each type of food item has a different type of scoring. So, for instance, "maki" give points to players who have the most of them at the end of a round. Eel gives you negative points if you get one of them, but a lot of points if you get two of them (and nothing extra if you get three). Green tea ice cream will give you a massive amount of points at the end of the game, but only if you've managed to collect four of them -- and it gives you nothing between rounds.

Your goal is to collect each set based on the set's own rules. It's straightforward, but still involves a surprising amount of strategy for a family-style game. In addition to the above, there are also special cards such as chopsticks and spoons, which let you play multiple cards at once or which let you steal cards from others.

What Makes a Great Party Game?

Sushi Go Party (and Sushi Go) has a few important characteristics that make it a great party game:

  • It can be customized to the group. You can choose which menu items you like playing with, or menu items that are easier or harder.
  • It involves simultaneous action. No one is ever waiting for their turn, so there's no "dead time' between rounds.
  • It's easy to learn and intuitive. The scoring and the icons on the cards are easy to read, so even new players can jump in quickly.
  • It's adorable. A lot of people play games based on their aesthetic; Sushi Go isn't a hard sell for any group. 

I don't hate all party games, just the ones that don't involve food, apparently.

If you like Sushi Go, Sushi Go Party is a vastly improved edition. Of course, it's not a dense game nor is it a highly strategic game: it is a light family game or party game, and normally used for filler. It should also be noted that the first edition of the game came with some major quality and print issues, which the publisher has since addressed.

Sushi Go Party Card Game Review
  • PRO: Expands an already fun little party game.
  • PRO: Easy to learn, even for those who don't often play card games.
  • CON: Even with the new menu items, most games of Sushi Go Party will feel pretty similar, and you can't play a lot of it.