Sushi Go!

2013 · 2-5 Players · 15-30 Minutes
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Sushi Go! board game
Sushi Go! board game

In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value! But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you'll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!

Sushi Go! takes the card-drafting mechanism of Fairy Tale and 7 Wonders and distills it into a twenty-minute game that anyone can play. The dynamics of "draft and pass" are brought to the fore, while keeping the rules to a minimum. As you see the first few hands of cards, you must quickly assess the make-up of the round and decide which type of sushi you'll go for. Then, each turn you'll need to weigh which cards to keep and which to pass on. The different scoring combinations allow for some clever plays and nasty blocks. Round to round, you must also keep your eye on the goal of having the most pudding cards at the end of the game!

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BGA Commentary

Sushi Go! quickly became a game about sushi once Phil Walker-Harding made the connection between passing cards around the table and seeing dishes move around a sushi train (if you're curious, check out the full interview with Phil)

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Year Published2013
Number of Players 2-5
Playtime 15-30 Minutes
Minimum Age 8
Mechanics Card Drafting, Drafting, End Game Bonuses, Hand Management, Set Collection
Categories Card Game, Food
Learning Complexity 1.25 / 5[Vote]
Strategy Complexity 1.50 / 5[Vote]
Official Site Official Website
Rule URL Official Rules
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you play this game?

Here's the official rulebook from Gamewright but if you don't like to read, here's a how-to-play video from Games Explained:

What's the difference between Sushi Go! and Sushi Go Party!?

Here are some of the differences between the two games:

  • Price: $13 MSRP for the original and $22 MSRP for Party
  • Player count: 2-5 players for the original and 2-8 players for Party
  • Box size: 4.25 x 5.75 x 1.5 inches for the original and 6.3 x 8.66 x 3.07 inches for Party
  • Number of card types: 8 types of cards for the original and 23 types for Party

The original game is simpler to teach, easier to setup/cleanup, and more portable (they both come in tin boxes but the original is smaller). On the other hand, the Party version has more replay value due to the greater number of combinations you can pull off. It's also more expensive.

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