As we think about gathering together for Christmas or buying gifts for those in our life, there is a game I’d like to recommend to you. It’s called “Sushi Go Party!”.
It is a great game to own, and a great game to give as a gift. I really enjoy playing at family gatherings with many different generations, and also with more experienced gamers.
Sushi Go Party! is a quick pick and pass card game where you build a sushi menu, where the strategies of the others’ playing with you will impact your ability to win. I played with my nephew when he was 7 years old and it’s been fun to watch his development and cognition grow throughout the years.
This is a fun game and appropriate for most ages (technically age 8+) and most gamer types. A quick note that Sushi Go, and Sushi Go Party! are very similar, but the latter gives many more card selections, allows you to play with two to eight players, and comes with a tin box and nice menu board. With the minimal addition in cost, I’d recommend purchasing the ‘Party’ edition to increase fun, replayability and the ability to gather more people.
When I host a tabletop game night, much like the idea of Sushi Go Party!, I build a ‘menu’ with different game options to keep the people around the table engaged, to help ensure the evening is fun and leads to quality time together.
I like having an ‘appetizer’ opener game that is more casual and engaging, a ‘main course’ or two that are more strategic and compelling, and usually a couple ‘snack’ games that are quick, fun and can be dispersed throughout the night. I think Sushi Go Party! is a great ‘appetizer’ or ‘snack’ style game.
1) Ease of learning: 8/10
This is an easy game to learn, however, if no one in the group has played before, it may be wise to search Youtube for a quick tutorial on the gameplay. I’d suggest starting with the “my first meal” in the rules of play booklet if you’ve never played before.
2) Fun and replayability: 7.5/10
Right around the $30 mark, this game is simple, but continually changes with different menu selections and will always change with different groups. I love having it on my shelf to bring to a variety of game nights and gatherings. I like that my strategy has to evolve based on the menu, people playing, and the strategy of others.
3) Benefit to your life: 6.5/10
It’s fun, light hearted, and a wonderful game to gather people of many different ages and experiences together. I think it’s a great game for families to play, and for kids to learn multiplication, forethought and strategic focus, all while reading the other players at the table and what may impact their gameplay.
- Want a variation? Play “sushi no” for a fun twist. You follow all the same rules, but the player with the least points wins.
- Like any pick and pass game, change where you are seated if playing multiple times in a row because changing up the order, will change the way the different strategies interact.
Though it’s not my highest ranked game, it’s a solid choice for a diverse audience that I really enjoy. Find it at your local game store, or online at Indigo or amazon.ca.