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Sushi Go!

Sushi Go! is a fast-paced card drafting game where players choose dishes to create the best meal possible. Score points by collecting sets of dishes and puddings.

7.01 / 10
BGG Rating
8+
age
2013
published year
2 - 5
player count
3 - 5
Recommended player count
15 mins
play time

How Complex is Sushi Go!?

1.16 / 5

Sushi Go! is easy to learn and play, making it accessible to players of all ages and skill levels.

How much Luck is involved in the gameplay of Sushi Go!?

2 / 5

Luck plays a moderate role in Sushi Go! as players rely on the cards they draft, but strategic choices can mitigate the impact of luck.

How much Player Interaction does Sushi Go! offer?

2 / 5

Sushi Go! has limited player interaction as players draft cards simultaneously, but can affect each other's scores through strategic card choices and drafting 2 cards at a time with chopsticks.

How much Replayability does Sushi Go! offer?

3 / 5

Sushi Go! offers moderate replayability due to the random card distribution and the variety of card combinations that can be used to score points.

Why you should play Sushi Go!

Easy to Learn

Sushi Go! is a simple and easy-to-learn game that can be enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels.

Quick Gameplay

The game can be played in just 15-20 minutes, making it a great option for a quick game night or as a filler game between longer games.

Strategic Depth

Despite its simplicity, Sushi Go! offers a surprising amount of strategic depth. Players must carefully choose which cards to play and which to pass on, all while trying to anticipate their opponents' moves.

Cute and Colorful Artwork

The game features adorable and colorful artwork that is sure to appeal to players of all ages.

Portable

The game comes in a small tin box, making it easy to take with you on the go and play anywhere.

Fun for All

Sushi Go! is a fun and engaging game that can be enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels, making it a great option for family game nights or a casual game with friends.

Why you should avoid Sushi Go!

Limited Player Interaction

While Sushi Go! is a fun and engaging game, it does not offer a lot of player interaction. Players are primarily focused on their cards and scoring, rather than directly interacting with other players.

Limited Depth

While Sushi Go! offers some strategic depth, but it may not be enough for more experienced gamers who are looking for a more complex game.

Limited Theme

While the cute and colorful sushi-themed artwork is appealing, the game's theme may not be as engaging for players who are not interested in Japanese cuisine or sushi.

Limited Variability

While the game does offer some replayability, the limited number of cards and scoring options may make the game feel repetitive after multiple plays.

Better option available

If you don't own Sushi Go, it's better to buy Sushi Go Party which is a successor of Sushi Go. Sushi Go Party adds new dishes and special items to Sushi Go and can be played with up to 8 players.

Where to find the Rules of Sushi Go!

Check the rules of Sushi Go! in a PDF file.

You can also find the community-driven rules summary, player aid, etc., in the Sushi Go! files section on the BoardGameGeek website. You need an account on BGG to download files.

Beginner Strategies for Sushi Go!

These strategies are for players who have either not played or played one or two games of Sushi Go!.

Understand the scoring

Before playing, ensure you understand how each type of card scores points and how many cards of that type are in the deck. For example, 14 tempura cards are there, and they score 5 points for a pair, while 14 sashimi cards in the deck score 10 points for a set of three. Knowing the scoring will help you make better decisions during the game.

Focus on combos

Many of the cards in Sushi Go! have special abilities that can be triggered when played together. For example, playing a wasabi card before a nigiri card triples its value. Look for these combos and try to build them throughout the game.

Keep an eye on your opponents

Pay attention to what cards your opponents are playing and what they are collecting. If you notice that someone is collecting a lot of dumpling cards, for example, you may want to try to block them from getting more. But not at the expense of you losing points.

For example, let's say you have a wasabi card in front of you, this turn you have a chance to draft squid nigiri which will give you 9 points in total. Also, you can draft a dumpling to prevent your opponent 5 points. In this case, you must draft the nigiri instead of the dumpling.

Don't forget about the puddings

The most number of pudding cards in Sushi Go! can give you 6 points at the end of the game. If you have the least number of puddings at the end of the game, you lose 6 points. This can bring a 12-point swing in the game. Hence, at least you should pick up a pudding card here and there to prevent losing 6 points.

Balance your hand

It's important to have a mix of different types of cards so you can score points in multiple ways. Don't focus too heavily on one type of card and neglect the others.

Advanced Strategies for Sushi Go!

Pay attention to the draft

As you play more games of Sushi Go!, you'll start to notice patterns in the draft. Pay attention to what cards are being passed to you and what cards your opponents are taking. This can help you predict what cards will be available in future rounds.

Be flexible

While it's important to have a strategy going into the game, it's also important to be flexible and adapt to what cards are available. Don't be afraid to change your strategy mid-game if you see an opportunity to score big.

Think before drafting a card

Only draft a card if no other card in your hand can give more points than the one you are playing. For example, in a 4-player game, if 2 players have already drafted two 3-maki roll cards, don't draft a maki roll as it can be a losing battle. You're better off focusing on other cards.

Take advantage of the chopsticks

The chopsticks card allows you to take two cards from your hand and play them at once. Hence, take chopsticks early in the game and use them when you get two cards that work well together, like a wasabi and a nigiri.

Know what to expect in future rounds

In Sushi Go, after calculating points for a round, all played cards are discarded and a new set of cards are dealt from the draw pile. If you don't see a particular card much in the previous round(s), they may come to the game in the new round especially when the number of players is more than 3.

Practice makes perfect

The more you play Sushi Go!, the better you'll get at it. Keep playing and experimenting with different strategies to see what works best for you.

Mechanics

Set Collection
Simultaneous Action Selection
Hand Management
End Game Bonuses
Closed Drafting

Categories

Card Game