Sushi Go Party! – A Dicey Exploits Buffet

WAIT! I’m not ready to be eaten yet! Bloody hell, how raw are you? Raw enough not to be eaten. Please, I need to be taken care of! Yes, no, of course. I’m sorry, this is the biggest responsibility I’ve ever been given. Are you like a Tamagotchi? What do you need? Oh, thank you. Well sushi care is really very simple. You just need to wwWAAAAAAAAA… What? Sushi Go Party has you guzzling down as much smiling sushi as you can before up to 7 other dinner party guests/bitter rivals can do the same. It’s also, and I don’t say this lightly: probably the best game about raw fish there is on the market right now. Sushi Go Party is a kind of deluxe edition of 2013’s lovely little lunch box Sushi Go. A game I actually use as a makeshift tripod for my iPad when filming these videos and one I highly…oh. In comparison to the original, Party contains 3X more cards, 100s of combinations and a gazillion times more *Pathetic party blower sound trust me it’s crap* Players each get a collection of cards, picking one to keep in building a delicious dinner. They then pass all the cards they didn’t choose to their left as all these pieces of fish are on an ever-circulating conveyor belt like one of those fancy sushi places or the Generation Game or the most inefficient Tesco ever. Of course this means you’ll be getting the leftovers of the players on your right. You pick a card, you pass it round, X number of cards remaining in your hand depending on how many players there are and where you are in the round… I’m trying to party here buy… *CRAPPArtyNOISE Once all cards have been dispersed, you tally up the delicious points and start a new round. It’s wonderfully simple stuff, but before you dismiss this as unchallenging fodder, you’ll like to know that Sushi Go Party’s joy really comes from the intermingling of each piece of sushi in your…digestive tract… Geez, I’m bringing everything down… Each piece of sushi scores in rather different way. Some require a good dose of variety, some require you to hoard as much as you can and some require you hoard only a certain amount before the extra calories start to really effect your enjoyment. This is glossing over the fact that Sushi Go Party has that layer of complexity that great drafting games have. Taking a card not because you want it, but because you don’t want your opponent to have it, whilst trying to remember what’s coming round and hoping that this invisible git here hasn’t taken what you needed. Whilst the scoring of each card can easily be set in just a few categories, the way they work with each other creates this magnificent illusion of diversity that sees each game through its 20 minutes play time. This is amazingly impressive as whilst you only get to 8 items, the game comes with 23 cards to mix and match. The game already comes with preset menus to use. Several sets of cards that fulfil different criteria depending on what kind of game you want to play. Or you could just bluff it and buffet it. Create your own menu on the fly. As long as you fit the incredibly easy to follow criteria, you can do whatever you want. Want to add more deathly points gnawing cards with Trump-like eel combovers? You can do that. If you consider fruit a fulfilling desert then… you’re wrong, but you can have it. Want to mix up the game with Onigiri? You have to do that because Onigiri is the cutest kind of sushi and if you don’t want to eat it then you’re a monster. As long as you’ve got a basic understanding of math…matacising you can fire away away with whatever combination you choose. Whilst I haven’t played every menu imaginable I’m not a professional, every one I have played with works. So with all this praise, you might find it a little bit fishy when I tell you to hold onto your wallet for a bit longer. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be a Sushi Go game in your collection, but with Sushi Go Party double the price of its older counterpart, I do want to chip in with how many notes you should throw its way. I love the diversity that comes with Party but whilst all the cards are fantastic for those looking for niche tastes, they’re all just as great as the 8 that came with the original game. There’s also the fact that the original had portability on its’ side. Its tiny stature means its barely noticeable as you carry it to a pal’s house, but compare this to the moderately sized bento box that is Party. It’s not a behemoth and I adore any inlay that holds cards like this, but it’s not exactly easy to pack and if you’re like me, you’re going to cause a card fountain to splurt in your bag. If you’re not getting it to increase your party size from 5 to 8 you’re basically paying for a fancy new scoreboard and these lovely little soy sauce point markers. And at the risk of sounding like my mum… do you really need these? Either way, Sushi Go Party is a filling filler that adds a huge deal of variety to an already great game. However don’t feel pressured into getting it just because of its deluxe presentation. Its older sibling does offer the same swift gameplay at a lower price tag. If though, you’re willing to experiment with a bunch of cards, you’ve got a doughy heart susceptible to cuteness or you just want a feast big enough for your entire family then definitely get this on your plate. Alternatively, just get both. There’s no nutritional value to it, it’s just a bit of a binge. A good one at that. Nope, okay. I can’t eat those, those are chopsticks. Didn’t get any.

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