A card and tile game for 3-5 players aged 8+. Designed by Takahiro published by Blue Orange
SUSHI DRAFT is a game in a tin. It comes with 32 Round cards, 18 round tiles and 7 sets of rules in 7 different languages.
The Round cards depict 6 types of Sushi, Tuna, California Prawn, Salmon Roll, Cucumber Maki, Makerel Temaki plus 2 Wild Cards. Each of the Sushi cards, except the Wild Cards, have a number on them, this shows how many of that type of card there is in the deck. The tiles are 3 for each Sushi type with different points values printed on their rear sides.
The tiles are placed aside, separated into types, shuffled and left face down in six stacks of three ready to be won as victory points.
The cards are shuffled and dealt out, 6 to each player, the remainder are not in this round of the game. The players are allowed to look at their cards, then select one which they place face down in front of them. When all players have chosen these cards are flipped over so everyone can see them. Players then take one card to hold onto and pass the others round in a clockwise direction. This continues until each player has just one card remaining in their hand, which they place with their other cards face up in front of them.
These cards are then arranged into sets, all of one type or all different, and the player who has the most in each type takes the top tile from the associated stack; the player who has the longest run of different cards gets the top Dessert tile.
Obviously the Joker cards count as any single type of Sushi and therefore are valuable, however there is a twist in as much as it has to be used with another card of the type it is being used as, so for example if you want the Wild Card to be a Tuna card then you must be holding a Tuna card already.
The rules are very brief and it is possible to either understand or misunderstand the Wild Card rule. As you need a Sushi card for a Joker to count does this mean it only comes into play when you count up at the end of the Round or does it mean that you cannot play a Joker as your first face-down (soon to be flipped over) card ? To be fair we played the game using the Joker both ways and also to be fair it played just as well either way.
Games of SUSHI DRAFT are played over just a few Rounds and each game lasts about 15 minutes which makes it ideal for parents who are trying to introduce or reintroduce family games to their children and get them away from their iPhones, iPads or Consoles for a while.
It isn’t a “gamer’s game” but it does have some aspects which a “gamer” will find interesting, particularly the card selection and set sorting processes. It’s an enjoyable romp especially for younger players and families.