Who doesn’t love sushi? Who doesn’t love cuteness? Gamewright knows these things and has capitalized on them.
I am a shameless fangirl of Gamewright. Yes, they are a company that develops children’s games. Why am I so obsessed, then? Because it is possible – likely even – that I owe my entire teaching career and many of my best parenting moments, to their clever collection of card, dice, and board games.
Rat-a-Tat Cat and Sleeping Queens basically taught all my first graders math. Rory’s Story Cubes have provided countless impromptu lesson plans, and Take the Cake and Hiss were some of my daughter’s first games. I’ve even been known to organize Gamewright Game Night fundraisers (hmmm…private consumption event in the works??).
You get the feeling that Gamewright has a bunch of kids working in their R&D department. All their games boast great graphics, creative themes, and a variety of unique gameplay options. They’re child centered, and they respect the intelligence of children while striking a delicate balance that makes them appeal to adults as well. Best part is the company solicits game ideas from their fans, so if you have the next awesome concept, it’s time to pitch to Gamewright.
New Family Game Favorite: Sushi Go!
Our newest favorite is Sushi Go, a game so great our daughter got it twice for Christmas. Gamewright understands that unboxing is important and materials matter, so Sushi Go comes in a charming storage tin illustrated to look like a bento box. Featuring some of the delightful characters (personified menu items from a sushi joint), the tin itself is enough to catch your eye and pique your interest.
The sturdy cards, coated and textured, feel nice in your hands. They clearly depict their respective characters and relevant scoring information, making organization a breeze. The deck is large though, so be careful when shuffling or your bridge will send cards flying around the room. Sushi Go’s instruction manual provides all necessary info in an easily digestible format and includes a quick scoring chart should you forget how to add up your points.
While my effusive description may have you convinced that the best part of Sushi Go are the pictures, I guarantee its aesthetic appeal is matched – or even surpassed – by its gameplay. This is a card drafting game, fast-paced and fun. The goal is to collect combinations of menu items to score big, while passing your opponents cards that they hopefully can’t use.
It takes a good memory and some tricky strategizing to win, and kids build visual discrimination and probability skills as they play. A game consists of three rounds, after which you can total your scores and declare a winner. Watch out for those pudding cards; they can really change the outcome if you’re not paying attention.
NYC Diesel, a Complementary Companion
For our Sushi Go pairing, we’re paying homage to our younger days with an old favorite, NYC Diesel. An apt combination by name alone, the activity and strain also produce complementary experiences. If you’re familiar with Soma’s incredible genetics from the early 2000s, you know that the NYC is far superior to the ubiquitous Sour Diesel. It’s also increasingly hard to come by. But there’s nothing like that syrupy grapefruit flavor, and it’s also second to none in terms of handling anxiety. With NYC Diesel, we’re just social and silly enough to match wits with our kid, and the complete relaxation it provides ensures we’re super present and never restless, even if we’re in for a marathon game night.
Order in from a local Japanese spot, fire up the NYC Diesel, and get ready to pass cards all night long – or at least until bedtime.