WASABI!

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Wasabi! is a light and fast game where you compete against other players to assemble your quota of unique sushi recipes in a rapidly dwindling space. Players draw a variety of delicious ingredients into their hand from the pantry and play them one at a time onto the board, building off of each other’s previously-placed ingredients in the attempt to complete recipes of varying difficulty.

Completing a recipe earns you your choice of special actions from the kitchen to perform later (Chop!, Stack!, Switch!, Spicy!, and the dreaded Wasabi!) that will help you win the game or disrupt your opponents carefully arranged creations. Despite being a very light game, it can still get pretty mean.

Victory comes as soon as the board fills up with ingredients. Players score points for completed recipes plus any bonuses and the winner is the player with the most points. An extremely skilled player might score an instant victory by completing their quota of recipes before the board fills up, but I have yet to see this happen!

  • 2–4 Players
  • 30–45 Min
  • Age: 10+
  • Designer – Josh Cappel, Adam Gertzbein
  • Artist – Josh Cappel
  • Publisher – Pegasus Spiele, Z-Man Games

Gameplay

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The idea of the game is to make sushi recipes with different ingredients that you would typically find in sushi.

You create these recipes by placing the required ingredients in a straight line on the central board, this can be horizontal or vertical but no diagonal placements.

At the start of the game, each player picks three ingredients and three recipes and then each turn the player gets to place one ingredient onto the board in hope of creating or completing a recipe. Once the player has placed a tile, they can then pick a new ingredient to put in their stash. All recipe cards and ingredients are hidden. If a player completes a recipe that turn, they can also a pick special action card and a new recipe. 

There are recipes containing different numbers of ingredients ranging from two to five, which give you 2 to 8 points (or more). You also gain extra Wasabi points by completing a recipe in the exact order that it appears on the card.
The game is pretty easy to explain so without going into exact rules, that’s pretty much it.

Thoughts

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My game group and I find this to be a perfect game to play over a couple of beers or at the beginning or end of the night. It is a very light game but I don’t think that’s a problem. I also think this is quite a nice ‘introduction’ for anybody looking to start playing boardgames or a perfect family game.

Now,  I’m not big on theme, it’s usually one of the last things I think about when it comes to choosing games however when I saw a SUSHI themed boardgame. I HAD TO HAVE IT. Sushi is without a doubt my favourite food so I needed this in my collection, even if I thought it was going to be a bit rubbish – luckily, it isn’t. It wasn’t easy to find, and it wasn’t cheap either but I’m very happy that I got my hands on a copy.

The art is super adorable and the components are lovely, equipped with wasabi bowls and sushi menus and it plays pretty well too, however the game does completely rely on it’s theme. For me though, that’s not a problem. It’s a bit of fun, not to be taken too seriously. 

It can be pretty repetitive in the first two or three turns but it definitely gets more interesting as the game progresses and is an enjoyable tile placement game, I’d say it’s pretty luck based but then again I don’t think it is supposed to be too strategic. I really enjoy it and it’s really fun to teach too. The trick of the game is to play the action cards at the right moment and to make sure you can collect those extra bonus Wasabi cubes.

Overall, the game is fast and fun, I would definitely recommend this to any sushi lovers out there or anybody looking for a bit of lighthearted entertainment. 

Thanks for reading and see you next time.

Katie. 

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