A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There's nothing wrong with the game's messages about hard work and ambition, but the message about plying people with alcohol to keep them from getting mad at you is certainly not a good one.
Positive Role Models
The boy in the main story works hard and takes pride in his achievements. However, opening a restaurant for the sole purpose of impressing a pretty girl you've only seen on the street once is somewhat questionable behavior.
Ease of Play
There's not a whole lot to learn in terms of controls, but there's quite a bit of strategy involved. The pace amps up rather quickly, but not to a degree that's unusual in puzzle games like this.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The framing story follows a boy who is trying to impress a girl he finds attractive, but that's the extent of it.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
When customers are kept waiting, they begin to get upset and will leave without paying if their anger levels max out. You can hold off the anger, though, by handing them a free cup of sake, which the game says, "relaxes them."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sushi Go-Round is a fast-paced time management game with a heavy use of alcohol. Not only is alcohol served in the game, but it is served with the express purpose of relaxing customers and making them happy with you. And if your child is playing on a Nintendo DSi, he or she can put photos of themselves or other underage friends into the game as customers to whom they can serve the sake .There's not much variety in the gameplay, so kids expecting something more like Cooking Mama should realize they're getting a game that's more akin to Tetris (i.e., the same basic game is played over and over in increasingly difficult levels).
Is It Any Good?
There's an exciting rush to the fast pace of Sushi Go-Round, which, in its constant onslaught of challenges, feels like a cross between Diner Dash and Dr. Mario. The gameplay described above is pretty much the entirety of the game, though, so players expecting more variety or more of a genuine storyline will be disappointed. The DSi version's bonus ability to put you and your friends (or your pets or toys or whatever) into the game as customers adds a nice bit of levity, but it also introduces a new possibly troublesome aspect for parents, as customers in the game are served alcohol.
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