A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor. Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the players) with the difficult task of caring for the animal by tending to his bamboo garden. In Takenoko, the players will cultivate land plots, irrigate them, and grow one of the three species of bamboo (Green, Yellow, and Pink) with the help of the Imperial gardener to maintain this bamboo garden. They will have to bear with the immoderate hunger of this sacred animal for the juicy and tender bamboo. The player who manages his land plots best, growing the most bamboo while feeding the delicate appetite of the panda, will win the game.
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It's beutiful, is easy to play and to tech other players, great game to play with the family
Nice casual game. Wonderful beautiful components! Som fun and strategy work here too, but the theme and art are what will make you have this game. Each turn you move the panda, the gardener or change the garden. It feels like the panda is creating chaos and the gardener have to keep an eye on it.
Excelent game. It's fun that everyone that plays with me likes it. The artwork is beautiful. You have to have in your board game collection. It's for family, work, newbie and hard gamers. I tottally recommend.
Beautiful artwork, and interesting varied mechanics, make this a very attractive family game. The 6 year old understood it well enough to play and do missions.
Takenoko isn't just a beautiful, familiy friendly game of growing and eating bamboo. When two experienced players go head to head, it quickly morphs into a devious battle of wits and deception. There are plenty of gamers who dismiss this game as just random, light weight family fare, but they are missing out on its carefully hidden depths. It's a great sweet spot for a game. Play with the family and kids for a gentle and fun experience, play one on one with a fellow acolyte and go for the jugular. Try it out (free) at boardgamearena and see if I am joking. I've had my nose bloodied there more times than I care to admit.
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