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Takenoko Board Game
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- 2-4 players
- Ages 13 +
- 45 mins playing time
- A modular board to keep games fresh every game,
- The perfect balance between tactics and theme
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The players take the role of courtesans of the Nippon emperor. They take care of his Giant Panda by growing a bamboo plantation.
28 tiles (plots) <BR> 90 bamboo sections <BR> 20 irrigation channels <BR> 9 landscaping cards <BR> 46 objective cards <BR> 4 individual boards <BR> 8 action tokens <BR> 1 weather die <BR> 1 panda figurine <BR> 1 gardener figurine <BR> 1 rulebook
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I play a lot of games with just my girlfriend, and it's hard to tell what works with 2 players and what claims to but fails horribly, so incase there's anyone in teh same situation, this one works just as well with 2 as it does with a group
One off the interesting things about this game is the fact that players share the resources. Everyone gets to control the gardener (he helps to grow the bamboo) and the panda (he eats the bamboo) and you can all tap into the irrigation network. That's quite clever. And it's also mildly educational, having already prompted a conversation about what "irrigation" means with my eight-year-old (he's winning 2-0 as I write this). With so many ways to score points, there's rarely a dull moment and there is the added weather mechanic that allows you to bend the rules within the rules themselves, if you get what I mean? No... Okay...
Usually, a player gets to take two DIFFERENT actions per turn. Depending on the weather (shown on a six-sided dice) he might get three instead, or be allowed to take the same action twice, or move the panda out of sequence, and so on. It would have been a good game without this mechanic but having it there makes every turn exciting yet so simple and quick that you never feel like you're waiting around for your go.
Also, the victory mechanic is good. The first player to score a preset number of cards gains the Emperor's favour (itself worth extra points) but then everybody else gets one more go.Read more ›
There are only two (mildly) negative things I have to say about the game. First, I wish they had included more wooden action markers. One of the variables of gameplay is that you get an extra action, but because there are only two action markers per player, another marker would have been nice. Not a hard problem to solve at all, though, I just use one of the spare gray cutout pieces. The other thing is that this game probably doesn't appeal so much to hardcore gamers, as I suspect it will turn out to be a little too simple, with not enough variables for people who game a lot. However, for beginners or younger players, it's an excellent game, and for more experienced gamers, it is cute and good for a few games or games with less game-inclined friends. Not least of all because no one doesn't want to play a game with pandas! Overall, I would say it's an excellent addition to any game collection.
You gain points by doing three different actions, which means you aren't always doing the same thing (unless you always pick the panda like I do!).
My 6-year-old nephew loves it too, and was very proud to have understood how the irrigation worked!
Our games usually last 40-60ish minutes and requires a large area with set up, so this is definitely for dedicated table top game time. We've played this game so much and still love it every time - replayable and won't drive parents insane, either :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Takenoko is an amazing family board game where players build a colorful bamboo garden. Amazing looking parts, fantastic gameplay balance. It is really easy to learn and play. Read morePublished 4 days ago by LM
Good fun - the rules may seem a bit complex compared to a standard roll dice and move boardgame, but once you actually start playing it's actually very easy and great fun, with... Read morePublished 9 days ago by han
Amazing artwork. Really good theme and nice game mechanism. I love it.Published 26 days ago by Julien Martin
This is addictive. The gameplay is perfect for two players which I did not believe despite reading other reviews...but it is true. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miss S
Good, simple yet reasonably strategic game. Great to introduce people to boardgames, veterans may find it too simplePublished 1 month ago by Blue Fenix