Takenoko board game
Takenoko board game

Takenoko

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Players take the role of courtesans of the Nippon emperor. They take care of his Giant Panda by growing a bamboo plantation. Their mission: to farm parcels of land, irrigate them, and have green, yellow or pink bamboo grow.

In turn, they see what the weather brings and perform two actions from among those offered to them: get a new plot of land or irrigation channel, grow bamboo, feed the panda or draw an objective card.

The game ends when a player has completed 7 to 9 objectives (depending on the number of players). The player who gets the best score by adding the total value of their completed objective wins the game.

Awards: 2012 Golden Geek Winner - Best Art and Presentation



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  • Fun abstract with cute components. The way goal cards come out is a bit too random, I feel like it holds this game back from being better. Overall, still a nice design.
  • Bored of it now but when I had it I played it a good few time, saying that I sold my first copy. Got a new copy as the Mrs wanted it.
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  • A fun family game. The panda and the gardener quests are good, but the other type of quest (emperor quests I guess) are not balanced at all, do not go for them or yo'll lose!
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I played #Takenoko with my wife and 2 friend that were not really familiar to board games. They loved it, and one of them won both plays! Slowly I'm building our playgroup.

I really didn't think I would have so many, as a lot of my games collection is curated to appeal to the four people I can actually play with regularly, which includes a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old. But here's my list:

  1. #Wingspan
  2. #Pandemic
  3. #Carcassonne
  4. #7 Wonders Duel
  5. #Santorini
  6. #Catan
  7. #Kingdomino
  8. #King of Tokyo
  9. #Forbidden Island
  10. #Clank!
  11. #Coup
  12. #Sushi Go!
  13. #Ticket to Ride: Europe
  14. #Dixit
  15. #The Resistance
  16. #Takenoko
  17. #Mysterium
  18. #Stone Age
  19. #Hive
  20. #Magic: The Gathering

Rather than trying to play physical games, you should try out some online implementations of games - Board Game Arena is great for browser-based play and has quite a few different games on it. There are some available for free and then some as part of a (fairly inexpensive) premium membership. I've used it for HanabiTakenoko and Stone Age in the past and can confirm that they all work well. There are options for playing in real-time and turn-based. 

Smartphone apps can be a really good option too - there are loads of great board game apps for iOS and Android, many of which let you play cross-platform. The Star RealmsLords of Waterdeep and Splendor apps are good for this in my experience, and there are loads more to choose from.

Rather than trying to play physical games, you should try out some online implementations of games - Board Game Arena is great for browser-based play and has quite a few different games on it. There are some available for free and then some as part of a (fairly inexpensive) premium membership. I've used it for HanabiTakenoko and Stone Age in the past and can confirm that they all work well. There are options for playing in real-time and turn-based. 

Smartphone apps can be a really good option too - there are loads of great board game apps for iOS and Android, many of which let you play cross-platform. The Star RealmsLords of Waterdeep and Splendor apps are good for this in my experience, and there are loads more to choose from.

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