Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.
You play as a gardener, competing for space around the emperors well, growing and harvesting bamboo. Each go you choose between placing tiles to extend the garden, growing bamboo or feeding the panda to meet your individual objectives like matching patterns, growing combinations of colours or feeding the panda. The harder an objective is, the more points it is worth.
It's tricky because players can steal each others crops and spoil your plans. This means that as you never quite have it all your own way, as their objectives lead them to consuming the bamboo that you have just carefully grown, or muddling a long-planned pattern of tiles.
What starts as a peaceful garden-building game, quickly becomes a struggle for territory, bamboo and control of the panda. You need to plan ahead, whilst being ready to adapt when those plans are foiled by other players.
The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
- Remove the Weather dice from play and do not use any of its extra rules.
- Focus your first few turns on placing Garden tiles in the correct alignment.
Play Time: This game will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to understand the actions as they have to choose from them on each turn. They also need to be comfortable working towards different tasks that may be counter to each other. Lastly, they need the resilience to deal with other players inadvertently spoiling their plans.
Content RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
- Takenoko Chibis (2015) which adds a female panda, panda babies and other extra gameplay parts.
We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Takenoko Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@StudioBombyx) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.
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