"The Giant Panda and the Gardener"
Takenoko is a 2-4 player game created by Antoine Bauza and published in 2011 by Asmodee Games. It has received many awards, including 4 Golden Geek awards in 2012. Want to know why you should be so invested in growing bamboo? Click below to find out!
The Emperor has entrusted the players with building and maintaining a beautiful bamboo garden... with one small caveat; you must also look after his prized giant panda, and this panda LOVES bamboo!
- Place a new garden tile (pick up 3 and choose 1)
- Take an irrigation channel (can be saved for later)
- Move the gardener and grow bamboo
- Move the panda and eat bamboo
- Take a new objective card (up to 5 in hand at any one time)
|Such a pretty looking board!|
|Player card and objectives|
The game plays in a very easy manner. After the first few turns, moves will become second nature to players which will minimise downtime. The game time is usually 45-60 mins which is just about perfect to kick off a games evening. It also scales up well when playing with more than 2 people. It will probably create a more colourful looking board with so many goals in play.
The first thing you notice about the game is the stunning artwork on the box. It's very eye-catching and colourful, and immediately tells you about the theme. It doesn't stop there though. Once you delve inside, you're met with one of the most aesthetically pleasing games I have seen. Lets start with the rulebook, which is done in the form of a comic book! The back story is even presented as a comic strip! It's definitely the most appealing rulebook I've come across. The tiles are of good quality and look great; each one as detailed as the last. The bamboo pieces fit together well enough. They could however have been made with a slightly tighter fit to minimise them falling over, although that's probably just me being clumsy! Lastly we come to the gardener and panda figurines. They look absolutely stunning, with a great amount of detail put into both pieces. I love the exasperated look on the gardeners face!
This has become one of my favourite games. It contains a nice balance of luck and strategy, and when you combine that with some of the best visuals of any board game out there, you're on to a winner! If there was ever a game that could brighten anyone's mood then this is it. It's hard not to feel happy looking at the board! The theme is fun and fits right in with the gameplay. It also has a good amount of replay value as the board layout is different every time. This would be an ideal game for a beginner due to its simplicity, but also good for a hardcore gamer. Sometimes it's nice to play a light, relaxing game! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, charming, and beautiful looking game to add to their collection.