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Takenoko Board Game

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  • For 2 to 4 players
  • 45 minutes of play time
  • In Takenoko, the players will cultivate land plots, irrigate them, and grow one of the three species of bamboo (Green, Yellow and Pink)
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 13 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0049H9NVW
  • Item model number: TAK01USASM
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
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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.

From the Manufacturer

The 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.

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Customer Reviews

A great game to play with family.
Stefanie
Overall Look, Quality and Durability: The artwork looks really good and the game pieces are well designed.
Andrew Kim
This game is easy to learn, and very fun to play.
Amy Walls

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By para on February 9, 2013
Takenoko is a game for 2-4 players that focuses around caring for a giant panda bear. This involves having a farmer grow different types of bamboo on their associated, watered fields and moving the panda around to eat it.

While light and silly, the theme is fun and beautifully integrated in every aspect of the game. The components are of excellent quality, from the sturdy interlocking bamboo pieces to the decently thick cardboard land tiles to the miniature panda and farmer figurines.

Players build a single garden (board) and move a sole farmer and panda around it while trying to complete hidden goals dictated by drawn cards. As such your actions influence your opponents directly and will often aid them in completing goals, adding depth to gameplay choices. When one player achieves a set target number of goals everyone else gets a final turn and then victory points for completed goals are totaled to determine the winner.

There are three types of goal cards (players start with one of each):
1) Panda goals - claim a certain color/number of bamboo by having the panda eat it.
2) Plots goals - redeem when the shown configuration of colored land is on the game board and irrigated.
3) Gardener goals - grow pictured color(s) of bamboo to shown height.

On each turn a player will choose two of the following actions:
1) Draw three garden plots and choose one to add to the board.
2) Move the panda and eat bamboo if possible.
3) Move the gardener and grow bamboo if possible.
4) Lay piping to irrigate plots.
5) Draw a goal card.

Goals can be redeemed any time on your turn and do not require an action.

There are some further rules, but that's the gist.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By David E. on February 25, 2013
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I love board games. I also tend to be relatively critical of them.

I got this game to play with my girlfriend who is not a hardcore gamer (read-doesn't like deep RPG titles, or things that are complex for the sake of being complex) and this really hit the nail on the head. You'll find a dash of strategy, but nothing too deep. You will find choice in how you handle your turns, a dynamic board that plays a bit differently every time, and something that's just fun.

The pieces are also beautiful, and very high-quality. The bamboo and die are made of wood. The miniatures for the panda and farmer are pleasant, and the tiles/card stock is durable and well painted. The box also has a great organizer. Everything has a place in it, your setup and breakdown time will be next to nothing.

There has been a revision or two in wording in the rules... if you do a quick google search you can find this. It clears up a thing or two.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By revoLucian1776 on December 1, 2014
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I was very excited to get this game, I was thrilled to open it up and set it up. The panda is adorable, the instructions are funny, and the components are magnificent. The game works well, there are no bad mechanics, and the game is generally balanced. Players can keep up with their opponents and stay relevant to the game for the most part. The game starts out quite fun, but does not stay that way permanently.
The game does little to stimulate competition and the game is highly static. Players cannot influence its outcome significantly, they just keep on drawing random objective cards toward the end and wait for things to happen. Unless the objective has already occurred (which is likely) players often must use two to three of their turns to achieve them. Failure to complete an objective carries no penalty whatsoever.
The physical aesthetics of the game does carry some charm, but it is not enough to keep the game engaging for all ninety minutes or so it takes to play.
I don't hate this game, it is fun in small doses and I will play it, the game however just does not deliver what I am looking for and is not as strong as plenty of other games in the same price range with the same depth and playtime. For pretty artwork, this game is fantastic, for a great gaming experience look elsewhere.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tactitles VINE VOICE on August 10, 2012
In the real world, attractive people have definite advantages over the rest of us. They get noticed quickly, they stand out in a crowd, and any negative traits are largely overlooked, at least for a lot longer period of time than the rest of us get. Looks work wonders, and this game takes full advantage of that, and then some. But here's the best part. There is actually a good, solid game lurking behind that beauty. Beauty plus substance should make for a great theme as well, right? Yep, I challenge you to find a better overall package in a game than this one. It's not perfect, but game publishers should study this game closely, to find out how to do it well. And before you say "Hawaii", I already own it, and like it, and it's a close call. But nothing beats a cute Panda, and here you have one.

So this is basically a tile-laying game, with tiles in 3 varieties. They are thick, beautiful, and durable, with great colors and illustrations on them. You also get 3 sets of bamboo sections, each matching one of the 3 colors of tiles. Bamboos are cylindrical plastic, and fit together to make bigger and bigger bamboos. You get a great looking Asian gardener figure, holding a rake. And of course, a cute little Panda, sitting with his front paws in front of him, ready to eat. Oh yeah, and some very average cards. But cards are cards anyway, and these work as well as any. And there are a few nice small cardboard tokens. And some very nice small, thin metal pieces which serve as irrigation pipes. Bamboo must be irrigated, after all. These are similar to what you find in Trans America, for example. And you get a great little weather dice.

Players may, as an action, reveal tiles and connect them to the ones already in play. Certain combinations of connected tiles can earn you points.
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