Cultivate the land, grow the bamboo, feed the panda and prove yourself worthy of the Emperor’s trust
A board game for two to four players
Created by by renowned designer Antoine Bauza.
With its adorable miniatures and easy-to-learn rules, Takenoko is an excellent game for younger audiences and casual players.
At the same time, its rich strategy offers plenty to challenge and reward even the most veteran gamers.
Long, long ago, the Emperor of China offered the Emperor of Japan a Giant Panda
You have been appointed to the delicate task of caring for this politically-important Panda and tending to the Emperor’s illustrious bamboo garden. You must cultivate plots of land using irrigation and intelligence so that bamboo, the only food that the Panda will eat, grows in abundance. But beware of the sacred animal’s uncontrollable appetite for crunchy young sprouts…
Colourful miniatures for the giant panda and the Emperor’s gardener suit the game's light-spirited tone, and these figures will be critical to your designs to grow the most beautiful bamboo stands.
Takenoko includes more than four dozen plastic bamboo sections and twenty-eight beautifully illustrated garden plots, which combine to create a unique take on the art of gardening that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is fun.
Tending the Garden… and a Giant Panda
In Takenoko, the better you tend your garden, the more prestige you earn. You demonstrate your talents by completing three different types of objectives.
Takenoko is a gardening game, so weather plays a big part!
There are five possible Weather conditions, and each introduces a different type of opportunity
For example, the gentle Rain causes the bamboo to grow, allowing you to place a bamboo section on a garden plot of your choice.
But a Storm may simply startle the panda, in which case you move the panda to any garden plot with a bamboo shoot and eat one of its sections.
After you deal with the weather, you can perform any two of the game’s five different actions
You can choose and place a new plot, irrigate the garden, move the gardener, move the panda, or draw an objective. Whichever actions you choose, you cannot take the same action twice in a row.
As you direct these unique characters to different garden plots, you track their progress with a pair of brightly painted and sculpted miniatures
The Gardener and the Panda
They are the game’s yin and yang
The roly-poly panda rubs its belly as it roams freely through the bamboo garden and snacks on shoots to sate its voracious appetite. Whenever the panda moves to a new garden plot, it eats one of that plot’s bamboo sections.
Meanwhile, the Imperial gardener’s anxiety is clearly evident as he tries to grow the bamboo faster than the panda can eat it. Whenever he moves, he grows a section of bamboo on the plot where he ends his movement. But since he has to outpace the panda’s hunger, he also grows a section of bamboo in each adjacent plot of the same colour.