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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 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.

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Beautiful game Review by Chris D
This game is one of the games that got my wife gaming. It's a fairly light game with a good mix of strategy and a little smattering of luck.

You're stuck looking after the Japanese emperor's prized panda, a gift from China. At the same time, you need to maintain the emperor's gardens, which much to your disgust now contain bamboo to feed this monster.

There's 3 ways to score points. Panda cards represent the panda's appetite for the three different types of bamboo. Move the panda to a tile containing bamboo to eat the colours on the card to score the points.

Bamboo cards represent the gardeners OCD, and his wishes to grow perfectly formed bamboo stalks. Move the gardener to a tile to grow that colour bamboo. Grow as per the picture to score.

Lastly there's the garden cards, representing how the emperor wishes the garden to be laid out. Place garden tiles, and irrigate them, to score these.

Each turn you've got two actions to move towards any of these goals. It's all easy to pick up, but satisfying to play. The components are excellent quality, the miniature panda and gardener look beautiful, the wooden bamboo pieces... A finished game is a thing of beauty. It's a lovely, light weight strategy that deserves a place in any collection. (Posted on 18/06/2015)

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