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Year Released                        2011
Players                                   2 – 4
Approx Playing Time             45 MINS
Age                                         8+                                                          
Complexity Rating*                1.98 / 5
BGG Score                             7.4     


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.

2013 Ludoteca Ideale Official Selection Winner
2013 Games Magazine Best New Family Game Winner
2012 Tric Trac Nominee
2012 Spiel der Spiele Hit für Familien Recommended
2012 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Nominee
2012 Lys Grand Public Winner
2012 JoTa Best Family Board Game Nominee
2012 Hra roku Nominee
2012 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
2012 Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Nominee
2012 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Winner
2012 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Winner
2012 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Nominee
2011/2012 Boardgames Australia Awards Best International Game


Check out the BoardGameGeek review for TAKENOKO (2011)

*Complexity Rating refers to how difficult a game is to understand. The score is taken from BGG's vast community's rating. The lower the score (out of five) the easier it is to learn & play.