Takenoko – 8 GPPs
Designers – Antoine Bauza
Number of Players – 2 to 4
Publisher – Various
Straight to the Point – Cute and laid back fun, plenty of strategy. Just be prepared to add new mini-rules in each playthrough!
He’s cute, he’s cuddly and by the end of this game, you’ll be shaking your fist at him and yelling ‘DAMN YOU FAT PANDA!!’
So how does one go about making a garden fit for our chubby protagonist? Players get to perform two actions in their turn to help them achieve their objectives (more on this in a bit). Draw plots allows the player to draw three plot tiles from the top of the face down plots stack, pick one and place it next to the other plots already in play; the two unselected plots go back on the stack face down. The gardener action allows the player to move the long-suffering gardener; when he lands on a plot that has irrigation (see below) a section of bamboo of the matching colour grows on this plot and all irrigated plots of the same colour surrounding it. The panda action lets you move the panda to another plot; if the plot contains bamboo, he’ll eat a section of it, which the player gets to keep to complete his objectives. The Irrigation and Objectives actions allow you to collect Irrigations channels and Objectives cards respectively.