Takenoko: A Board Game Review

Zac T McCall

During the first seminar of my digital gaming cultures subject, DIGC310, we were instructed to approach the front of the class where a large trolley of assorted board games of different shapes and sizes were readily waiting for us to choose and review. As a group our table decided on the French developed board game ‘Takenoko’.

At first glance Takenoko is a very beautiful and aesthetically pleasing board game in terms of design. From the colours chosen to the unique patterns on player pieces I enjoyed searching through the box and investigating the contents. Though as we started dealing out pieces and cards a common opinion was shared between my classmates – the instruction manual did a terrible job of explaining how to play and identify the key objectives. I found that we started to understand the game from the player pieces and cards more so then from what…

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