Takenoko Analysis

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Overview

Long, long ago, the Emperor of China offered the Emperor of Japan a Giant Panda in a gesture of peace. You have been appointed to the delicate task of caring for this politically-important Panda and tending to the Emperor’s illustrious bamboo garden. (Asmodee Games, 2011)

During the first week of my Game Making tutorial, I was introduced to Takenoko, a 2-4 player board game designed by Antoine Bauza. As eye-catching as it is unique, the beautifully illustrated game puts players to the task of caring for a panda by cultivating a bamboo garden. The player who manages his/her plot of land the best, whilst strategically feeding the panda, will win the game.

Design

The packaging and design of Takenoko was what initially captured my interest. The cultural aspect, as well as the attention to detail, creates a wonderful thematic environment. The handbook even includes an…

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