Takenoko Analysis

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Don’t let the heavily detailed 8-page rule book scare you away from this board game! Takenoko was published in 2011, by Asmodee and designed by French designer Antoine Bauza. Takenoko is a beautifully constructed board game, that at first seems complex, however quite simple when understood. It took four Uni students around 40 minuets to completely understand all the rules.

The main aim of the game is to keep the Panda happy. The key theme of the board game derives from an actual historical event, where the Emperor of China presented the Emperor of Japan with a Giant Panda to foster peace (Asmodee 2016).  In order to win the game, seven objectives need to be completed. For a detailed version on how to play, l have found a PDF version of the rule book.


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