We are first time board gamers looking for something different apart from TV and movies to do during the COVID 19 isolation and Takenoko looked like a good place to start. The game itself is charming and easy to learn but we were surprised with the amount of strategy that is involved once you get used to the game play. It's also fun to play with just the two of us (a requirement during isolation) and I don't think we'll get sick of it any time soon. Really happy with our purchase!
Played with my husband and two kids (3 and 5). Rules easy enough for 3 year old but without the forward thinking strategy - we play open hand to help them.
Lovely tiles and game pieces and enough variety in strategy and luck from the weather dice to keep it interesting and competitive. Husband loves it!
It has enough mechanics to make things interesting, but they are presented in a simple to way to understand and learn. 8+ age recommendation is probably a tad optimistic for your kids though.
Got this for a 13yo birthday and she loves it. Only took one game to get the hang of it.
Saw this on specials, didn't really have a lot of expectations when I ordered. But once we played it, we didn't wait to start another game. Rules is a bit complicated at first (but it doesn't take more than 15mins to teach i think), but once you get a hang of it it was actually very easy to follow. I think this would be a good gateway game with a bit of complication (not overly easy).