|Players:||1 - 4 players|
|Time:||40 - 60 minutes|
The Tang dynasty was considered the first golden age of the classical and now iconic Chinese gardens. Emperor Xuanzong built the magnificent imperial Garden of the Majestic Clear Lake as an homage of life itself and from where he ruled. Players will act as Imperial Garden Designers and they will be called to build the most incredible garden while balancing the elements of Nature.
Tang Garden is a Zen-like game that will take you to the first golden age of China, where players will progressively build a garden by creating the landscape, placing the scenery and projecting their vision through vertical panoramas. During the construction, noblemen will visit the garden to admire the surroundings and the way the natural elements coexist in the most breathtaking scenery humankind has ever laid their eyes upon.
Players will take turns by playing one of the two actions available in the game:
1) Placing tiles and matching the elements to increase their personal nature balance and unlock more character miniatures.
By balancing the nature elements on the player boards, players will attract new characters into the garden. On each player turn, if the elements are balanced, the player will have to choose one miniature from the ones available and finally decide which one of the characters will be placed in the garden, orienting them towards their favorite background, while keeping the other with you to keep exploiting its ability.
2) Draw decoration cards and place one on the board to get prestige by completing collections.
Players will draw a quantity of cards based on the board situation and choose one to keep. Players will then have to place the chosen decoration in one of the available spots in the garden, creating a unique and seamless scenario that will never be the same.
During the game, by placing tiles on special parts of the board, you will be able to place a panorama tile, a new element that adds a never ending perspective for the visitors. Both small and big panoramas will be placed perpendicularly to the board by attaching it to the board insert by creating a seamless look on the four sides of the board. The Panoramas will interact with the characters at the end of the game by giving prestige points based on what your visitor sees and likes.
At the end of the game, the player with the most prestige will be the winner.
This game is beautiful no doubt about it, the scenery you can build, the landscapes you can place at the edges of the board, even the empty board looks fantastic with the gilded look to it. The gameplay is easy to grasp after a couple of turns, and the options are simple: build the garden by placing tiles or place a decoration on the appropriate spots (of course there are optional actions but that would be going too much into detail).
There are only a few things that dock it points: the setup/teardown can take a fair bit of time (in particular, the tree decorations have to be disassembled to be placed back in the box), the iconography on some of the landscape tiles is too similar particularly for how small the icons are, and the only player aid for the characters is on the back of the manual so be prepared to pass that around a fair bit as the icons on the cards don't give enough information to discern their abilities. I still enjoy the game though and you can easily forgive its few shortcomings once you look down on the garden you've built together and take it all in.
Out of the hundred plus games I’ve bought, this is by far the most beautiful game. Everything inside the box is high quality.
The gameplay is nice with some set collection & tile placement and some interesting decisions to make while placing decorations & characters on the board.
I would say this is a nice family game with a Zen-like experience.