The object of the game is to earn points by completing objectives. There are three types of objectives: Plot, Bamboo and Panda. Players start with one of each type.
Each turn consists of 2 steps:
- Determine weather (except in the players first turn)
- Perform 2 different actions, place any number of improvements and irrigation channels, and complete any number of objectives
Weather types (always optional)
- Sun - take a 3rd action
- Rain - grow 1 bamboo on any irrigated plot
- Wind - "may" take two identical actions this turn
- Storm - move panda to any plot and he eats a bamboo as normal
- Clouds - take an improvement chip from the bank, if no chips are available, choose 1 of the other 4 types of weather
- Question mark - choose any 1 of the 5 types of weather
- Build plot - draw 3 plot tiles and place one
- Irrigation - Take an irrigation channel from the reserve. Either place it immediately or store for later use.
- Gardener - Move the gardener any number of tiles in a straight line and then grow bamboo.
- Panda - Move the panda any number of tiles in a straight line and then eat a bamboo section. The bamboo is then placed in your reserve.
- Objective card - Take another objective card from one of the 3 decks. There is a hand limit of 5 cards.
Improvements can only be placed on plots with no bamboo. There can only be 1 improvement on a plot and once placed cannot be changed. To place an improvement as soon as the plot is placed, pick the improvement first.
Irrigation channels must be between two plots. When a plot is irrigated for the first time it grows bamboo.
Plots can only be placed adjacent to the pond or in a spot next to 2 other existing plots.
The gardener grows bamboo on his plot and all adjacent irrigated plots of the same color.
Game ends when a certain number of objectives have been completed.
- 2 players - 9 objectives
- 3 players - 8 objectives
- 4 players - 7 objectives
The first player to complete the required number of objectives triggers the final round and scores 2 bonus points. The other players have a final turn.
The highest score wins, the tie breaker is number of points on panda objectives. If the score is still tied then all tied players win.