Lost Cities: Board Game Version

Researcher Meeple in Lost Cities Board Game

Are you an adventurer? Are you ready to lead your team of adventurers and one researcher into the distant lands in order to show your opponents that you have what it takes to win?

Then it is time to play Lost Cities, the board game version! In this game, each player has one researcher, and some explorers, all set with the task of discovering distant lands while gaining points from quick decisions on when to explore each path.

Board Game View of Lost Cities

This game has very colorful and creative artwork which is really necessary for capturing the imagination as you delve into discovering new lands while gaining your points along the way.

Lost Cities Board Game Researcher Meeple

Why this board game is good for 10 year olds:

  • It encourages imagination as a Researcher or Explorer
  • Competition is encouraged, in a fun way
  • Great for connection time of family and friends
  • Can spark conversations about other lands that have been discovered
  • Involves decision making to help sharpen skills

Takenoko Board Game


Now it is time to travel to a simpler life where you compete with others to please the Emperor by creating the most pleasing garden of bamboo…while a hungry panda waits for it to grow so it can eat it!

A hungry panda ready to eat bamboo

The game pieces and game play of this tile based favorite are found by many to be cute to say the least.

Depending on the weather, each player gets to make different choices on how they will make the garden appealing, and win the approval of the Emperor.

The gardener makes everything grow better
game view
Game layout view
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Game view

We like to look up Japanese music on YouTube and listen to it while we play for extra ambiance 🙂

Shown in this video is a game move by one player to draw cards which give the player things to resolve, such as a tile layout, growing bamboo, or having the panda eat bamboo of certain colors.

Shown in the video below is a swoop through the game board and some of the pieces. Players also have a player card/board that they use for reference, storing their consumed bamboo, making their decisions, and more.

Why it is good for 10 year olds:

  • It encourages decision making
  • Allows for competitive fun
  • Lets one thing of growing things
  • Gets them away from digital screens
  • Encourages family time
  • Involves problem solving