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Forbidden Island


Forbidden Island is a visually stunning 'cooperative' board game. Instead of winning by competing with other players like most games, everyone must work together to win the game. Players take turns moving their pawns around the 'island', which is built by arranging the many beautifully screen-printed tiles before play begins. As the game progresses, more and more island tiles sink, becoming unavailable, and the pace increases. Players use strategies to keep the island from sinking, while trying to collect treasures and items. As the water level rises, it gets more difficult- sacrifices must be made.



What causes this game to truly stand out among co-op and competitive games alike is the extreme detail that has been paid to the physical components of the game. It comes in a sturdy and organized tin of good shelf storage size. The plastic treasure pieces and wooden pawns are well crafted and they fit just right into the box. The cards are durable, well printed, and easy to understand. The island tiles are the real gem: they are screen-printed with vibrant colors, each with a unique and pleasing image.



With multiple levels of difficulty, different characters to choose from (each with a special ability of their own), many optional island formats and game variations available, Forbidden Island has huge replay value. The game can be played by as few as two players and up to four (though it can accommodate five). More players translates into a faster and more difficult game, though the extra help can make all the difference. This is a fun game, tricky for players of almost any age. Selling for under twenty dollars, oddly, Forbidden Island is a rare game of both quality and affordable price.

For those who enjoy Forbidden Island, a follow-up project by Gamewright titled Forbidden Desert was released in 2013.



From the publisher's website:



Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!





Atr�vete a descubrir la Isla Prohibida! �nete a un intr�pido grupo de aventureros en una misi�n para capturar los cuatro tesoros sagrados de este peligroso para�so." La Isla Prohibida es un emocionante juego colaborativo en el que los jugadores tratan de hacerse con los tesoros de una m�tica isla misteriosa, antes de que las aguas la cubran por completo.




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    Forbidden Island is a visually stunning 'cooperative' board game. Instead of winning by competing with other players like most games, everyone must work together to win the game. Players take turns moving their pawns around the 'island', which is built by arranging the many beautifully screen-printed tiles before play begins. As the game progresses, more and more island tiles sink, becoming unavailable, and the pace increases. Players use strategies to keep the island from sinking, while trying to collect treasures and items. As the water level rises, it gets more difficult- sacrifices must be made.

    What causes this game to truly stand out among co-op and competitive games alike is the extreme detail that has been paid to the physical components of the game. It comes in a sturdy and organized tin of good shelf storage size. The plastic treasure pieces and wooden pawns are well crafted and they fit just right into the box. The cards are durable, well printed, and easy to understand. The island tiles are the real gem: they are screen-printed with vibrant colors, each with a unique and pleasing image.

    With multiple levels of difficulty, different characters to choose from (each with a special ability of their own), many optional island formats and game variations available, Forbidden Island has huge replay value. The game can be played by as few as two players and up to four (though it can accommodate five). More players translates into a faster and more difficult game, though the extra help can make all the difference. This is a fun game, tricky for players of almost any age. Selling for under twenty dollars, oddly, Forbidden Island is a rare game of both quality and affordable price.

    For those who enjoy Forbidden Island, a follow-up project by Gamewright titled Forbidden Desert was released in 2013.

    From the publisher's website:

    Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!


    Atr�vete a descubrir la Isla Prohibida! �nete a un intr�pido grupo de aventureros en una misi�n para capturar los cuatro tesoros sagrados de este peligroso para�so." La Isla Prohibida es un emocionante juego colaborativo en el que los jugadores tratan de hacerse con los tesoros de una m�tica isla misteriosa, antes de que las aguas la cubran por completo.

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    Designer Matt Leacock
    Mfg Suggested Ages 10 and up
    # of Players 2 − 4
    User Suggested # of Players Best with 4 players Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players (217 voters) [ ]
    Year Published 2010
    Artist C. B. Canga
    User Suggested Ages 8 and up (129 voters) [ ]
    Subdomain Family Games
    Website http://www.gamewright.com/gamewright/index.php?sec...
    Publisher ADC Blackfire Entertainment Cocktail Games Competo / Marektoy Devir FoxMind Israel Gamewright Kaissa Chess & Games Kanga Games Lifestyle Boardgames Ltd REBEL.pl Schmidt Spiele uplay.it edizioni White Goblin Games
    Playing Time 30 minutes
    Family Mensa Select
    Honors 2010 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee 2010 Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Nominee 2010 Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Winner 2010 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee 2010 Mensa Select Winner 2010 UK Games Exp
    Primary Name Forbidden Island
    Expansion La Isla Prohibida: La Expansión Prohibida
    Alternate Names Den Forbudte Øya A Ilha Proibida La Isla Prohibida L'Île Interdite
    Mechanic Action Point Allowance System Co-operative Play Grid Movement Hand Management Modular Board Pick-up and Deliver Set Collection Variable Player Powers
    Game category Adventure Card Game
    Language Dependence Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet (73 voters) [ ]
    Play time filter N/A

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    Wonderful Co-Op GameReview by Becker
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    Forbidden Island is a wonderfully designed co-operative game for 2-4 players. I greatly enjoy co-operative games because of the unique experience of playing WITH your group rather than against them. And, as far as Co-Op games go, this game is a perfect introduction to the genre.

    Forbidden Island is simple enough for young players, yet still poses enough of a challenge for adults. During setup, you can choose how difficult you want to make the game for your group, allowing it to be tailored towards the experience and ability of the group playing.

    The playing board is made of tiles that are randomized during setup, which provides an unique game with every play. This aspect offers a large amount of replayability. At $18 (Amazon), this game is a great value and I highly recommend it. (Posted on 1/15/2016)

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