Recommended Game: Forbidden Island

by A.J. Coltrane

Title:  Forbidden Island

Game Type:  Cooperative “set collection” game.

Number of Players:  2-4

Complexity of Rules:  Low/ Low-Medium

Time to Play:  30 minutes

The Concept:  The Island Is Sinking! The players must work cooperatively to gather four treasures and escape the island before it completely sinks into the abyss! The island is composed of 24 tiles; as the game starts the tiles slowly begin to sink into the ocean. As the game progresses the tiles sink faster and faster. Each turn a player has the opportunity to move around the island, shore up sinking island tiles, and/or transfer a treasure card to other players. Treasures can be claimed when a player has four of the same treasure card and is standing on a tile that is named for that treasure. And each turn, the island sinks a little more…

The gray-blue tiles are "submerged". The missing tiles have sunk!

Why I Like It:  It’s cooperative, which is a nice change of pace. It’s fairly easy to teach and learn. The game is well executed and features a very visceral concept. Each player has a unique ability, and each game the abilities are randomly assigned, so every game is different. Everyone needs to play with a good sense of urgency to avoid going down with the island. Players actually cheer when they win — Forbidden Island seems to make people more “excited” than about any other game we play, from the beginning all the way through to the end.

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1 comment to Recommended Game: Forbidden Island

  • Junior Joey Jo-Jo Shabadu

    A GNOIF favorite – easy to play (especially after a few adult beverages), pretty quick, lots of fun and never the same game twice.

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