Forbidden Island


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DesignerMatt Leacock
ArtistC. B. Canga
PublisherGamewright, ADC Blackfire Entertainment, Arclight, AURUM, Inc., Cocktail Games, Competo / Marektoy, Devir, FoxMind Israel, Kaissa Chess & Games, Kanga Games, Lex Games, Lifestyle Boardgames Ltd, NeoTroy Games, Rebel Sp. z o.o., Reflexshop, Schmidt Spiele, edizioni, White Goblin Games
Year Published2010
# of Players2 - 4
User Suggested # of Players Best with 4+ players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
(415 voters)
Playing Time30
Mfg Suggested Ages10 and up
User Suggested Ages8 and up
(268 voters)
Language DependenceSome necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
(102 voters)
CategoryAdventure, Fantasy
MechanicAction Points, Cooperative Game, Grid Movement, Hand Management, Map Reduction, Modular Board, Pick-up and Deliver, Set Collection, Solo / Solitaire Game, Variable Player Powers
ExpansionLa Isla Prohibida: La Expansión Prohibida
FamilyMisc: Mensa Select, Series: Forbidden Games (Gamewright)
Primary NameForbidden Island
Alternate NamesForbidden Island 禁忌之岛, Den Forbudte Øya, A Ilha Proibida, Insula Interzisa, La Isla Prohibida, L'Île Interdite, L'illa prohibida, L'Isola Proibita, Lanetli Ada, Salaisuuksien saari, A Tiltott Sziget, Het Verboden Eiland, Die verbotene Insel, Zakazana Wyspa, Zakázaný ostrov, Η Απαγορευμένη Νήσος, Запретный остров, האי הנעלם, 禁制之島, 禁断の島, 포비든 아일랜드

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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.



Additional information

Weight .75 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 16.5 × 7 cm


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