Forbidden Island

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!

Summary Review

Forbidden Island is a co-operative game with a variable challenge setting.  Players have to work together to recover artifacts whilst the island is slowly sinking beneath the waves.

Each role has a different capability, for example a pilot can fly the team out without needing a special card and a diver can swim between sunken island tiles.  Working together, and making the most of the different abilities, players need to collect cards that match the four artifacts and then get to a tile that has that artifact symbol.  Between each player’s turn the island sinks a little lower into the sea, building an increasing level of urgency.

This is a great family game and also perfectly playable as a solo game.  As this is a co-operative game it also lends itself to learning as you play, as anyone that has played can give direction as the game unfolds.

The tiles are beautifully illustrated, the artifacts simple yet attractive and the packaging tin is perfect for long lasting use.

Our Ratings:

Repeat Play Score: 4/5
Gateway Score: 4/5
Thematic Score: 4/5
Component Score: 5/5

In the UK, you can get this from Amazon for about £15, from Gamewright.


The game comes in a strong metal box, and includes:

  • 58 playing cards
  • 24 island tiles
  • 6 pawns
  • 4 treasure figurines
  • 1 water meter
  • 1 water level marker
Forbidden Island
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