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Store:  Strategy Games
Series:  Essen 2010 Releases
Theme:  Adventure
Genre:  Cooperative
Format:  Board Games

Forbidden Island

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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Matt Leacock

Publisher(s): Gamewright

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  • WARNING: Choking Hazard - Small Parts

Product Description

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!

It’s a great honor to introduce the latest creation by cooperative game master, Matt Leacock. There are so many things we love about this unique game: from the rich illustrations, to the collaborative nature of play, to the innovative set of rules, to the infinite possibilities generated by the tiles and cards. Don’t be surprised if your pulse starts pounding faster soon after you start playing – it’s a game that instantly generates an electrifying atmosphere of tension and excitement!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Game Nominee, 2011
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2011
Mensa Best Mind Game Award

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Matt Leacock

  • Publisher(s): Gamewright

  • Year: 2010

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 615 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #31


  • 58 playing cards
  • 24 island tiles
  • 6 pawns
  • 4 treasure figurines
  • 1 water meter
  • 1 water level marker
  • rules of play
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 8 reviews

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by Kiki
Quick, simple game play and yet...
July 20, 2014

We bought this game thanks to great reviews. We were not disappointed. We play usually with four players and find that the challenge is what makes it so much fun for all of us. Really simple set up and equally simple game play makes it a great game to play when you have a half an hour. It was incredibly easy to learn and really hard to master. Playing with a wide age range of people did not negatively affect game play. We all loved that we had to work together to win (or lose). In our house, the tension was what made the game so much fun. Turning over cards would have us holding each others hands in apprehension. This is really a good, quick, simple game for a family that has loads of replay value.

Loved it
April 24, 2014

This is the first coop game that I have played but its so easy to teach its cheap and its totally fun for both kids and adults. The only thing is that there is ONE BASIC RULE that is not clear and this is how many moves you are allowed to do per turn. Once you clear this up its just great...

by Kerbel
They Should make an online version of this.
February 15, 2012

or at least a downloadable kind of game like solitare. it would be really cool, and if the graphics are good enough, it would actually look like a sinking island.

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