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

Forbidden Island

List Price: $17.99
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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Matt Leacock

Manufacturer(s): Gamewright

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    Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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

  • Manufacturer(s): Gamewright

  • Year: 2010

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 615 grams

  • Current Sales Rank: #149

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #100

  • Language Requirements: This is a domestic item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English). Game components are language-independent.


  • 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

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.

by Joeblow
Exciting Fun Family Adventure Game
December 04, 2011

We bought this game a few weeks ago after reading many positive reviews and I can say that this game definitely is a winner. I think it's really an exciting and fun adventure game for families. We have all girls (including one older teenager) and I wasn't quite sure they would enjoy this type of game, but to my surprise, they all love it. After the first time we played, they were all debating how we would go about beating the game next time. It has quickly become of of our favorites to play.

This game is truly a cooperative game that gets everyone working together. The goal is to make it off the island with all four treasures before it sinks. In order to do so, you must work as a group and use every characters special abilities. This game really has everyone on the edge of their seats by the end of the game trying to figure out how to escape the sinking island. It really has a way of keeping everyone interested in the gameplay.

I would say this is a must have for any family that loves to play board games. It is a unique adventure that you can all enter together. I do not see any downside to the game other than the treasure cards seem a tad flimsy and may degrade over time, but no less than any other game that has cards. All the other pieces are sound and the rules book is short and concise. In fact, if you watch some of the reviews online on youtube and such, you can really grasp how to play without even reading the rules. I think anyone about 8 years old and up would be able to play and understand the rules quite well.

If you are looking to go on an adventure with your family or friends, then this is the perfect game for you.

by Michael Anino
One of my favorites
October 01, 2010

I got this this year when I saw that it was from the same designer as Pandemic and was a steal at its price. I've never been happier with a purchase as I have with this. It's easy to teach, fun to play and hard to win. Every win feels like a true victory and struggle. The game moves very quickly and the threat of the sinking island makes the game tense and exciting. The only drawback I've found is the same that I encounter in most Co-op games: One player telling everyone what they should do and not allowing them to play as equals. This is only a problem with one player I know and I've found that sometimes I see a better strategy than he does and we'll actually discuss which strategy would be better and get a group consensus before moving on, which is WAY more fun than I just made it sound.

The nice thing about this is that it's so quick and easy to learn that new players have the same experience as more experienced players. There's almost no learning curve and it's easy to introduce. The little cards that make up the randomly placed board are of quality cardboard and are extra sturdy. The cards are a little flimsy, but since players don't hold them in their hands and instead place them in front of themselves there's not really any excessive wear done to them. The figures that represent the Treasures being rescued are some of my favorite figures from any game and always grab players attention while I set up the game.

Like I said this is one of my favorite games and I look forward to playing it more for years to come. I don't worry about the game ever becoming "too easy" as the "Legendary" setting looks far too intimidating for me to consider even trying right now. Great detail on cards, good quality on cards and board and some of my favorite figures for the treasures. 5/5

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