Game Review: Forbidden Island



Adventure…if you dare.

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 a 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!

I’ve never been a huge fan of games of chance – I prefer something that allows me to be conniving and lose friends (ex. Monopoly). However, what’s great about Forbidden Island is that it lets you use your brain, but also lets you keep your friends because you have to work as a team! #teambuildingexercise

Another wonderful thing is that the board is different every time you play. The game comes with a set of tiles that get shuffled and laid out differently – like you’re on a new sinking island! Why are they always sinking?! Maybe consider adventuring somewhere safer, like Idaho or something?

You can play with up to four players (or cats) with each player assuming the role of a unique adventurer. Each adventurer card enables the player to use a specific set of skills that benefit the whole team. For example, the player with the Diver adventurer card can move through parts of the island that have been flooded.


Basically, after each turn another part of the island will start to sink. As the game progresses, the water levels rise and more tiles will become submerged. You need to collect the four fun special items before you can leave the island, which can be hard to do if you can’t swim.

Forbidden Island is lots of fun, easy to learn, and a great excuse to listen to your epic instrumental music.

Don’t drown!

Reviewed by: Bethany

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