Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Game Profile: Forbidden Island

Adventure if you dare!

Mechanics Cooperative Play, Modular Board
Theme Island Adventure
Publication Gamewright, 2010
Ages 10+
Time 30
Players 2 - 4

Forbidden Island is the perfect introduction to cooperative games where teamwork is everything.  You will all play as a team trying to defeat the perilous conditions of the game and win as a well-functioning team.  Two to four adventures select a character role that will have a unique special ability.  Players will take turns moving about the island shoring up flooded sections and maneuvering into position to trade cards with their fellow players.  The object of the game is to capture the island’s 4 treasures that represent Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water and then get all the adventurers to Fools’ Landing before the island sinks away.  Players must move 4 cards representing one of the treasures to a player who can get to one of the two locations where that treasure can be captured.  Once all four treasures have been captured all players will sprint to Fools’ Landing and into a waiting helicopter for escape and a collective win.  Sounds easy enough? However, parts of the island will flood after each players turn.  When a Water Rise card is revealed the speed of flooding will increase.  If any segment of the island floods a second time it sinks and is removed from the game.  If the tile with Fools’ Landing sinks the players are lost without an escape route. Sinking both island segments of a treasure before it is captured results in a game lost.  You must work together to keep key island segments intact, exchange cards to claim all 4 treasures, and get back to Fools’ Landing with a helicopter. Will your team be successful in capturing the island treasures and making it out alive? 

AWARDS: Mensa Select - National Competition Winner

We have an open copy of Forbidden Island is available in our Store Demo Library for you come in and try out.

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