Forbidden Island

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Great game.


i like this game. When i played it with friends it was... fine. I enjoyed myself but it felt like a lesser pandemic and if it disappeared from my life it would be okay. THEN i played it with my nephews; and they loved it. I had so much fun playing with them, probably more fun than i ever did playing pandemic on more serious "gamer" nights. They loved the treasures, and flippng the cards as they sank, i did have to change the rules a bit to make it easier for them to grasp (i didnt put in hand limits) but i cannot recommend this highly enough for people with younger kids.


by Wyrd

One of the best little co-op games, great for a family of any ages. The way it uses the tiles as a collapsing board is really neat.


Not as good as Pandemic, but also not as long. Maybe too light for my taste. I'll hang on to it to play with non-gamers when they're looking for something light and/or non-confrontational. I'm sure my son will like it when he's a year or two older.Update: Yup, my son loves it!


by dcoe

The designer of Pandemic needed a new yacht; he figured that he could pay for it with the allowances of middle-schoolers.


Not a fan for 'solo' cooperative game.


Weight: 1.74 / 5


We've played a few games with 2 and 3 players and the thrill to get off the island safely and to cooperate in order to make it is quite fun, much more so than a lot of childish games, which also are based on cooperative play. We'll play this again.




a nice little co-operative game.


Sold on August 5 2018


My family loves this game!


Pandemic style co-op game, high quality components, kid friendly, no reason not to have in your collection.


Components, co-op, theme, fun!


Good, feels too similar to Pandemic and I like Pandemic more


Forbidden island is a great game. granted it is pretty easy, and doesn't create a drastic challenge like it's big brother Pandemic, but I feel like it is a game that more non-gamers would be drawn to because of the theme, and complexity. Also, being a teacher, Forbidden island is a lot easier to pull out with my younger students. The biggest draw back is I feel it is a lot easier to suffer from an alpha gamer in this game rather than other co-op games.


Pandemic does a number of clever things to make you forget you're just hanging around waiting for the cards you need to cure something; Forbidden Island lacks these things. As such, you just hang around waiting for the cards you need. That said, the sinking island mechanic is perhaps marginally better than Pandemic's cube spread--so there is something nifty. That, and the incredibly gorgeous components.


It was a nice puzzle the first few playthroughs but it doesn't give me any reason to want to continue playing after beating it a couple times.


by sky

Good as introduction to co-op but I'm giving it a low-ish score having played both Pandemic and Forbidden Desert several times prior to this, so it now feels a bit too basic.


This is Pandemic-lite... for kids. That's not a bad thing, it's just what it is. A quick, clean, clear, cooperative filler. That's what it sets out to do, and it does it well.


As I don't tend to like co-operative games this is comparatively high for me. Being simple and short makes it far more likely to interest me than Pandemic will.




Essentially a multi-player puzzle. I'd rather play this than Pandemic, since it's quicker and less involved, but I'm still not into these types of co-ops.




April 2017 $8.39


Too light and pure co-op


Very short, very cool co-op board game. Great filler or great to play with the family.


Location: Kallax


Have had more close calls and exciting ends to this game than I have Pandemic. Easier to teach, and a whole lot faster to play, set up and put away. _____ Like it even more now than before.


Forbidden Island is a really fun balanced cooperative game, but I sometimes wish I had the expansion for a bit more depth.


This streamlined and simple version of 'Pandemic' delivers fun game-play in a short playing time. Great for playing with beginners or with kids. As will all co-ops, watch out that one person doesn't take over. Nice art, but I hate the tin box. INCLUDES: ArtsCow additional characters ArtsCow additional islands ArtsCow additional object powers


Basically a lightweight version of Pandemic. Super-fun and makes a great filler or gateway game. Also good for younger kids.


I love using this to introduce children to non competitive gaming.


Don't like the tin, however I like the game more than pandemic because there isn't always a scripted set of actions you MUST take to survive.


"Pandemic Light"




Potential to rise or fall at moments notice. It depends on how it plays at higher difficulties


Actions feel like they're on rails at times, but otherwise a wonderful simple co-op game.


This is a very quick co-operative game. Great entry game to show non gamers that there are other board games beside monopoly. Couldn't play this all the time, but its a very good filler game. 05.03.2012 - Changing rating to a 6 which reflects my views on the game. Its simple fun but after 2 consecutive games I always find myself wanting to do anything else.


Good as introduction to co-op but I'm giving it a low-ish score having played both Pandemic and Forbidden Desert several times prior to this, so it now feels a bit too basic.



Watered down pandemic. Mini idols are cool and the flip and destruction of tiles is a good visual conponent. Great for gateway and families of younger kids.


Decent co-op game, but too many B.S. luck wins or losses. More straight forward than Pandemic, for example.


I would personally rather play Pandemic than this every time, but if I am playing with my family, this is a good alternative.


Another great game for cooperative play that leads to good gamer interaction. Buy It!


Easy to teach and plays quickly. After playing Forbidden Desert for the first time I think this might get replaced by it eventually.


THE gateway game for Co-ops. Keep a copy of this game in your collection if for no other reason than to introduce co-op games to people in less than an hour.


Love this Game, works so well with the people I can play with. Great length of play too


Plays like a simplified Pandemic; cool theme, quick play, and dramatic difficulty. Great for kids. Really low price, really high quality. iPad version is amazing! I'd rather play Pandemic, but this seems real good for a certain age group.


I don't think it would be unfair to call this game Pandemic for Kids, as it's the same designer and the same core mechanics, but with everything simplified a bit and the theme changed to be more kid-friendly (I assume kids would rather be treasure hunters exploring island ruins than be the CDC trying to prevent biological Armageddon). If kid-friendly was a priority for me, I'd probably rate this game more favorably, but I don't have kids, and I don't play with kids, so I'd rather just play Pandemic.


Great introduction to coops for new/young players. Replaced by Pandemic and other coops for more experienced players.


2017-09-16 - Bought starlitcitadel; don't like co-ops; got it for the kids;


It’s a simple introduction to coop board games but I don’t think I’ll be playing it anymore.


Very Simple, hard to lose, but if you do its all luck because the decisions are so easy, easy to alpha game.


Matt Leacock's design aesthetic is immediately apparent in this game. The accelerating rate of the constantly sinking island, and the various roles are streamlined from Pandemic. This streamlining makes for a much simpler game, but also feels like a major step backward. The game hinges too strongly on the timing of the 'Waters Rise' cards. A few too early, or a few too closely together can make the game unbeatable even with optimal play, which feels more frustrating that challenging. Despite all of the changes I still find Pandemic to be much more enjoyable, but if you are a Leacock fan looking for a shorter and easier experience, this is your game.


(+) Good gateway to co-ops, different player abilities, cool theme, has some close finishes, variable difficulty (-) Most of the tiles are not important and are given up as flood fodder, trading cards is frustrating (can't take cards from others, they can only be given), can feel same-y


The first co-op game we bought. One of our main games we play with new players and even parents. Doesn't hit the table as much since we haven't had any new people in out group. Classic.


Short and fun co-op game, good as a filler. If you try to arrange the map in different ways it can get pretty difficult.