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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.