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Forbidden Island

Rated 4.8 out of 5
Based on 11 reviews
 
average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 11 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    9 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    2 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    0 Reviews
100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 2 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
11 Reviews
Reviewed by Lewis K.
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Average play time
5-30 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Click & Collect
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Cooperative play at it's best

As the title says! This game is a great cooperative experience.

Every player has their own ability to help them tackle the ever sinking island to retrieve the artifacts and escape.

The sinking mechanic picks up pace, as the island shrinks faster and faster! Most games barely have a wasted move if you want to win! So can get very tense!

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Rated 2 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Andrew C.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Reliable
  • Hassle Free Shopping
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Streamlined Pandemic - simpler faster most intense

Forbidden Island has become my favourite version of the classic Pandemic. Created by the same designer, instead of tokens spreading across a board, the board tiles gradually disappear leaving you with an intense race to the finish before you've nowhere left to go. Often unfairly labeled as an easier version of Pandemic (which is silly since you can raise the difficulty) this is the same sort of mechanics re-jigged in a way that flows perfectly. I love it!

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Rated 2 out of 5
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Reviewed by Tim
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Average play time
5-30 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Supporting Local
  • Generous Loyalty Scheme
  • Knowledgeable Staff
  • Click & Collect
  • Reliable
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Great teamwork game

This is a really interesting collaborative game which makes a nice change from a lot of games where you are in competition with each other.

There are different levels of difficulty which is great to test yourself. There are also different roles to play with different abilities which means the dynamic is different every time you play it.

It's just as fun with two, three or four players, and it doesn't take too long (it can easily be fit in within half an hour). The artwork and design is really cool, and the tin it comes is a a good size so it's easy to transport if you're bringing it over to a friend's place.

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Rated 2 out of 5
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Reviewed by Nicola H., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Great gift

Bought this game as a gift for a family with teenagers. They are enjoying the cooperative element and the fact that this makes it a bit different to other games they have.

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Reviewed by Spimmo, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

SImple and surprisingly fun

This is a great entry level game for younger children, but compelling enough for older ones to join in too. It's a little simpler than Forbidden Desert, so a good place to start in this series. Easy to learn, so a good game for guests, and has lots of replay value

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Forbidden Island is a visually stunning 'cooperative' board game. Instead of winning by competing with other players like most games, everyone must work together to win the game. Players take turns moving their pawns around the 'island', which is built by arranging the many beautifully screen-printed tiles before play begins. As the game progresses, more and more island tiles sink, becoming unavailable, and the pace increases. Players use strategies to keep the island from sinking, while trying to collect treasures and items. As the water level rises, it gets more difficult- sacrifices must be made.

What causes this game to truly stand out among co-op and competitive games alike is the extreme detail that has been paid to the physical components of the game. It comes in a sturdy and organized tin of good shelf storage size. The plastic treasure pieces and wooden pawns are well crafted and they fit just right into the box. The cards are durable, well printed, and easy to understand. The island tiles are the real gem: they are screen-printed with vibrant colors, each with a unique and pleasing image.

With multiple levels of difficulty, different characters to choose from (each with a special ability of their own), many optional island formats and game variations available,Forbidden Island has huge replay value. The game can be played by as few as two players and up to four (though it can accommodate five). More players translates into a faster and more difficult game, though the extra help can make all the difference. This is a fun game, tricky for players of almost any age. Selling for under twenty dollars, oddly, Forbidden Island is a rare game of both quality and affordable price. Forbidden Island is a visually stunning 'cooperative' board game. Instead of winning by competing with other players like most games, everyone must work together to win the game. Players take turns moving their pawns around the 'island', which is built by arranging the many beautifully screen-printed tiles before play begins. As the game progresses, more and more island tiles sink, becoming unavailable, and the pace increases. Players use strategies to keep the island from sinking, while trying to collect treasures and items. As the water level rises, it gets more difficult- sacrifices must be made.

What causes this game to truly stand out among co-op and competitive games alike is the extreme detail that has been paid to the physical components of the game. It comes in a sturdy and organized tin of good shelf storage size. The plastic treasure pieces and wooden pawns are well crafted and they fit just right into the box. The cards are durable, well printed, and easy to understand. The island tiles are the real gem: they are screen-printed with vibrant colors, each with a unique and pleasing image.

With multiple levels of difficulty, different characters to choose from (each with a special ability of their own), many optional island formats and game variations available, Forbidden Island has huge replay value. The game can be played by as few as two players and up to four (though it can accommodate five). More players translates into a faster and more difficult game, though the extra help can make all the difference. This is a fun game, tricky for players of almost any age. Selling for under twenty dollars, oddly, Forbidden Island is a rare game of both quality and affordable price.

 

2-4 PLAYERS | 30 MINS | AGES 10+

 

REVIEWS

average rating 4.8 out of 5
Based on 11 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    9 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    2 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    0 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    0 Reviews
100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 2 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
11 Reviews
Reviewed by Lewis K.
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Average play time
5-30 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Click & Collect
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Cooperative play at it's best

As the title says! This game is a great cooperative experience.

Every player has their own ability to help them tackle the ever sinking island to retrieve the artifacts and escape.

The sinking mechanic picks up pace, as the island shrinks faster and faster! Most games barely have a wasted move if you want to win! So can get very tense!

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Learning Curve
Rated 2 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
Was this helpful?
Reviewed by Andrew C.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Reliable
  • Hassle Free Shopping
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Streamlined Pandemic - simpler faster most intense

Forbidden Island has become my favourite version of the classic Pandemic. Created by the same designer, instead of tokens spreading across a board, the board tiles gradually disappear leaving you with an intense race to the finish before you've nowhere left to go. Often unfairly labeled as an easier version of Pandemic (which is silly since you can raise the difficulty) this is the same sort of mechanics re-jigged in a way that flows perfectly. I love it!

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Learning Curve
Rated 2 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
Was this helpful?
Reviewed by Tim
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Average play time
5-30 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Supporting Local
  • Generous Loyalty Scheme
  • Knowledgeable Staff
  • Click & Collect
  • Reliable
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Great teamwork game

This is a really interesting collaborative game which makes a nice change from a lot of games where you are in competition with each other.

There are different levels of difficulty which is great to test yourself. There are also different roles to play with different abilities which means the dynamic is different every time you play it.

It's just as fun with two, three or four players, and it doesn't take too long (it can easily be fit in within half an hour). The artwork and design is really cool, and the tin it comes is a a good size so it's easy to transport if you're bringing it over to a friend's place.

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Learning Curve
Rated 2 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
Was this helpful?
Reviewed by Nicola H., from United Kingdom
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Great gift

Bought this game as a gift for a family with teenagers. They are enjoying the cooperative element and the fact that this makes it a bit different to other games they have.

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Reviewed by Spimmo, from United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

SImple and surprisingly fun

This is a great entry level game for younger children, but compelling enough for older ones to join in too. It's a little simpler than Forbidden Desert, so a good place to start in this series. Easy to learn, so a good game for guests, and has lots of replay value

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Shipping

All online orders are picked from our separate warehouse. We always ensure that your games are well packed before leaving. Wherever possible we'll re-use a cardboard box that we received games in from one of our suppliers. We figure it's better that way for our planet. But we do also use new boxes and wraps. If you have a strong preference either way please let us know in your Order Comments.
 

UK Orders

We aim for orders placed before 1:30pm Monday to Friday to be dispatched on the same working day. If this is not possible, your order will be dispatched on the next working day. Orders placed outside our Monday to Friday office hours will be dispatched on the next working day.

Delivery is free on all orders of £65 or more. Orders with a value of less than £65 will incur a delivery charge as follows:

£4.50 - Royal Mail Tracked 48 (2-3 business days delivery time)

£6.00 - Royal Mail Tracked 24 (1-2 business days delivery time)

£5.50 - DHL (next business day delivery, mainland UK only)

International Delivery

If you are from further afield please contact us to discuss.

 
Collect in Store
At check-out you will to have the option to collect your order from our cafés in either Oxford or Bath and avoid the shipping charge. We will notify you by email as soon as your order is ready to collect. Allow up to 3 days for Oxford collection orders and 7 days for Bath collection orders. Orders will be held for a maximum of 21 days before being returned to our warehouse.
 
 
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