Designed by Matt Leacock
The island is forbidden for a good reason, it can be deadly. In forbidden Island 2 to 4 explorers try and collect 4 hidden treasure before the island mysteriously sinks. Each of the players take on different roles with different abilities. Ironically enough, I was the Engineer tonight and The Wife was The Messenger. We successfully collected 3 of the 4 before we both sank with the island.
Matt Leacock is THE name for co-operative games because of his game entitled Pandemic. Forbidden Island has a lot of similarities to its predecessor Pandemic (in which players try and cure multiple diseases spreading across the world) and both are really fun games where players all work together (check out my review on the Lord of the Rings board game which is also a co-op game). I really enjoy each of the different roles and how they help vary each game along with the fact that the island is different each time as well. The game has tremendous replay value because of this. The game also allows you to change the difficulty of the game. The game doesn't take very long either (which means if you lose, you can always set it up again and again until you win :). The game components are all very nice (they all come in a fun tin which is the perfect size). I enjoy the atmosphere that the game creates; it creates a sense of suspense and excitement making sure that no game played is boring. Things you might be saying after a game of Forbidden Island: "Oh...we were so close, if only we had one more turn before that tile sank!" "Wow, that was a little too close for comfort, how did we manage it?" "We lost again? Let's just play one more time. I'm sure we can get it this next round." Forbidden Island is definitely a fun game for the entire family and it is refreshing to play a board game with friends as a team and that is How Lou Sees It.