Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island

Cooperative Game
2-4 Players
About 30 Minutes
Grade 2 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation

Forbidden Island and the classic Pandemic were both designed by Matt Leacock, and the two games share structural DNA. However, Forbidden Island caters toward a younger audience with more accessible gameplay. Forbidden Island is an excellent cooperative family game with opportunities to develop logistic, spatial perception, and risk management skills.

Game Overview

Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!

  • Logistics Logistics
    Allows players to manage production flow between the point of origin and consumption.
  • Risk Management Risk Management
    Players must identify, evaluate, and prioritize options to reduce the impact of unfortunate events or risks.
  • Spatial Perception Spatial Perception
    Strengthens a player’s understanding of the spatial relationships with the objects in their environment as well as themselves.
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
    Challenges players to make decisions based on currently available information.
  • Confidence Confidence
    Promotes and increases a player’s trust in their abilities and qualities.
  • Resilience Resilience
    Teaches players how to quickly recover from and cope with difficulties.
  • Cooperation Cooperation
    Encourages players to work together toward a common goal.
  • Group Discussion Group Discussion
    Instigates the sharing of ideas, the solving of problems, or providing feedback within a group.
Game Details
  • Type: Family Game
  • Category: Cooperative Game
  • Designer(s): Matt Leacock
  • Published: 2010
  • Game Length: About 30 Minutes
  • Players: 2-4 Players
  • 2011 - Spiel des Jahres Nominee
  • 2010 - Mensa Select Winner
  • 2010 - Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Winner
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