Daily Archives August 9, 2011

Game Review: Forbidden Island

Never judge a book by its cover and never judge a game by its intended audience.  Also you never know where your next gaming purchase will come from. That’s quite a lot of lessons and we haven’t even cracked open the case yet.

While perusing an “everything must go” Borders hoping to find a few stray Batman graphic novels and D&D books now incredibly marked down, I happened upon the ruins of what was once the games section. Picked mostly clean, a single tin packaged game caught my eye, Forbidden Island.

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!

Suggested ages: 10 and up
Number of players: 2 -4
Playing time: 30 minutes
Contents: 58 playing cards, 24 island tiles, 6 player pawns, 4 treasure figures, 1 water meter (with marker), 1 rule booklet
Retail price: $16.99 and is available on Amazon for under $15.

Right from the start, the production value and composition of the game are astounding. The full color tin is gorgeous and that quality is reflected through all of the pieces, especially the tile cards which have wonderful artwork and are made of a durable thick cardboard. Types of cards are all easily distinguishable from one another, making organization and storage easy, and the player and treasure tokens again are durable in the case of the treasure look pretty cool. This game might skew toward a younger audience, but it was built with care.

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