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! The latest creation by cooperative game master, Matt Leacock who created the best seller Pandemic.

You and your team can be the first to breach the borders of the Archeans’ ancient mystical empire in the collaborative card game Forbidden Island, by Gamewright. In this game, teamwork proves essential to locate the Earth Stone, the Statue of the Wind, the Crystal of Fire, and the Ocean’s Chalice as the Island floods beneath your feet. Adventure… if you dare!

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  • Ages: Ten and up
  • Requires: Two to four players
At a Glance:
  • Be the first team to breach the borders of the Archeans’ ancient mystical empire
  • Locate the Earth Stone, the Statue of the Wind, the Crystal of Fire, and the Ocean’s Chalice before the Island sinks
  • Find the treasures through collaborative play and teamwork
  • Stimulates problem-solving and strategic skills
Gamewright Forbidden Island

Breach the borders of the Archean empire to locate the four sacred elements. View larger.

Gamewright Forbidden Island

Work collaboratively with two to four players to locate the treasure.
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The Legend of the Archeans

This game is centered on the legend of the Archean empire, a civilization that possessed the ability to control the Earth’s core elements–fire, wind, water, and earth–through four sacred treasures. These treasures stayed hidden from enemies for years on the Forbidden Island, which was designed to sink if intruders ever attempted to capture them. Set the appropriate water level for your gaming skill, and let the adventures begin!

Capture the Four Sacred Treasures Before the Island Sinks!

Your team of adventurers must work together to keep the Forbidden Island from sinking as you seek the four treasures hidden within. The mission is carried out using different combinations of Flood, Treasure, and Adventurer Cards on the 24 tiles that make up the Forbidden Island. Once you’ve captured each treasure using the appropriate cards, you must make it to Fools’ Landing and escape by helicopter in order to win. If the island sinks before you complete your tasks, the mission ends in defeat.

Use Collaborative Play to Succeed

Each player is dealt an Adventure Card and given a corresponding pawn before the game starts, designating him or her with a certain set of strengths. This game is designed so that instead of competing with other players, you work to find the treasures and find out how to best use each Adventurer’s strengths through collaborative play. This stimulates problem-solving and strategy skills.

What’s in the Box

Water level marker, water meter, 58 playing cards, 24 island tiles, 6 pawns, 4 treasure figurines, rules of play, Gamewright catalog, and comment card.

Product Features

  • 2010 Mensa Favorite Brainy Games Winner
  • Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise
  • 2 to 4 players
  • Strategic thinking, problem solving and cooperation required
  • Ages 10 and up
  • Playing time: 30 minutes

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3 Responses to Forbidden Island

  1. Ade the DBA says:

    A Multi-Game Comparison Plenty of people have done an admirable job of explaining the games in their reviews, so this is instead an attempt at a comparison between a number of games, the pros and cons of each and which may suit different people best. The games in question are: Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Castle Panic, Smallworld, and Forbidden Island.We have had Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne (with a number of expansion packs) for quite a few years now, and only recently added the other games above…

  2. Amazon Addict says:

    Clever cooperative game – engaging for both kids and adults Wow, what a clever game! I’m so impressed to have a cooperative game that is complicated enough to engage adults and still playable with the kids. Marketed for ages 10 & up, but my 7- and 9-year old play. Since it’s cooperative, it’s pretty easy to explain a strategy that the 7-year old doesn’t get right away. And sometimes the 7-year old explains to us!Here’s a hint to get the kids interested….figure it out yourself first. They don’t want to sit and listen to the instructions…

  3. Sheebles says:

    A Great “Gateway Game” As others have said this is a great family game. Everyone works together on the same team, so it’s easy to get started and figure out what’s going on. That being said, don’t think that this game is too easy! You can really crank up the difficulty for some very exciting and challenging finishes. Changing (or randomizing) roles and shuffling the game board each play makes for some nice variation, but each game will inevitably play out the same way. Despite that, it’s still great fun and is…

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