The Forbidden Island game app is based on the best-selling board game. I’ve never played the board game, but have read that it is an awesome cooperative game. The only other cooperative game I’ve played is Pandemic and I really enjoy the we all win or we all lose aspect of this type of gameplay.
Forbidden Island takes place in a sinking island where you and your team-mates have to get the treasures before the entire island submerges under water.
The Forbidden Island Rules were a little confusing when I first read them, so we just jumped in to playing and it quickly made sense. Each player is assigned a role. You could be an Explorer, a Pilot, a Navigator, a Diver, an Engineer or a Messenger. With each role comes a special ability. On your turn you can take up to 3 actions. An action can either be moving a space, “shoring up a tile” – which basically means clicking on sandbags to stop the flooding, you can give another player a treasure card or capture a treasure. You need 4 treasure cards to capture a treasure.
Once you’ve used your 3 actions (or not, you don’t have to use all 3), you then select 2 treasure cards and 2 cards from the Flood Deck. The flooding is what causes your island to slowly sink and adds a fun tension to the game.
The goal of the game is to get all 4 treasures, and players off the island. To do so, all players must meet at the helipad AND have a helicopter card so you can escape. This game is for two to four players, and can be played pass and play or table top, which means you put your tablet on the table and your treasure cards are oriented in your direction and your partners cards are facing towards him or her.
There are four levels of difficulty, Novice, Normal, Elite, and Legend (wait for it) ary. My husband and I easily won novice after 2 tries. I’m looking forward to playing the next level later today. I love love love this game.
Developer: Button Mash Games Inc.