Forbidden Island

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    Work together to capture all four treasures and escape via helicopter before the island sinks.

    Reasoning, planning and decision-making are exercised.

    Waters and tensions rise in a race against the clock.

    Fire up your frontal cortex. You're going to need it on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from Forbidden Island before this perilous paradise sinks and takes you and everyone else with it. But leave your competitive spirit at home because this 2010 Mensa Favorite Brainy Games Winner is a cooperative game where you win or lose as a team, making it a rewarding game for families. Ornate treasure figurines and sturdy cards with vivid illustrations help immerse players in the game as tensions and waters rise in a race against the clock.

    Brain Health Expert Says:

    "Forbidden Island is a thinking person’s game. It exercises the frontal lobe utilizing reasoning, planning, and decision-making."

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    How to Play:

    Players work together cooperatively. Each turn, players can take up to 3 actions; draw 2 Treasure Cards; and draw Flood cards equal to the current water level. You must have 4 matching Treasure Cards to collect each treasure. When tiles are flooded, they are flipped over to their flooded side. When a specific tile has flooded twice, it comes off the board. Shore up flooded tiles to prevent their sinking. To win, capture all 4 Treasures, and escape via Helicopter Lift before the Island sinks.


        Forbidden Island Rules .PDF


    Additional Information

    format board game
    number of players 2-4
    manufacturer recommended age
    warnings CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
    awards Games Magazine Games 100, Mensa Select, Parents' Choice Recommended, Spiel des Jahres Finalist

    The Marbles BrainCoach says...

    I love that Forbidden Island is a cooperative versus competitive game. I know people love to kill each other in games, but I find that when there is a shared common goal, the fun is increased.

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