Forbidden Island board game
Nominated for the 2011 Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) Award.

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!


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  • I really like the playing field and game play. Like most coop games, beware the "know it all" team member who wont give folks a chance to express their voice
  • For: Solo, Family, GatewayType: Coop, Variable powers
  • Nice as a transition to Pandemic. Great tension, at least on the higher difficulties. One of the best parts is being able to keep the treasures you discover. Love the artwork! Wonderful value as well.
  • Still have never won on the hardest setting. Over 30 tries...
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#Dinosaur Island is good for 9yr olds if you play the short game.  My boys didn't have the attention span for the medium or long game, but they did enjoy building the dino's. 

Other games my boys loved that would be good at 2:

#Carcassonne, #Forbidden Island (or really any of them), #Pandemic, #Raptor, #Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Gameand #Dice Throne: Season 2 - Gunslinger vs. Samurai

I don't know who you are playing with, nor do I know your tastes. So, don't take my recomendations too seriously. But, some that I have enjoyed, in addition to what you posted, include:

#Carcassonne

I am not a huge coop fan, but many people are, and if that includes you you could add #Pandemic / #Forbidden Island / #Forbidden Desert

Many people really enjoy #7 Wonders. I myself enjoyed the #Sushi Go Party! quite a bit more fore a drafting game. I here a more modern drafting game t hat beats both of those is #It's a Wonderful World.

I think #Dominion: Second Edition is a the closest thing you can get to a collection essential.

I like both #Forbidden Island and #Forbidden Desert

#Spirit Island is a superb superb coop. It is crunchy, and I don't know what level of comfortability your wife has with heavier games, but I think that most gamers could easily get ahold of it. I don't know what languages you speak, but if you don't speak German you will have some difficulty with a German copy of SI. SI does have a decently high level of language dependence.

You could also check out stuff like #Flash Point: Fire Rescue, #Atlantis Rising (second edition), or #Ghost Stories, which has recently been reimplemented as #Last Bastion.

That should give you some themes to pick from.

That should 

I really didn't think I would have so many, as a lot of my games collection is curated to appeal to the four people I can actually play with regularly, which includes a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old. But here's my list:

  1. #Wingspan
  2. #Pandemic
  3. #Carcassonne
  4. #7 Wonders Duel
  5. #Santorini
  6. #Catan
  7. #Kingdomino
  8. #King of Tokyo
  9. #Forbidden Island
  10. #Clank!
  11. #Coup
  12. #Sushi Go!
  13. #Ticket to Ride: Europe
  14. #Dixit
  15. #The Resistance
  16. #Takenoko
  17. #Mysterium
  18. #Stone Age
  19. #Hive
  20. #Magic: The Gathering

I've been teaching my now-five-year-old different games recently, seeing what he gets and what still eludes him. He just loves being a part of it. One of his favorites is #Forbidden Island, and it's a good one to play with him since we can coach him. I taught him #Bullfrogs on Sunday, and while he understood the actions, thee strategy was way above him haha

In general, I find cooperative games are good (#My First Castle Panic, for example), and dexterity games are also very accessible (#Animal Upon Animal, #Ice Cool, etc.). But games more to their level are also good, like #Don't Break the Ice, #Snakes & Ladders, and those simple roll-and-move games. They're pure drudgery for the adults sometimes, but it is a good place to start since they're able to follow what's going on. We also play stuff like #Hungry Hungry Hippos, #Angry Birds: Knock On Wood Game, #The Puppy Game, #Escape from the Hidden Castle (formerly known as Midnight Party), and other classics.

But it does get easier as they get older.

I guess it is a big gathering. When we get together with my dad's family there are usually 80ish people if everyone is there. So I'm not really use to thinking of it as big. 

They really enjoy: CarcassonneCatan especially with the Cities and Knights expansion, Dominion: Second Edition, two somewhat heavier games that usually come out are Power Grid and Acquire

Edit: PandemicForbidden Island, and Ticket To Ride are done others that get played. 

I've had decent success with young kids and  Forbidden Island. The strategy might technically be above a 4 or 5 year olds head, but they love trying to claim the pretty pieces. I have played it with five year olds who have done quite well. 

That's a great idea! Very generous of you guys too. My friend gave me his Forbidden Island and Century: Golem Edition. As someone looking for lots of different gateways to get onto the table for my wife and my parents, it's great that I didn't have to buy them :)

My friend was going to Marie Kondo his Forbidden Island, so now it's in my hands! xD
Going to try getting this to the table during this weekend. Will let you know how it goes! And that's awesome, hope you have a lot of fun continuing these reviews and get more traction. Awesome photos too by the way

Santorini - played the basic version with my mom. Will be introducing her and my wife to god cards this week!

Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition - played with both my wife and my mom. This was only my 2nd play of the game so I may need a few more to confirm but I feel like Welcome to... is superior (I've had 3 plays of it). Haven't tried playing with the river/lake elements thrown into the mix yet, so maybe that will make it more interesting?

I'm planning on taking out Forbidden Island to introduce my wife and my parents to co-ops.

I still haven't played this. Do you think this is a must play/have/experience?

I'm basically going through a list of gateways to play with my wife. Have played Love Letter: PremiumForbidden Island, Azul, and Santorini to date. All of them have been successful so far

Played Forbidden Island with my wife! Since getting married I've converted her to watch anime with me and now it's board games

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