Monday, December 29, 2014

#59: Forbidden Island (Mark's 100 - 2014)

Forbidden Island

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 59th
  • 2012: did not appear
  • 2010: prior to publication
  • 2005: prior to publication
  • rank: 365
  • rating: 6.93
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • A beautiful and incredibly inexpensive cooperative game by Matt Leacock (designer of Pandemic) that offers a nail-biting play experience every time.
Tips & Tricks:
    • Stranding players is an ongoing problem - and you don't have enough helicopters to keep rescuing people.
    • Use your helicopters and sandbags before reshuffling the deck... that way, you'll have an opportunity to see them again (and slow down the oncoming flood/tide).
    • The reason this didn't appear on my 2012 list is that I counted it as a "kids game." That's not fair to this very enjoyable design - about half of my plays have been solely with gamers.
    • The American edition of the game did not come with alternate board layouts - but you can find a jpeg of the official variant layouts on BGG.
    • Here's my extensive review of Forbidden Island from 2010.

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