Friday Evening criteria include a) play or watchability, and b) fun for all ages!
This Friday Evening, sit back, semi-relax, and enjoy a cooperative game of Forbidden Island!
Forbidden Island is a cooperative game – everyone has to work together to beat the game, not each other. You all win or lose. Great for people who dislike being crushed in a game. Or, if you are crushed, everyone else is too.
The game is for 2-4 players, and is randomized (like Catan) in terms of where everything is, and what characters are being played every time.
The game revolves around an island that houses four mystical artifacts from an ancient civilization. However, they designed the island to sink if anyone ever tried to enter it. You play a group of adventurers, determined to get those artifacts, sinking island or not.
This is actually a great game that usually takes anywhere from 25-40 minutes, depending on how well you do at moving around and keeping everything from sinking. I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but it’s definitely less challenging at lower difficulty levels. It’s really just how good your strategy and cooperation is, and luck of the draw in cards.
A typical round with two players goes like this:
Player 1 does three actions (shore up a sinking tile, move, rescue an artifact, give a card to another player.)
Player 1 draws treasure cards, deals with any “flood” cards (aka reshuffle flood discard pile, and put the cards back on top,) then draws flood cards equal to the flood meter (anywhere from two cards to four.)
Player 2 continues with their turn.
You win by getting all four artifacts rescued, getting everyone back to Fool’s Landing, and discarding a Helicopter Lift card when everyone gets there. You can lose if someone is on a sunken tile with nowhere to go, if the island sinks before you get off, or if both treasure tiles for an unclaimed treasure sink before the treasure in question is claimed.
Overall, this is a pretty fun game, and a great intro to cooperative games as a whole. Pandemic, Shadows over Camelot, and Lord of the Rings (yes, the board game!) are some of my other favorites. I’d recommend this game for ages 9 or 10 and up, really depends on the child in question.
Have fun with your evening!