- Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months
Gamewright Forbidden Desert Game
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- Sequel to the award-winning Forbidden Island
- Cooperative game play
- Modular board ensures a different game every time you play
- Playing time of around 45 minutes
- Suitable for ages 10+
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Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You'll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the Forbidden Desert!
When we launched Forbidden Island, we had an inkling that we had created a hit game but never to the point that we’d be prompted to make a sequel. Well, here we are a few years later with just that in hand. Our challenge to designer Matt Leacock was to create a game that would contain familiar elements (cooperative play, modular board), while offering up a completely different in-game experience. In addition, we wanted it to be simultaneously approachable to new players while upping the ante for those who felt they had mastered Forbidden Island. All this resulted in a fresh new game with an innovative set of mechanics, such as an ever-shifting board, individual resource management, and unique method for locating the flying machine parts. Hopefully we’ve achieved our goals and quenched your thirst for adventure!
48 sand markers
5 water lever markers
4 flying machine parts
1 flying machine model
1 sandstorm meter
1 sandstorm meter stand
1 sandstorm level marker
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Top Customer Reviews
If you have never played a modern co-operative game you are in for a treat, everyone has to work together to win (or lose) together. And it means you have to share ideas, help each other out and properly work together - ideal if you don't like the competitive nature of many board games. If you already have Forbidden Island (as we have) then this is a great follow up, play is sufficiently different that you can enjoy both games for their merits (and themes)
Basically the theme is one of Desert survival and escape (which you probably could have guessed) and the artwork complements it well (though it's not quite as pretty as Forbidden Island in my view) and the components robust. All kept in a stylish metal box. The price seems very fair too, even at full rrp. What more could you ask? - a great family game or gift, plays well with anyone from about 7 upwards. If you like the idea of co-operative play but want something a little more challenging, then Pandemic is well worth a look too
UPDATE - well we have had this a few months and are still getting to grips with it, in a good way. Where Forbidden Island got a bit samey quite quickly this hasn't done that yet. We did have to exchange our first set when we noticed some of the pieces were misprinted slightly (and you could tell what was about to be turned over). We have also discovered that the rules take a little while to sink in (but maybe we were being a bit thick) thankfully BoardGameGeek forum is always helpful.
This is another great co-op game which fans of Forbidden Desert, Pandemic etc. will love.
The set itself is the same high quality of manufacture as Forbidden Island, with beautifully printed cardboard and high quality moulded plastic game pieces. The artwork has a similar steam punk feel to the earlier game but perhaps lacks the visual variety as the desert setting offers less scope for diversity.
The mechanics of the game are also similar to the earlier set, but there are more ways for the game to end. There are 6 character types with different skills which are assigned randomly to the players who must work as a team to find and retrieve four components to assemble the flying machine and escape from the desert. However, there are hazards, the desert is gradually rising and covering the game board, which is constantly moving in response to cards which must be drawn at the end of each turn. In addition each player has a finite amount of water that may also be reduced at the end of the turn.
So, the players must explore the board; keep the tiles clear of sand; find the pieces; search for, extract and share water; hide from the sun and, eventually, escape the desert. Or die. And there's one of the two drawbacks. It's really easy to die even at the lowest level of difficulty for and even for competent players of Forbidden Island. After a few failures we found our collective enthusiasm beginning to ebb.
The second drawback may not effect you, but we've found that enthusiastic, older players of board games (my children's grandparents and great aunts and uncles) just can't get their heads around the co-operative nature of these games, which means that some of our most reliable gaming partners are excluded.
Overall, though, a great game that expands on and refines the concepts of the original.
Eventually we started to get our heads around it, and have managed a few victories, but there are still times when it all goes wrong. Its a great way to get younger gamers into the resource management side of things without getting too technical.
As with Forbidden Island, the board is made of randomly placed tiles meaning that no two games are the same. When you start mixing up the player characters as well, you start working out different play styles and strategies.
All the parts are really well made, and its simple to set up and put away, with games lasting around 45 minutes to an hour, although I have failed in less than 20 minutes before.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived a few days earlier than expected. Brilliant boardgame, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. My only problem is that the box came with a couple of dents in itPublished 2 months ago by David Jones
Great fun! Totally recommend, especially if you have played Forbidden Island.Published 2 months ago by Stephen Jackson
I absolutely love this game. Very simple rules, requires tight cooperation and really engages well with the themePublished 4 months ago by C. S
Great fun, lots of variables for such a quick and easy to learn game.
Played a lot of 2 players game and works well.
Excellent game. Slight improvement on Forbidden Island though plays very similar. If you liked Forbidden Island or Pandemic or have never played a Matt Leacock game give it a try,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jolum
Have played this game so many times and only beaten it twice. Played it as a four and as a two. Brilliant for a stay at home night.Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline Conway
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All the players need to work together as a team to beat the game. It takes a few plays to work out how to use the special skills of each player to achieve... Read more