Publisher: Gamewright Games
Year Made: 2010
Platforms: Tabletop - Board Game
Content Areas: English
Suggested Age Level: Middle School, High School
Play Length: 30 minutes
Number of Players: 2-4
Difficulty Rating: Medium
Forbidden Island is a fun adventure the game that pits players against the game as they try to escape this deadly island with all four of its treasures before the island can pull them or the treasures beneath its flooding watery depths. Players take on the roles of the Pilot, Diver, Navigator, Messenger, Engineer, and Explorer.
Also similar to Pandemic, Forbidden Island can be tough for new players to pick up. Teachers should play through the game themselves first and be ready to help or play along with students. After a round or two though, players fall into the pattern of playing as both their own character and the island as well as a pattern of discussing several steps ahead what the game plan is.
As with other collaborative games, Forbidden Island is a fun way to practice group skills and intercommunication. Players can reflect on how well or poorly their group did and what they think led to that result. They could also take time afterward to write a detailed journal or story about their character’s progression through the game. By the end, they have an adventure story that can also display how different a story seems when it’s from another person’s point of view.
Forbidden Island is another fantastic collaborative experience that, with a bit of instruction, students can pick up and use to practice group communication skills all while hunting for treasure on a flooding island.
Educational Rating: 5/8
(Classroom Tech Friendly, Motivation, Concrete Learning, Additional Skills, Feedback, Difficulty, Accessibility, Extension)
Overall Rating: 7/8
(Immersion, Environment, Storyline, Replayability, Entertainment, Gameplay, Originality, User Control)