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Forbidden Desert Board Game

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  • 2 to 5 players
  • Playing time: 45 minutes
  • Playing instructions included
  • Ages 10 and up
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 3 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B00B4ECHJI
  • Item model number: 415
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,344 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
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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 in 2010, 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!

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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. Contains 49 cards, 48 sand markers, 24 tiles, 6 pawns, 5 water level markers, 4 flying machine parts, 1 flying machine model, 1 sand storm meter, 1 sand storm meter stand, 1 sand storm level marker and rules of play.

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Customer Reviews

This is a fun easy to learn cooperative game.
June & Rich
Apart from the special abilities that each player has, digging up parts of the lost city still reward you with special gear that can help your group out in a pinch.
Rocky Sunico
For the uninitiated, Forbidden Desert is a co-operative board game from Matt Leacock, who created similar games like Pandemic and Forbidden Island.
Garret J. Staus

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142 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Angela L. Silletto on August 11, 2013
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OVERVIEW
Forbidden Island is the game that really got me into cooperative games and modern board games in general. Pandemic is my favorite game. Both of these are by Matt Leacock, so when his new title Forbidden Desert was announced, I could not wait to get my hands on it! I was a little worried it might be an unnecessary purchase for someone who already owns Forbidden Island, but I couldn't pass it up. Luckily, my fears were unfounded - although it scratches the same itch as Forbidden Island, it has quite different mechanics.

GAMEPLAY
If you haven't played a co-op game before, the basic thing you need to know is that the players play together against the game instead of against each other - everyone wins, or everyone loses. This is my personal favorite type of game, as it allows overly competitive siblings or spouses to have a more relaxed game night together. :)

The premise of this game is that your team's helicopter has crashed in the desert, and you need to excavate the ruins of an ancient city to find the parts to rebuild their legendary solar-powered flying machine. You do so by exploring on your turn, specifically by flipping over tiles - they make up the game board, so it is different each time - from "desert" side to "city" side and finding what is underneath them. The artwork on the city tiles is beautiful, as it was in Forbidden Island. There are lots of helpful things to find, including wells for your dwindling water supplies (each well can only be used once, and watch out for the mirage!), special equipment, and clues to the locations of the flying machine parts. Once you have two clues for a part, you have located where it is and just need to go grab it. If you can find all four and make it back to the launch pad with everyone, you win the game.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Garret J. Staus on September 11, 2013
If you're already familiar with Matt Leacock's games (Forbidden Island, Pandemic), feel free to read on the next paragraph. For the uninitiated, Forbidden Desert is a co-operative board game from Matt Leacock, who created similar games like Pandemic and Forbidden Island. All of the games share basic traits;, the main theme being that you are all working together toward a common goal, and things get exponentially worse and more panicked as the game goes on. There's always a lot of ways to lose and the end-game becomes juggling all the different ways you can potentially lose the game, while still making progress toward victory. All of those themes are still there in Desert, but the way in which things escalate and the path to victory are considerably different this time around.

I've played Forbidden Desert several times with varying sizes of people, and it was always a lot of fun. If you really like Forbidden Island but wish it had a little more of the complexity and difficulty of Pandemic (which is exactly the boat I fell into), Desert fits the bill very nicely. It plays similar to Island but there is a lot of added difficulty, and some core mechanics are slightly different. You no longer get "good" cards from the regular draw deck, those cards are pretty much all bad. Islands can't sink but they can get buried in an unlimited amount of sand, and you don't know where the treasures are when you start the game (you have to flip tiles to reveal clues). On top of all of that, each player has a water count and certain cards (Sun Beats Down) leave you with less water. Certain water tiles on the board help you replenish your water.

It is *considerably* harder than Forbidden Island, roughly at the level of Pandemic, maybe even a little harder.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By clman99 on September 17, 2013
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Positives of the game:

1. Easy to learn. You will have the rules figured out in about 15 minutes. Less if you have played "Forbidden Island". This is a strong plus if you are playing the game with new people to the group or if you are playing with younger players.

2. Easy to play. Play your four actions, draw cards for the storm, play passes to the next player. Easy enough.

3. Very challenging. In my experience with co-op games, I want to play something that is fairly challenging to beat (in some cases, losing the game can be more fun than winning). This game is very tough to beat. You will have to work as a team and plan your moves carefully as even one error from one person can cause the game to end. Even if you beat the game on an easy setting, you can increase the difficulty to suit you likes. Right now the normal setting is proving to be quite a challenge.

4. Lots of replay. Different character rolls as well as the difficutly setting means you will play this game for a while (you definately will get your money's worth out of it).

5. A very beautiful game design. Tile and card art is very nice. The ship and its pieces are of very good quality (Make note of this Hasbro).

Negatives:

1. The tiles can be damaged. This game heavilly relies on what is hidden underneath the tiles that make up the game board. If a tile becomes damaged through use, it takes away a bit of the secrecy. The players note which tile is damaged and knows what is underneath of it. I would recommend tile covers to protect them. It's a couple of bucks but it prolongs the life of the game.

2. Do not play this game if you or anyone in your group is a sore loser. You will be beaten in this game plenty of times.
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