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we found the game among ourselves (2p) quite boring as you generally know if you are going to ...
on April 24, 2016
My girlfriend and I recently purchased Forbidden Island and were excited to play. However, we found the game among ourselves (2p) quite boring as you generally know if you are going to win or loose fairly quickly, leaving the rest of the game (about 1/3 - 1/2) a waste. The game, primarily based on luck, even bored her mother and other friends who we played in 3-4p games, despite having easy to learn rules and excellent look and feel. Overall the game lacks excitement, though its predictability and lack of strategic challenges. It would only serve as a decent at best introduction to cooperative games.
*Easy to learn rules and could be fun for those in the 6-14 age range.
*Interesting base game concept.
*Excellent card artwork and decent rule book.
*Game is largely driven by luck - how frequently you get water-rise cards.
*Cooperation strategies are too easily learned and provide little challenge after two or three gameplays.
*Poor game design, with only one card per tile in the deck.
*Plastic treasure pieces that do not have any impact on game play.