Forbidden Desert (Board Game)

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In Forbidden Desert, a thematic sequel to Forbidden Island, players take on the roles of brave adventurers who must throw caution to the wind and survive both blistering heat and blustering sand in order to recover a legendary flying machine buried under an ancient desert city. While featuring cooperative gameplay similar to Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert is a fresh new game based around an innovative set of mechanisms, such as an ever-shifting board, individual resource management, and a unique method for locating the flying machine parts.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
21 Aug 2015
Family Games
Game Mechanic
Year Published
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players,Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 players
Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
Game Designer
Matt Leacock
Game Artist
  • C. B. Canga
  • Tyler Edlin
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
  • 2013 Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Nominee
  • 2013 Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Winner
  • 2013 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
  • 2013 Meeples' Choice Nominee 2013 Mensa Select Winner
  • 2013 UK Games Expo Best Family/Children's Game Winner
  • 2013/Fall Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner
Expansion Sets
Forbidden Desert: Storm Tracker Gear Card
Supply Source
South Africa

Customer Reviews

Great intro to collaborative boardgames

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This is one of the best collaborative boardgames, and a great purchase for anyone who's new to the idea or to modern boardgames. Simple, easy to learn, and intensely elegant. A great gateway drug to more complicated games; the only drawback is that you may come to think of it as overly simple. But It's just really, really excellent.

Great family game

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Easy to learn (my 5 year old plays it) and the best part is that everybody wins, so no sour faces around the table at the end of the game.

Fun, mental challenge

Reviewed by on

Forbidden Desert in an excellently designed, well-illustrated and incredibly fun game, that will challenge your mind every time. It is excellent for solo play when you feel like it (simply control two characters), but is equally fun with a group of 2 - 5 players. If you already own Forbidden Island and/or Pandemic, feel free to buy this one as well. It is just as much fun, but is different enough to count as a completely new game.