A cooperative game where 2-4 players try to escape a mysterious island after saving its four treasures. But the island sinks deeper with every step the adventurers take... Playtime: 30 minutes.

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Pandemic and Forbidden Island - How similar are they?

We have Pandemic at home. When browsing for some new games I stumbled over Forbidden Island made by the same designer. I thought it could be interesting to have another cooperative game but when I ...
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Is it possible to lose Forbidden Island on the first turn?

My first time playing this game last night. My friend that was teaching me had only played a couple times. Despite a quick rules reading we wanted to verify this sequence that happened to us. ...
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In Forbidden Island, can a Navigator move an Explorer diagonally?

My wife and I played a game of Forbidden Island last night. She got the Navigator adventurer, and I was the Explorer. The Navigator's special ability is that it can move any other player up to 2 ...
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Stranded on a tile in Forbidden Island

In Forbidden Island, if a player (not pilot or diver) is stranded on a tile with all surrounding tiles sunk, is the game lost or can he be rescued? Can he give away his treasure to a pilot or diver ...
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Does Forbidden Island usually need any rule variants for playing with 5+ people?

I don't see any reason why Forbidden Island wouldn't be able to handle 5 or maybe even 6 players with some simple variants. Does anyone have any experience with different player numbers with some ...
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How can I beat Forbidden Island at Elite or Legendary difficulty with two players?

The title says it all -- maybe it's just me, but the difficulty from going to Normal to Elite difficulty is more than a little challenging. I've played with a combination of player combinations, but ...
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How likely are you to lose because Fool's Landing sinks into the abyss?

Since I like probability questions, and tttpp brought it up, I figured it might be interesting to calculate how likely you are to lose on the first turn in Forbidden Island, because Fool's Landing ...
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How do you handle drawing more flood cards than there are tiles on the board in Forbidden Island?

Pretty much what it says on the tin--when you're drawing, say, 5 flood cards and there are 4 tiles left in the game, are you supposed to keep shuffling and re-drawing one of those 4, thus ...
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Differences between Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert?

I own and play both Pandemic and Forbidden Island. In practice, I play Pandemic more...but like Forbidden Island too, when I think the former won't be quite accessible enough for someone. I've now ...
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Forbidden Island: Can the navigator move another player 4 tiles for 2 actions / 6 for 3?

The navigator's action is moving another player 2 tiles for 1 action - it does not specify once per turn. Does this mean he could move another player 3 or 4 tiles for 2 action points, or is there a ...
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How does Diver movement work in forbidden island?

I played my first few games of Forbidden Island last night, and one of the roles we played was the Diver. We weren't 100% sure of the meaning of his special ability, so I wanted to ask if anyone had ...
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Can the diver swim around the outside of the island?

If the diver is able to reach the edge of the island, are they then allowed to swim around the edge to reach another tile on the edge of the island? Logically this would be sea, just as removed ...
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Can you use sandbags as your discard when you have more than 5 cards?

I have 4 cards, take my turn, then draw two cards with one of them being sandbags. I must now discard a card to be at 5. Can I use the sandbag card instead of discarding even though I have 6 cards in ...
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Navigator Role ability

If I am a Navigator and I decide to move my partner can I also assume an action through them also? For example if I move a partner 2 spaces beside a flooded tile can I shore up the piece for an action ...
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Is the Diver able to turn when swimming across a flooded or abyss tile?

In the instructions it says the Diver can swim "across" a flooded or abyss tile for one action. Does this means he can make a turn and go to the tile diagonal from his location?
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Trading item cards to another player that already has 5

On a player's turn can they give an item card to another player that already has 5 cards? Would that player just have to discard a card or is it not allowed?
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When a treasure is recovered do you remove those treasure cards from the deck?

When using your four cards to get a treasure item do the treasure cards (and any extras that may be drawn or in another's possession) get removed from the game? This seems to drastically increase the ...
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Helicopter Lift

If I'm playing Forbidden island with a friend and we have all 4 treasures do we have to have the "Helicopter Lift " card still to leave the island from the launch pad if they are the pilot?
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Forbidden Island [duplicate]

We just played forbidden Island my partner was the pilot and we collected all four treasures and made it to the helicopter pad. Do we still need the "helicopter Lift card" to fly off the island with ...