If you’re looking for a steampunk-themed, cooperative board game then ‘Forbidden Island’ is a perfect choice. I hope that you enjoy this Forbidden Island review.
Introducing Forbidden Island
As the title suggests, players are transported to the Forbidden Island, a mysterious island filled with lots of treasure. However, the island isn’t stable and, throughout the game, parts of it begin to sink. The board game was designed by Matt Leacock and then published by Gamewright.
The game is played by 2 to 4 players and these players can choose one of 6 adventurer characters to play as. Each adventurer has their own specific set of skills which can be used to aid the player on their quest for the island’s treasure.
Steampunk and Co-operative – My Kind of Game!
The game board itself is made up of 24 tiles. Some of these tiles have treasure icons on them which means players go to these tiles to collect treasure once they have collected enough treasure cards. Two cards are collected from the treasure each time a player completes their turn. Then, players must look at the water level number and choose the corresponding number of cards from the flood deck. This can cause a tile’s water level to rise or the tile to sink entirely so players must carefully follow the instructions on the card. Due to the flood deck being in play, players have a big chance of losing the game. This loss can come if the Fools’ Landing tile sinks, if a player drowns or can no longer collect a piece of treasure or if the water reaches the Skull and Crossbones level.
Win by Collecting the Treasure!
The only way to win the cooperative board game is if all 4 treasure pieces are collected, all players make it to the Fools’ Landing tile and a player discards a helicopter card. ‘Forbidden Island’ can be purchased on Amazon for around £17.50.
Alternative Co-Operative Game – Elder Sign
If your looking for more steampunk-themed, cooperative board games then Kevin Wilson and Richard Launius’ ‘Elder Sign’ is a great idea. The board game is considered more Lovecraftian than steampunk but does have some steampunk elements. The game is played by 1-8 players and is a fast-paced, cooperative dice game. The players of the game are investigators who are racing against time to stop the imminent arrival of the antagonist, the Ancient One. A countdown begins as players explore the museum looking for elder signs. If the countdown runs out, the Ancient One appears and players must fight it!
Alternative Steampunk Game – Steampunk Rally
Or perhaps you’d be interested in ‘Steampunk Rally’ by Orin Bishop. This board game sees players take on the role of various historical figures such as Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie. The players must construct machines that run on steam, heat and electricity in order to win a race through the Swiss Alps. At the start of each round, players carefully choose cards with various machine parts to add to their racing contraptions. Players roll their dice to activate their machine parts which can provide shielding, movement and more dice to activate more machine parts.
Thank you for reading this Forbidden Island review! If you like the sound of these 3 board games and want to find out about more, click here to read about the top 10 steampunk-themed board games. Another game that you might enjoy is Mission Red Planet. Have fun steampunkers!