Forbidden Desert board game tin box cover
Forbidden Desert board game tin box and components
Forbidden Desert board game tin box back

Forbidden Desert

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Quick Takes:  2-5 players    45 minutes   Ages 10+  Ace of hearts playing card Level 1 (easy to learn, easy to play and FUN!)

About the game:

Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city in Forbidden Desert: Thirst for Survival! You`ll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorms of the Forbidden Desert!

This game is by the same designer as Pandemic, and it has a similar style of game play but a much different (and after 2020, more escapist) feel than Pandemic. The light desert theme makes it good for families, while the mechanisms are relatively simple to understand. There's not a lot of reading required for this game, nor is the strategy particularly on the heavy side. Rather than thinking several moves ahead and considering collateral damage, this game encourages players to think through their actions for up to 1-2 turns. We think it's a fantastic cooperative game for families, and it comes in a decorative tin.

Desert theme not your thing, or have kids on the younger side? You might like Forbidden Island, a game with a similar feel by the same designer, but with a slightly less complex game play.

Why we chose this game for Board's Edge:
  • Cooperative - play with your friends, not against them
  • Family fun - this is great for family game night, striking the right balance between interesting for adults and not too challenging for kids
Selected Awards and Honors:
  • Mensa Select Winner - 2013
  • UK Games Expo Best Family/Children's Game Winner - 2013
  • Fall Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner - 2013