Forbidden Desert

Forbidden Desert

Product #GMW0415

Regular Price: $27.00

Special Price: $19.19

5 In stock

Manufacturer: Gamewright

Forbidden Desert Review


Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You'll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the forbidden desert!


In Forbidden Desert, 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.

Contents:
49 Cards
48 Sand Markers
24 Tiles
6 Pawns
5 Water Level Markers
4 Flying Machine Parts
1 Flying Machine Model
1 Sand Storm Meter
1 Sand Storm Meter Stand
1 Sand Storm Level Marker
Rules


Ages: 10+
Players: 2-5
Game Length: 45 minutes


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You are traveling over the desert in your space craft when suddenly parts start falling off. You crash land into the sand dunes and begin the hunt for the pieces scattered about.
Easy instructions to learn, you have 4 actions you can take on your turn. You start by moving around the tiles and flipping them over to search for your things. The storm moves around the board after everyone's turn, causing sand dunes to build up on the tiles. You have to excavate the tiles with the sand built up and see whats at the bottom, is the engine or just some land under there? Sometimes there's so much sand built up it could take all 4 of your actions to get to the bottom. Play quick because if you take too long you could end up drawing 4, 5 or 6 cards for the storm and that's when the game gets real! The more cards you draw for the storm, the more it moves around. Will you be buried alive or will you get the to landing pad and get out before the storm picks up?
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Review by bubblerider on 11/25/2017
A fun multiplayer game suitable for kids
This game is very very similar to forbidden island. However it is a little more complex and has better bits. Fun to play with people of all ages, it has a nice little toy steampunk ship that you get to build which kids love.
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Review by Dagon on 12/8/2015
Great cooperative game that you can't beat for the price
This is a great cooperative game that provides a puzzly challenge along with engaging game play. The story of the game is that you have crashed your flying machine in the desert and you need to find all the components of your ship before you are lot in a terrible sandstorm.

The components of this game are top notch. The board is made up of thick tiles that feel substantial. The markers for sand are also great and are double sided to help the players remember which tiles they are able to traverse through. There is a small replica of your flying ship with its parts which is part of the allure of the game. The parts of the ship feel sturdy and I was surprised at the quality for a game in this price point.

The game play is similar to other cooperative games like Pandemic and Flash Point: Fire Rescue. Each player takes on a role that has a special ability unique to them. On their turn, a player will have a number of action points to spend to move, clear sand, or excavate (flip over a tile). Players will need to search the board to find the parts to their ship and ultimately the landing pad to leave. During the searches the players may gain cards with special powers up like a Dune Blaster or Jet Pack. Also, they may find a oasis so they can refill their water or a tunnel that will protect them from the sun and allow them to quickly move around the board.

The added challenge comes with the storm deck and the sand storm that will cover tiles with sand and in some cases bury the players. They will have to dig themselves out before being able to move. As a result of the sandstorm, the board will move around a bit and make long term planning a little more difficult for the players. Also in the storm deck are cards that will reduce the water in the players' canteen.

This game can be challenging since there are multiple ways to lose the game but only one way to win. But when you do manage a win, it is a great feeling.
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Review by Drew on 10/16/2015
A Great Intro to Cooperative Games
Forbidden Desert has proved to be well worth the price at our table.

In Forbidden Desert, each player chooses a character that has a special ability or abilities. For example, the explorer can move orthogonally and diagonally, the climber can move through buried tiles, and the water carrier can distribute water to others.

The players are exploring the tiled board to excavate the four key pieces to the legendary flying machine. Each excavated tile will reveal a buried ruin of the ancient city or may provide one of the two coordinates for each of the four buried parts.

After each player turn, cards are drawn from the deck to move the sand storm around the board, advance the sand storm meter, and force the players to take drinks of water from their meager supplies. Balancing exploration with your water supply is a continual concern as each character has a different sized canteen.

Overall, I felt the game is very well balanced, provides a lot of replayability and is actually winnable. Everyone is on the edge of their seats by the end of the game to see if we can squeak out a narrow victory.
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Review by Joel on 10/6/2015
Great Cooperative Game
This a fantastic little co-op game that's just challenging enough to really keep everyone on their toes. Everyone gets to do something in this game. Each player's special ability is coming to come in handy, and will probably save the team at some point. It's fun to strategize (sometimes even a few rounds ahead) as you desperately try to get everyone in exactly the right place before the next storm hits. I have yet to get past the first few difficulty levels though (this game can be absolutely brutal) but it scales very well so you won't get crushed the first few times you play.
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Review by Nathan on 10/5/2015
Very Good Game
My kids love this one. A very fun co-op game with good replay value. I find the more people that play makes it more challenging but very enjoyable. My kids range from 6 to 13 and they all enjoy this one. This is a very good co-op game that I recommend. Especially for the price you can't go wrong with this one. High quality design and very cool game pieces.
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Review by Sloan31 on 9/24/2015