Two years after the release of Pandemic, Leacock stripped down and re-themed the core mechanics as Forbidden Island. He removed some of the chrome that occasionally resulted in analysis paralysis and, in doing so, reduced the tendency for more experienced players to play traffic cop.
We had a chance to sit down with the game a few weeks ago after playing Road Kill Rally. Here's how the game played out...
FORBIDDEN ISLAND RULES
FORBIDDEN ISLAND PLAY-THROUGH
With its "Andromeda Strain" theme and additional depth and complexity, I still prefer Pandemic but there's plenty of reasons to break out its younger, hipper offspring as an alternative. Because it is a much simpler game, Forbidden Island seems less prone to the aforementioned B.V.S. and feels more genuinely co-operative as a result.
Boasting excellent components, quick play time and a reasonable sticker price, Forbidden Island is definitely worth exploring.
Four pips outta six!