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Forbidden Island

By Button Mash Games Inc.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


"Forbidden Island is honestly one of the best apps I have ever played on iOS." --

"Beautiful graphics reproduce the look and feel of the original game." -- GeekDad

"Two thumbs up! I highly recommend it!" -- The Dice Tower

** Awards **

BoardGameGeek iOS Board Game Awards 2011:
iOS Board Game of the Year - Nominee
Best Children's Game App - Winner
Best Family Game App - Nominee
Best Interface and Graphic Design 2011 - Nominee
Best Local Multiplayer or Pass and Play Multiplayer - Nominee
The Dice Tower: Best Digital Boardgame 2011 - Nominee


Forbidden Island is a cooperative game of strategy and courage as you and up to three other adventurers attempt to capture the four ancient treasures hidden on a sinking island. It's a thrilling adventure based on the best-selling Gamewright board game.

Forbidden Island was the secluded retreat of an ancient mystical empire known as the Archeans. Legend has it that the Archeans possessed the ability to control the Earth's elements - fire, wind, water, and earth - through four sacred treasures: The Crystal of Fire, The Statue of the Wind, The Ocean's Chalice, and The Earth Stone. Because of their potential to cause catastrophic damage if they fell into enemy hands, the Archeans kept the treasures secretly hidden on Forbidden Island and designed it to sink if intruders ever attempted to claim them. In the centuries since the mysterious collapse of their empire, Forbidden Island remained undiscovered ... until now.

Will your team be the first to breach its borders, capture the treasures, and make it out alive?

Awarded as Mensa Select in 2010 and nominated for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award in 2011, Forbidden Island is a fantastic game that's fun and engaging for all who play.


∙ Co-operative gameplay for 2-4 players
∙ Single player gameplay (by controlling multiple Adventurers)
∙ Game Center Achievements
∙ Side-by-side or Around-the-Table board layouts
∙ Beautiful artwork
∙ Interactive tutorial and in-depth rulebook
∙ Context aware in-game hints
∙ Includes two different island shapes, providing different gameplay challenges
∙ A single in-app purchase for 10 more island shapes
∙ Facebook and Twitter integration. Share your Achievements!

Tested and compatible with iOS 11.

What's New in Version 2.30

Fixing an issue with the Tutorial that we accidentally introduced in the last update. We really appreciated the email from the player who reported the issue to us! :-)

iPad Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

Love it!

I first played the physical game at someone’s house, and loved it so much I almost went out and bought it later that night. Luckily I checked the App Store and found out they have it on iPad which is so much more convenient for travel.

This game isn’t easy. I honestly wish it was a bit easier for beginners. If you play on novice and you’re losing constantly, I suggest starting with the messenger and engineer cards. Keep the messenger by fools landing, and use the engineer to shore up two tiles at a time until you collect 4 treasure cards of a type. Why these two jobs? Because sending needed treasure cards to the engineer from any tile is super convenient, and if you focus on only a small radius of one of the two 4 treasure collecting space tiles, and a route to fools landing, you’ll win the game. Don’t forget to keep 1 helicopter card to win!

Things I wish this game had? An Apple TV app! I’d love to see it on a big screen where you only have to pass the remote. That way everyone could see a players move in really time, instead of when they next get the iPad. Just don’t charge again and I think that would be a really popular move for the developers. Also, maybe make it only two water rises cards in novice mode. That way people learn how to play, and can advance to the next level once they get the hang of the game.

Thanks for adding this to the App Store!

Great Game that Helps you plan ahead in your life

I saw this game played on Wil Wheaton's Table Top and they mentioned the iPad version. I had to get it. It's awesome! No pieces to lose and the shuffling is fair. I've noticed that my pre planning skills have improved since I started playing this game. Get this!


Love this game. You don’t always win, and you have to decide to play it safe or risk it all. Very enjoyable!

Forbidden Island
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.30
  • Size: 141 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
  • Seller:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Island Pack$0.99

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