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Forbidden Island

By Button Mash Games Inc.

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

"8.5/10 - A beautifully done translation in the same league as fan favorites Ascension and Carcassonne." -- Games and Grub

"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 1-4 players
∙ Single player gameplay (by controlling multiple Adventurers)
∙ Includes two different island shapes, providing different gameplay challenges
∙ A single in-app purchase for 10 more island shapes
∙ Game Center Achievements
∙ Two board layouts for playing side-by-side or around a table
∙ Unlimited game saves so you can maintain many in progress games
∙ Beautiful artwork from the original game, plus loads of brand new artwork
∙ Easy to read rulebook
∙ Interactive tutorial to guide players through their first game
∙ Optional hints for context specific help mid-game
∙ Facebook and Twitter integration. Share your Achievements! (Twitter integration only available for iOS 5 and later)
∙ Retina display support

Tested for compatibly with iOS 5, iOS 6, and iOS 7.

What's New in Version 2.5

Thanks to our amazing translators, we've localized Forbidden Island into even more new languages! This update adds Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Malay.

iPad Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

A great game, well worth 5 dollars

This game is a great one, and it is very much like the board game. It has many great features, including different classes, different difficulties, and, for a one dollar in-app purchase, different maps to play. It has a lot of replay value as the tiles are always in a different order. It is a difficult game, so don't always expect to win. I love this game, it it is well worth the five dollars.

Some things you would like to know about this game is that it is co-op, and not pvp. Also, there is no one player mode, and no bots. Also, there is no online mode so you can play with other people around the world. It could be better, but all in all, it is a good adaption of the board game, and you'll be playing it for days.

Great port

I love playing this game with my kids. The art is beautiful and the gameplay is a flawless port from the board game. Contrary to the experiences of others here, we usually win on Novice difficulty, so now we play Normal. I've never suspected the game wasn't randomizing well. In fact, now I prefer the iPad version over the board game because it saves me from shuffling cards!

I suspect those who think the cards are not randomized don't understand the rules. When a Water Rises card is drawn, the discarded Flood cards are shuffled and placed on the TOP of the Flood deck. They are not shuffled into the whole deck. That comes straight from the desktop rules and means you will see those cards first.

Problem with Shuffling Algorithm

I think this is a wonderful game. It is an accurate digital representation of the tile card board game. The added sound effects are nice touch.

However, the problem is the shuffling algorithm used with this game. There is a very high probability that the next 3-5 flood cards in the stack after a shuffle are those very same cards. In essence, the game isn't shuffling the cards but laying the discarded flood cards back on top. No joke, I've seen the same order reappear in sequence upon reshuffle.

This can certainly guarantee a lose scenario most games. Disappointing really, but it also shows that you cannot program true random shuffling. Keep in mind that this very same problem exists in the digital version of Pandemic.

Forbidden Island
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.5
  • Size: 121 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
  • Seller:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Island Pack$0.99