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

"Beautiful graphics reproduce the look and feel of the original game." -- Wired.com: 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

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! :-)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

135 Ratings

135 Ratings

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!

Fun but not easy


I got this app recently. It is fun and suspenseful. However it is hard. The first time I lost because of Fool’s landing sinking, which is kind of unfair because you have no control over the deck and Sandbag cards are rare. Also, I think the islands should be bigger. I know this would make it different from the original game but it would make it easier.
Also, I noticed some people complaining about the number of times the waters rise cards appear. This isn’t too much of a problem for me but it is a little annoying. They seem to come up from the deck much more than in the regular game.
Also, what is easier: Treasure island or Forbidden island?
Don’t get me wrong, I still like this app. It just needs to be a bit easier for me to give this a 5 star review

Absolutely great except for one thing


I love it. When I saw the app I was jumping up and down. It's great. I completed it after 1 try. But my one problem is that I don't think that there should be in app purchases. I think that the game is already a lot of money (totally worth it though) but I don't think that you should have to pay to have more shapes of islands. I also think that you should make a create your own island thing so you can be creative. Please just consider that. I love the game!!!


Button Mash Games Inc.
141.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2011 Gamewright & Button Mash Games Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Island Pack $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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