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Showing posts with label First Impressions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label First Impressions. Show all posts

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tabletop Gaming - First Impressions - Forbidden Island


This will be the first of my First Impressions as there is usually a long time between playing the game for the first time and feeling comfortable doing a review, therefore the First Impressions was born and starts here.

We just got this game today as our Secret Santa and decided it was time tonight. Over a glass of sparkling Merlot (anniversary gift from in-laws), we found the game was VERY easy to set up and just as easy to understand.

Eventhough we saw it on Tabletop over at Geek & Sundry, and we needed a slight refresher as it has been a few months since we saw it, it was very easy to pick up and play.


At this point, we love trying to find games that aren't so hard to learn to play or grasp at the rules so we can get the family (who aren't as into board gaming as we are) and infect them with the bug from time to time.

From this one game, this first impression: Forbidden Island will be one of those games that we will pull out and show them after we have a few games under our belt. It was simple to understand, simple to do a turn (approx 10-15 seconds, if that, per turn including drawing/resolving of cards) but the execution of trying to win was a little bit more of a challenge.

We did our first game just now at the novice difficulty as the Engineer (wife) and Diver (myself) and it didn't look at any point that we would lose but a few of the Water Rises! cards could have turned the tide (pun intended) on our game. We kept on the ball, kept locations shored up and let others sink to the ocean floor when we didn't need them anymore or they didn't pose as an issue to our victory.

The game ended as a victory, took no more than 30 minutes to get onto the helicopter and to safety.

Forbidden island is a huge thumbs up from us as a nice, quick game that on harder difficulties will have us pulling our hair out. The game is definitely a different addition to what we own and hence it'll be hitting the table as often as we can.

Lifting off the Island!
Again, thanks to Ranni for bringing it to our table as the gift!