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Forbidden Desert is a thrilling cooperative adventure based on the best-selling board game.

"Forbidden Desert is definitely one of the best co-op board games in the App Store." - Touch Arcade

"Anyone looking for classic board game goodness should grab this." - iPadBoardGames.org

"Quite possibly my favorite digital board game interface ever." - Pocket Tactics

Your mission to recover a legendary flying machine has just been thrown into chaos. An unexpected sand storm has forced your helicopter to make a crash landing. Now, stranded in the vast desert and exposed to an unrelenting storm, your only hope for survival is to quickly excavate the ancient city, find the parts to the flying machine, and rebuild it to escape.

In order to survive your team must work as one. Forbidden Desert is a co-operative board game designed for 2–5 players. Share water and equipment and collaborate to plan the best strategy for victory.

An unrelenting storm, disastrous sand dunes, and a blistering desert sun — Forbidden Desert is an incredibly challenging board game that will test the limits of your team's skill. Does your team of adventurers have what it takes or will you become another artifact of the Forbidden Desert?


∙ Co-operative gameplay - everyone wins/loses together
∙ Pass-and-play multiplayer for 2-4 players (with one iPad)
∙ Single player gameplay (by controlling multiple Adventurers yourself)
∙ Learn the game with an in-depth Tutorial and Rulebook
∙ Enjoy beautiful artwork from the original game
∙ Collect Game Center Achievements
∙ Save games in progress and return to them later

What’s New

Version 1.9

Fixing a bug that prevented the tutorial from working correctly.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
407 Ratings

407 Ratings

ESIMaven ,

My Favorite iPad Game

I am a Forbidden Island player who found that I loved Forbidden Desert even more! It plays well on the iPad, which not all board games do. It plays well with groups and alone. I also appreciate that ButtonMash Games clearly reads these postings and fixes identified issues with good speed. My one wish: that I could eventually turn off the animations. I enjoyed them for the first few months, but game play would be faster without them.

Chicago Karl ,

Nice game, mine can't shuffle well

I bought the board game to play on our next game night and decided to get this app to play several games ahead of time. They have a nice tutorial video and good rules section. If you are new to the game I would review these and play on the easiest level (one below Novice) which is unique to this app with less bad cards and is almost a sure win. Remember there is an Undo button in case you click on the wrong button. I have been playing on the Novice level which was a 50/50 chance of winning or better until I hit all four of the Storm Beats Down (SBD) in six cards which was sure death in two straight games. In my next ten games I had all four SBD a few times in eight cards and nine cards. It can't seem to get a good shuffle lately. I just hope the game wii eventually get out of this cycle. Having my Water Bearer die three straight games of thirst almost had me delete this game. I really like this game and hope my experience isn't normal.

pbeasi ,

Back to perfection!

Ever since Carcassonne was downgraded and Pandemic was utterly trashed, I get nervous when I see my favorite board game apps getting updated. Luckily after a few small bugs in the latest updates the developers responded quickly and fixed the problems. So back to 5 stars!

Hopefully we get Forbidden Sky someday as this series is currently among the best board game adaptations on iOS.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to list these issues.
1 and 2. I recently released an update that fixes both of these. :-)
3. That one sounds pretty annoying. We’ll try to isolate the problem and fix it soon.

I can’t commit to adding better UI support for the 12.9” iPad, but I’ll see what we can do.

App Privacy

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