Forbidden Island 9+

A co-operative adventure‪!‬

Button Mash Games Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 894 Ratings
    • $4.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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"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 - everyone wins/loses together
∙ Pass-and-play multiplayer for 2-4 players
∙ Single player gameplay (by controlling multiple Adventurers yourself)
∙ 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

Tested and compatible with iOS 11.

What’s New

Version 3.25

Fixing a bug that caused a crash with the different island layouts.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
894 Ratings

894 Ratings

Cdude man ,

I love this game, in real life

I learned about this game last night at a board game party. I ended up playing it 5 times! I loved it! I saw there was an app and I absolutely had to have it. I have played 4 times on novice and haven't won once because of the statistically impossible amount of times I drew the waters rise card. Especially at the end. It is really annoying. I've read reviews addressing this back in 2014. The fact you added music but haven't fixed this is extremely frustrating. Please fix this immediately. Thank you

Developer Response ,

I'm sorry that you haven't been enjoying the game. We've received similar feedback a few times, but I can assure you that we implemented the exact same rules as the boxed version of Forbidden Island. Here are a few tips that might help you: 1. Waters Rise cards appear more often when everyone's hands are full because there are fewer cards in the Treasure Deck when it's reshuffled. 2. The game is somewhat easier with fewer Adventurers because there are more cards in the Treasure Deck and it’s easier to collect a matching set of 4 treasure cards. 3. If you tap on the Flood Discard Pile, it highlights all of the Tiles that match the cards in the pile. This is how you know which ones are safe from another flood for the moment, but in highest danger of flooding after a Waters Rise (since they are placed to the top of the Flood Deck). 4. The deck shuffling is random, which means it's possible to get a shuffle that makes it especially hard to win. For example, if Fools' Landing is one of the first Tiles to flood, you'll have to be very careful to leave an Adventurer near it for the whole game so that it doesn't sink after a Waters Rise.

randomperson2.54 ,

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

Illisidi ,

Plays just like the board game!

I shared my screen in a virtual meeting and used the game as a lesson in working together, co-operation, and resource management for the youth leadership project that I facilitate. I had 8 to 17 year olds divided into 4 teams. They had a great time and actually won the first time they played. I highly recommend for long distance team building. And game night with distant friends and family. Personally, I don't care much for playing it alone, but it can be done, you just act as all of the players.

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