My first attempt to play this game was thwarted by the rulebook. It is fairly small, and so I believed the game could not be too complicated, and yet after several reads I was unable to comprehend the rules.
Very rarely can I say I don’t enjoy a Rio Grande game and I think owner Jay Tummelson (with whom we’ll have an exclusive interview in the next week or so) does a spectacular job of exposing American audiences to foreign developed games by publishing them in English. Having started the review with that sentence may lead you to believe I don’t like Havana and I wouldn’t want to give you that impression at all.
A rich new world has opened up. Resources are plentiful, the economy is booming, and the capitol city of this new world is expanding like never before! Even though many corporations scramble to stake a claim in the exploding prosperity, only one can claim ownership! Who will take over the Infinite City?
So your family likes to get together and play card games, eh? Consider Rummy, first one to 500 points wins right? Sure, it is fun, but truthfully it gets a little boring after a while. The same thing over and over. Are you looking to step up your game, to move out of the realm of “same old …same old” and try something new?
The goal of Forbidden Island is to collect four identical treasure cards for each treasure, move to one of two “special” tiles for that treasure to discard those cards and claim the treasure. After claiming the four treasures, you’ll need get all players to the helipad tile, and play a special card to be airlifted off the island. Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it?
If you’ve ever wondered what you might have if you mashed up Pandemic and Castle Panic into one game, Eagle Games' new Defenders of the Realm is going to be right up your alley. Defenders of the Realm is a game about a group of heroes valiantly fighting against an onslaught of creatures laying siege to the kingdom. It is a cooperative game, with the person who completes the most quests being crowned the King’s Champion.