Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You'll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the forbidden desert.
Forbidden Desert, like Forbidden Island, is a cooperative game where each player uses their special ability in order to find the 4 pieces of a flying machine to escape the desert. A modular board is used so each game play will be different every game. However, that is where the similarity ends.
Forbidden Desert offer new challenges:
At the beginning of the game, the tiles are randomly placed, face down. In order to find the missing piece of the flying machine, one must excavate (flip the tile face up). To find the piece, players must flip 2 tiles in order to get the coordinate. One of the tiles indicates the row and the other the column and where they intersect is where one of the pieces of the flying machine is, then the players can go there to pick up the piece. If a tile is buried under the sand, then one must waste an action to remove the sand. Too much sand and the tile are not passable until the sand is removed.
Players start with a canteen full of water at the beginning of the game, which adds an element of thirst. When one of the player’s canteen is empty, then all players lose the game.
Sand Storm Cards can shift the tiles which create a little more chaos in the game.
When you find all 4 pieces and make it to the launch pad, you all win the game. You all lose when one of the player’s canteen is empty; or the last sand marker is placed; or the Sand Storm Marker reaches the skull symbol.
I love explaining Forbidden Desert to new players. I would just explain the basic rules, and explain the rest as we play. It creates more excitement as players discover new tiles when they excavate or when they find a piece of equipment.