Forbidden Desert (Tin Box)



Work together to find a lost flying machine and escape the desert in this award winning cooperative family game.

  • Publisher: Gamewright 
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Gaming Time: 45 mins
  • Suggested Age: 10+
  • BoardGameGeek Rating: 7.2
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  • Complexity (BGG Weight): 2.05/5

  • 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!

    Following up the hit game Forbidden Island, the team at Gamewright and designer Matt Leacock set out to create a game that would contain familiar elements (cooperative play, modular board), while offering up a completely different in-game experience. In addition, it would  be simultaneously approachable to new players while upping the ante for those who felt they had mastered Forbidden Island. All this resulted in a fresh new game with an innovative set of mechanics, such as an ever-shifting board, individual resource management, and unique method for locating the flying machine parts. 

    Awards and Honours

    • 2013 Mensa Select Winner
    • 2013 Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Winner


  • 49 cards
  • 48 sand markers
  • 24 tiles
  • 6 pawns
  • 6 meter clips
  • 4 flying machine parts
  • 1 flying machine model
  • 1 sand storm meter
  • 1 stand storm meter stand
  • Rules of Play 
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