This cooperative game’s so fun you’ll enjoy playing it even without your kids. As you work together to recover a legendary flying machine buried in the ruins of an ancient desert city, you have to survive the lack of water and sandstorms, plus escape before the desert claims you forever. Even though I know it’s not real, my heart races every time we get to the end of this game!
Age Range: 7 and up
Time to Play: 45 minutes
Number of Players: 2-5
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This game’s so fun you’ll enjoy playing it even without your kids. My husband and I regularly play it after the kids are in bed!
This is a cooperative game, which is always a plus when it comes to board games for all ages. In the game, your team of adventurers is trying to recover a legendary flying machine buried in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You have to survive the lack of water and sandstorms, retrieve all the pieces of the flying machine, and escape before the desert claims you forever.
If you’ve heard of Forbidden Island, this game is the sequel. This version accommodates more players, and it takes a little bit longer to play than the original, but you can jump straight into this game without having played Forbidden Island. When my family has the time, we gravitate towards Forbidden Desert.
Even though I know it’s not real, my heart races every time we get to the end of this game!
If your kids are still a bit young for this one, check out My First Castle Panic or Castle Panic for another awesome cooperative game for the whole family.
Note: The manufacturer says this is for ages 10 and up, but according to several other families (including mine!) most 7-year-olds who can read are ready for this game.
From the Manufacturer
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!
WARNING: Choking Hazard – Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years.
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7 and up
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Family games should be fun for everyone! We have five kids, and that is one of the rules of our Friday Family Fun Night. We play a lot of co-op games with our kids — Hoot Owl Hoot and Outfoxed are really fun! We also taught them Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert and Castle Panic. Co-op games are great for teaching kids slowly, as open hands and working together are good.