Gamewright Embarks on a New Forbidden Adventure in 2013!

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”
Lewis Carroll

BUT, inForbiddenDesert_3-4Tin_WEB this case the explanation is part of the adventure! We are bursting at the seams to tell you about our newest game: Forbidden Desert, a new family adventure game by renowned cooperative game designer, Matt Leacock.  The game is a follow-up to our successful Forbidden Island  but is not simply a second wind. In Forbidden Desert, players take on the roles of brave adventurers who must throw caution to the wind and survive both blistering heat and blustering sand in order to recover a legendary flying machine buried under an ancient desert city. This marks the first time that we have published a sequel to one of our games!

“When we launched Forbidden Island back in 2010, we had an inkling that we had hit game on our hands, but never to the point that we’d be prompted to publish a sequel,” says Jason Schneider, our director of product development and marketing. “I’m beyond thrilled to see this vision come to fruition.”

One of the key challenges we posed to inventor Matt Leacock was to create a game that would contain familiar elements while offering up a completely different in-game experience. “In addition, we wanted it to be simultaneously approachable to new players while upping the ante for those who felt they had mastered Forbidden Island,” says Schneider. All this resulted in a fresh new game based around an innovative set of mechanics, such as an ever-shifting board, individual resource management, and unique method for locating the flying machine parts.

See for yourselves and Watch the Trailer!

Lastly, here are the details and nothing but the details, your travel itinerary. We look forward to taking this Forbidden adventure further with all of you!

Forbidden Desert will make its debut spring of 2013. The game will come in a tin package and retail for a suggested $24.99.


Forbidden Desert
Thirst for Survival
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_Promo_WEB

49 cards
48 sand markers
24 tiles
6 pawns
5 water level markers
4 flying machine parts
1 flying machine model
1 sand storm meter
1 stand storm meter stand
1 sand storm level marker
Rules of play

Players: 2-5
Ages: 10+
Playing time: 45 minutes


About Gamewright

Gamewright is a leading manufacturer of family games, best known for such household hits as Slamwich, Rat-a-Tat Cat, In a Pickle, Rory's Story Cubes and The Scrambled States of America Game. Gamewright prides itself on making games that foster laughter, learning, friendship and fun. Kids, parents, grandparents, and educators all agree that Gamewright makes some of the best games on the planet. For more information, visit
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6 Responses to Gamewright Embarks on a New Forbidden Adventure in 2013!

  1. jcarvin says:

    Looks great, I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Ann says:

    I’m looking forward to this! Forbidden Island was a huge hit in my strategic gaming class to get the kids interested in cooperative gaming and deeper strategy. This looks like another winner! Bravo!

  3. gamekahuna says:

    Looks great – Day One purchase. GW did publish a sequel, Scrambled States of America 2.

  4. adrienne says:


    *happy dancing ensues*

    and an airship?

    *more happy dancing*

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  6. Rose says:

    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after browsing through some of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Nonetheless, I’m certainly pleased I came across it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

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