Forbidden Island: GST Free Discount

July is in full swing, and that means we are now only a couple of weeks away from receiving Forbidden Island, the new cooperative game from Pandemic designer Matt Leacock.

So…want it GST free?

Forbidden Island is a treasure hunting game, where players are seeking to collect the hidden valuables before the island sinks beneath the waves!

A fully co-operative game with variable difficulty, Forbidden Island has plenty of replayability and its short game time makes it ideal as a filler or for someone new to modern board games.

Although we’ll be listing the game for $29, you can have it with GST removed at $25.38.

If you’re keen, just comment on this blog with your favourite aspect of co-operative games before Forbidden Island arrives in stock, and we’ll be in touch to let you know your discount code.  It couldn’t be simpler!

David and Angela


  1. Jordan Walker on July 6, 2010 at 11:06 am

    To be brutally honest, I HATE co-operative games. I prefer friendly competition as it gives me an incentive to play. However, I’ve discovered that many other people like co-operative games. Since there are few people in Whangarei who play “Eurogames” (I know there is huge debate online about the proper term for this new breed of strategy game, but I’ve been calling them Eurogames since I first discovered Carcassonne) I’ve taken it upon myself to educate as many people as I can. Since this is quite a short (and cheap, wink wink) co-operative game. I think I can justify the purchase to myself if I can introduce new people to the hobby through playing Forbidden Island.
    Thanks David and Angela!

    • David on July 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

      Hi Jordan!

      Great to hear from you. How’s the sunny north?

      Yes, “most favourite aspect of co-operative games” could just as easily be replaced by “least favourite aspect of co-operative games”!

      I think one of the great things about Forbidden Island is its ability to introduce new folk to the hobby because it’s both light and quick to play. Add in variable difficulty levels and a fun B-Movie type theme, and it’s a winner, in my opinion!

      Incidentally, if you have a gaming group in Whangarei that you’re happy to have folk contact you about, contact us via our contact page and we’ll add it here:

      Happy gaming!

      • Jordan Walker on July 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

        That is exactly while I’ll be buying Forbidden Island: variable difficulty, heavy theme, fast play time and it looks beautiful on a table. All qualities that both new, and experienced, gamers can enjoy. Can’t wait.

  2. Craig on July 6, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Yes really looking forward to this one – have kids that are 7 and 5 who sometimes struggle with strategy in “competitive” boardgames – this should be a good one for us to play together.

    They can make their own decisions though – they can learn to sink or swim!

  3. Jeff Flack on July 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    At the moment, after playing a full game of battlestar I’m really enjoying being a cylon. I also enjoy the discussion and fun that a coop can create.

  4. Brad on July 6, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I played someones copy of this a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. A great warm up game before delving into an evening of gaming.

  5. Kathy M on July 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Like the others, I have found co-operatives are good games to introduce to players that haven’t played anything since scrabble or monopoly. We have used Pandemic with several teens and pre-teens who really enjoyed it because they weren’t singled out as losers – everyone was a winner (or loser!)

  6. Stephanie on July 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I love co-operative games as I find that competitive games can get too aggressive for me (or is that I get to agressive and am a bad loser, not sure, shrug). I like the communication aspect of co-operative games, often more interactive than the competitive games.

  7. Cynthia Pfeffer on July 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Our children really enjoy Settlers of Catan and Bohnanza. Sometimes the more competitive games lead to tears. We love trying out new games.

  8. David on July 7, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I’m rather renowned for being pretty poor at co-operative games. The folk I’ve played Pandemic with can attest to that! It was as if I was the bio-terrorist when we weren’t even using the On The Brink expansion!

  9. David Collins on July 9, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I usually prefer playing the more aggressive games that I own but I think it’s time that I branch out and try something new. I think Forbidden Island looks like a lot of fun and that it will be a great edition to my collection. And who knows, I might learn something about good team work!

  10. Beatrice Ivanov on July 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I always enjoyed co-operative games with my son who is now 8 and happened to be a really bad loser. He loved them and playing was definitely a more peaceful moment with those games. Now, I need to refill my stock of cooperative games and have my daughter discover them.

  11. David on July 16, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Hi folks! Thanks for the fantastic responses! Forbidden Island is now in stock, so we’re going to close this offer – but keep your eyes peeled for new ones further down the track!

  12. Mark Hodge on July 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The best thing about co-operative games is that they appeal to a wider audience of non-traditional gamers. They don’t have to be conflict free either, as Battlestar Galactica proves (an excellent game by the way).

    • David on July 26, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      Yes, the traitor mechanism in otherwise co-operative games certainly adds spice to the gaming experience. Battlestar Galactica, as you mention, is a gerat example of this, as is Shadows Over Camelot. Pandemic’s expansion, On The Brink, introduces – among other things – a bio-terrorist to thwart the playing group’s plans. I think this is where something light and socially interactive like Saboteur really comes to the fore.