You may not be familiar with his name, but there’s a good chance that if you’re a modern board game fan, you know at least one of his games. He’s the guy that created Pandemic, one of the biggest and best modern board games in existence.
Looking at his portfolio of games, he clearly has a niche. Co-operative games are his bread and butter, which he does better than just about anyone in the business. In this edition of the Board Game Night Playlist, you’re not only getting a spotlight on Matt Leacock games, but also a great co-operative game night.
Up until relatively recently, board games have been a primarily competitive medium. Thankfully, thanks to innovations in game design, players can now work together to face off against an opposing force that can only be stopped with your combined talents. This edition features a group of games that will keep you working as a team all night long.
Pandemic made a fantastic first impression on me. Since that fateful first try, the game has become a favourite on board game night while inspiring me to look for more games of that flavour. After weeks of research, I picked up Forbidden Desert. Some may know it as the direct sequel to Forbidden Island, but the immediate connection is the fact that this is the latest game from the designer of Pandemic. While this is another co-operative adventure, does it do enough to step outside of its spiritual successor’s shadow?
I have to admit that the first games that Steff and I played of Forbidden Desert were a bit lukewarm. But once we got our bearings with it and busted this out at a party, it really picked up steam. This desert adventure uses some elements of Pandemic in a very different context to make for a game that stands on its own as an awesome cooperative experience. Whether we won or lost, the journey through this desert proved engaging and thrilling. When Forbidden Desert is at its best, you and your group of adventurers will be strategizing, sweating bullets and praying to a higher power that Mother Nature’s next move won’t kill you. Check out the full list of Awesome Board Games You Should Play right here!
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