A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice communication, teamwork, strategy, and decision-making skills.
Ease of Play
Tutorial and hints are available.
Violence & Scariness
Mild peril: Players "die" if they run out of water. Nothing graphic, but younger kids might be upset if they die.
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Products & Purchases
Links from the main menu to purchase other apps in the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This cooperative game is just challenging enough at the lower difficulty levels that you'll need to work together, plan ahead, and hope for a bit of luck. It's purely devious at the higher levels. Forbidden Desert is a constantly changing environment that will keep players on their toes, while still allowing enough control to prevent the feeling that it's a purely random experience. It can be enjoyed by mixed ages, especially if older/more experienced players make it a point to listen to others. The app version allows someone to easily play solo, taking on as many player roles as desired. The screen real estate could be used better -- some icons are unnecessarily small -- but navigation is easy, and the tutorial tool tips help new players understand the rules. This is a great game to play on the go when you don't want to carry a game board with you but are ready for a group activity.
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