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BoardGameDoctor
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I just picked up a new copy of Forbidden Desert at a local Half Price Bookstore for $10 (50% coupon is in effect today)...

I have read posts that it's not worth getting Desert if you already have Island (we already own Island in our collection)...

I already bought it as a Christmas present for the kids and I do plan to keep it in our growing collection.. However, I am curious if people think if you own one- it's not worth to get the other.

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It is absolutely worth having both games. While they do share some similarities in terms of mechanics, Forbidden Desert succeeds particularly because it DOES distinguish itself from Forbidden Island.

Also, You will find that Forbidden Desert is a bit more difficult than Forbidden Island, so it is a great place to move on to after the family has fully mastered Forbidden Island.

I would recommend any fan of cooperative tabletop games to have both in his collection.
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Personally, I like Island a lot better than Desert. I bought Desert, but never play it, so in my opinion, no, it's not worth owning both.
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I had Island and I liked it for how simple it was. Then I got Desert and Pandemic and gave Island away.

Island was a bit too close to Pandemic and Desert was different enough.
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This is like the King of Tokyo , King of New York debate ! At THAT price, why not treat yourself to Forbidden desert .
 
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I own Forbidden Island and played Forbidden Desert. I like the elegance of Island, and thought Desert was too much for what it is.

Get Island, play it with your kids and be happy.
 
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I don't think it's worth to own both games. They are too much alike to own both. Play forbidden island a lot and maybe you can trade it in the future for forbidden dessert. Instead of buying forbidden dessert, spend the money on another game.
 
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I've played both and thought Forbidden Desert was more interesting. I think it would hold up for more plays over time. I didn't like either of them enough to rush out and buy one, but if I had to choose, I'd take Desert.
 
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They are not very similar at all. Definitely worth owning both.
 
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They scratched the same itch for me.

I guess you can get both see which you like more sell the other.
 
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Forbidden Island really shines when you use the fan made island variants. It increases difficulty and excitement.
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It is completely worth getting both. Highly recommend getting both.
 
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Personally we found Island to simple and easy, I received Desert in trade, and immediately traded Island. For young children Island is probably better, but in my opinion Desert is the much more interesting game.
 
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If you already had Desert I'd say don't bother with Island, but Desert is an upgrade IMO, and they are different enough you could enjoy both if you like the kind of game they are.
 
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Both are good, and I've played them about equally with my family. Desert has more interesting mechanics, Island is more attractive. If you are ready for the next level, check out Burgle Bros. Different designer, but the mechanics feel similar to those Matt Leacock games.
 
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My thoughts are you need neither of them.
 
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I'm very glad to have both myself... they have nice components, don't take up too much space, play fairly quickly and are relatively inexpensive, I can't see any reason not to have both unless you are really limiting your collection or just don't enjoy those types of games, to me they both play very differently.

Hmmm, I guess if I didn't have a family I might not have both because they aren't the sort of games I pull out when I have guests over or even for a game night or even to carry with me places, but with the kids at home we are frequently pulling out one or the other of these and sometimes one after the other and definitely appreciate the unique features each one offers. We've actually played FI a lot more since we've purchased FD and I know we wouldn't have played FD as much if we didn't have FI... actually having both has more than doubled the fun we would've gotten out of each individually.
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I don't think Forbidden Desert and Forbidden Island are too similar to have both. They don't really feel that similar when you are playing them. I think you and the family could enjoy both, and for ten bucks, you really can't go wrong.

Not your question, but I do think Forbidden Island and Pandemic were way too similar to have both.
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appreciate all the perspectives- thanks!
 
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Yes, you have kids so both would be fine in your collection. It's great to get your kids (and family) loving coop games, so the more the merrier!

No kids in our house - we briefly had both but got rid of Island as we thought Desert the more interesting game.
 
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