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Forbidden Island
2 Hours
16+ PAX

Your team of 4 adventurers are on a deserted island with a mission to gather four sacred treasures, using specific skills, you need to navigate your way across the island to find the treasure. Seems easy enough? Except, your island is sinking.


Forbidden Island in action

This 90-second facilitation focusses on aligning teams into a group understanding of individual strengths, the skill sets through the organisation and the power of collaboration throughout the business.

What it is:

Forbidden Island is a collaborative (you either win as a team or lose as a team) 4-player tabletop boardgame where each player’s game character has a special ability which the team uses when strategically planning each move to victory. The game is designed to play against your team, the further on in the game you go, the more the game fights back.

What to expect:

The 2-hour session starts with an introduction to the game, explaining the rules of engagement, giving the audience an understanding of how to play the game.

The next phase is playing the game which usually takes around 45 minutes. In this time, players get the hang of the game and start taking on the sinking island. Tensions rise along with the water as teams excitedly finish the game. Missing Link provides enough facilitators on site to assist teams getting through the game.

Once the nerves have settled and the celebrations have quietened down, we take the group through the lessons of the game, relating it back to the objective of the overall event and various takeaways that they can apply in everyday office life.

Outcomes/ Lessons

Besides from a load of fun, Forbidden Island, being a collaborative game, teaches players the importance of transparent communication, the ability to adopt new strategies, foresight and sharing knowledge. The game fits into any event that is covering: breaking down a silo mentality, collaboration, problem-solving, sharing of knowledge between departments, strategic alignment and team cohesion.