Such a fun little time-filler game. So simple yet extremely fun to set up and play. The game kind of plays itself a little once you learn how to manipulate the card system (ie. play as many cards as you can every turn - refreshing your hand is the key to winning on a consistant basis). Still, it's mindless fun and was a good purchase. There are enough variants in the rule book to challenge you once you become good. Great "gateway" game for non-gamers.
Better than Pandemic in my opinion. Easier to set up, quicker to play, without all the frustrations of Pandemic. I always feel like I am at the mercy of the game mechanics in Pandemic, where Forbidden Island makes me feel like I am a tad bit more in control.
I love it !! My wife hates it. I think it's an exercise in quality design and thinking. It's extremely balanced and plays easily. She thinks it's a bit "fiddly", and she's probably right, but I think it's fun and thematic.