Island Fortress Review

Island Fortress Review

Island Fortress is a game by Bryan Johnson and Frost Forge Games. It is a very busy euro style game in which players compete to build sections of a fortress wall, scoring points throughout.

Island Fortress is a euro style game created by Bryan Johnson and Frost Forge Games.  It allows players to take on what seems to me to be the worst job of all time, other than actually being the ones to build the wall, an architect for the Governor of an island that is rich with Jade – oh and it is a very large penal colony.


Game is played through three phases and at the end of the game the person with the most victory points is the master builder and declared winner of the game.  I enjoy how fast the game plays and it is definitely one that can be replayed.  Island Fortress offers many opportunities for rewarding strategy and the rules are fairly accessible even to novice gamers.   The rule book however is a really hard read, and I found myself having to re-read several lines just to make sure I could make sense out of it.  My main gripe with the game has to do with the contrast in game components.  Most of them are great nice and thick and have great art.  However there are several player mats and the main building space that are really thing and wear out very easy.


Designer: Bryan Johnson

Publisher: Frost Forge Games

Published: 2013

# of Players: 2-4

Play Time: 90 Minutes

Where to buy: Here

The Verdict


The Good: Interesting mix of mechanics | Most components are great |

The Bad: Rule book needs work | Player mat and building mat components are too thin

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