Islebound Review | Board Games | Zatu Games UK | Seek Your Adventure

    Zed has hand-picked an exciting and varied selection of games in his subscription box. Expect to receive some of the best games as well as a few surprises!

    Subscribe Now »

    Looking for the latest new releases? Then this is the subscription for you, each month you’ll receive a mystery box full of the newest and biggest games!

    Subscribe Now »

    Our two new Mystery Box offerings will help you pick up some of the latest top of the range games and exclusive goodies, but at a much lower price!

    Order Now »

    Menu

    Buy 3, get 3% off - use code BOARD3 · Buy 5, get 5% off - use code BOARD5

    Buy The Game

    Awards

    75%

    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You Might Like

    • Various playstyles to pick from.
    • Simple yet engaging mechanics.
    • Lots of strategy without taking much longer than an hour.
    • Great component quality and iconic art of Ryan Laukat.

    Might Not Like

    • Can take a few plays to get a good understanding of point scoring and strategy.
    • Analysis paralysis with so many choices to make.
    • Large map and player sheets require a lot of table space.

    Have you tried?

    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Islebound Review

    Islebound Board Game Review

    Take to the high seas and compete to be the most prosperous pirate of a nation gorged with bountiful boon and treacherous tides. Islebound is a highly rated game for up to four players, published by Red Raven Games, and another gem from the endless talent of designer Ryan Laukat. Each player takes on the role of the captain of a ship, with a crew to command and a capital to build. But there can only be one victorious ruler of the best sea-faring nation.

    What is Islebound?

    Islebound is a area control and engine builder game, in-which players compete to conquer a mystical archipelago and form a nation by recruiting crew members and constructing buildings in a fight to become the most powerful ruler. Resource and risk management, alongside worker placement, are also key aspects of building your nation, through collecting supplies and engaging in combat which is swayed by the roll of the dice.

    Unlike Laukat’s other main titles, Islebound can take a few more games to grasp a good strategy and to figure out how victory points are obtained, so be ready for a fair few trials and errors until you find your sea legs!

    Playing the Game

    The way in which you conquer lands is a choice between diplomatic favour, which can be earned through good deeds and recruiting crew members with good negotiating skills, or perhaps the role of the wicked invader fits your desired playstyle better, by building up your military power and taking the land by brutal force.

    Build up your crew by recruiting members who can fulfil various rolls of administrators, negotiators, sailors, workers, fighters, and even sea monsters. Depending on who you recruit will impact the abilities you can perform and the synergies you can create, so chose your friends wisely.

    Similarly, each building within your capital grants different abilities and generates victory points at the end of the game. Buildings can either be bought or constructed by yourself, depending on whether you wish to follow the route of a wealthy gold hoarder or a hands-on builder, whatever floats your boat!

    Islebound Board Game (Credit: The Innocent BGG)

    The only potential downside to the gameplay of Islebound is that in comparison to Laukat’s other popular games, there is no adventure story book. The adventures within the story books are often the highlights of Laukat’s games, and of course a pirate themed adventure book would have been fantastic. Those who are not as successful at refining a strategy and scoring victory points may have less fun without the adventure story book.

    However, as to be expected from a Laukat game, the art style is vibrant and charming, creating an all-round enticing world that players can immerse themselves within. The components are all high quality, ranging from cards, resource tokens, map plates and dice, with the nautical aesthetic enhancing every inch of the game. Overall, the attention to detail is fantastic!

    Final Thoughts on Islebound

    If you enjoy other games designed by Laukat, such as Above and Below and Near and Far, then Islebound will certainly please your board game appetite. The character tokens of Islebound can also be used within Laukat’s other games, creating an impressive and ever-expanding universe which flows throughout each game. Although there is no adventure story book within Islebound, the modular board alongside the various roles to take on and strategies to play creates vast replay-ability.

    Overall, Islebound is a well-rounded game which has something for all players, from builder, trader to diplomat or invader, the pirate life is yours to make!

    Zatu Score

    75%

    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • Various playstyles to pick from.
    • Simple yet engaging mechanics.
    • Lots of strategy without taking much longer than an hour.
    • Great component quality and iconic art of Ryan Laukat.

    Might not like

    • Can take a few plays to get a good understanding of point scoring and strategy.
    • Analysis paralysis with so many choices to make.
    • Large map and player sheets require a lot of table space.

    Zatu Blog

    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Join us today to receive exclusive discounts, get your hands on all the new releases and much more!

    Excellent
    08000075444
    Bowthorpe Main Centre, Unit 15, Norwich NR5 9HA
    Zatu Games is rated 4.91 based on 11126
    Reviews

    First found Zatu on eBay where I bought a copy of the "Call of Cthulhu" starter set. This arrived promptly and in excellent condition. They sent me an email with a discount code for their website so I decided to have a look. I was very impressed with both the range of products and the prices. The mystery boxes are a great idea! I've ordered a premium box and look forward to discovering some new games.

    First found Zatu on eBay where I bought a copy of the "Call of Cthulhu" starter set. This arrived promptly and in excellent condition. They sent me an email with a discount code for their website so I decided to have a look. I was very impressed with both the range of products and the prices. The mystery boxes are a great idea! I've ordered a premium box and look forward to discovering some new games.

    Just ordered my second lot of games from this website. Really good customer service.

    Just ordered my second lot of games from this website. Really good customer service.

    Will definitley be ordering from here again. Its the only website I could find the Rick and Morty playmat I was looking for. I was looking to order a Playmat protector tube also but I didn't and amazingly the playmat already came with one! Super fast delivery time too!!

    Will definitley be ordering from here again. Its the only website I could find the Rick and Morty playmat I was looking for. I was looking to order a Playmat protector tube also but I didn't and amazingly the playmat already came with one! Super fast delivery time too!!

    Descent price and fast delivery can't wait to start building

    Descent price and fast delivery can't wait to start building

    Have been happy with Zatu Games and their selection. Have been able to get some games that I could not locate in the US.

    Have been happy with Zatu Games and their selection. Have been able to get some games that I could not locate in the US.

    Fast despatch and delivery. Ordered multiple times all without any issues.

    Fast despatch and delivery. Ordered multiple times all without any issues.

    I was very impressed with your delivery service. Also the parcel arrived in good condition. I enjoyed playing Shaperise with my grandchildren, so bought one as a birthday gift for another grandchild. Thank you

    I was very impressed with your delivery service. Also the parcel arrived in good condition. I enjoyed playing Shaperise with my grandchildren, so bought one as a birthday gift for another grandchild. Thank you

    Reliable and the cheapest I can find in Scotland.

    Reliable and the cheapest I can find in Scotland.

    Received my order of Hogwarts Battle, Monster Expansion and Defence Against the Dark Arts very fast, I think the next working day, during Covid19 lockdown. And their prices are extremely competitive!

    Received my order of Hogwarts Battle, Monster Expansion and Defence Against the Dark Arts very fast, I think the next working day, during Covid19 lockdown. And their prices are extremely competitive!

    Easy to navigate and seems to be pretty complete!

    Easy to navigate and seems to be pretty complete!

    Read All Reviews