As requested I am reviewing one of my favorite games Ticket to Ride from Days of Wonder. Ticket to Ride is competitive game in which players are creating train routes in order to gain points. I will not include the rules in this post, as I will be including a link to see the rules, reviews, and prices. I apologize it took so long to post this review.
Ticket to Ride has a ridiculous amount of editions and expansions, it’s awesome. Days of Wonder also offers online play. The app is available through iTunes and Google play. Before continuing, I strongly suggest taking a look at the short rules on the Days of Wonder website.
Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder
2-5 Players, 30-60 Minutes
For simplicity sake, I am only reviewing Ticket to Ride US Map and Ticket to Ride USA 1910 expansion. The 1910 expansion comes with extra routes and bigger cards. The standard Ticket to Ride has tiny cards that are a bit difficult to shuffle.
This game offers such an amazing challenge, every play is different which allows endless fun. There are destination tickets that we draw in order to figure out where we are going. It all sounds very simple until someone takes a route you’ve been saving up for during your last few turns. Most of the time it is possible to reach your destinations even if you get blocked, but in the painful instance that you are unable to complete a destination ticket, those points count against you in the end. Each completed ticket is added to score at the end. For the standard Ticket to Ride there is a bonus for longest route and for the 1910 expansion there is also a bonus for the most completed tickets.
I would love to pinpoint the exact reason that I love this game so much, but I can’t. It’s Ticket to Ride. The first time I played it, I realized that I couldn’t stop. The art is beautiful, the game play is great, and although drawing train cards is luck based there is a lot of skill that goes into combining your tickets to get the most points possible. After playing the game a few times, you can pretty much predict which routes your competition have. Predicting really helps avoid getting your routes taken by others. It is the perfect balance between luck and skill.
My children also love Ticket to Ride, it’s something that they latched onto right away. It is a family time favorite and I am so grateful for that. Our kids like competition, but they also get frustrated when they do not win. Having a game like Ticket to Ride is great because the kids don’t get frustrated with it. They have fun even when they’re behind on points.
To sum it up, Ticket to Ride is complex enough for endless adult play and simple enough for the whole family to enjoy. It’s offers a challenge for new and veteran gamers alike. I can honestly say I didn’t realize something was missing from life until I played Ticket to Ride. If you liked this review and want to be kept up to date please follow my page and like me on Facebook. Until next time… Live by the Board.