What is it?

A game of collecting cards, matching colours and placing your train units down in an effort to get the most points.

What do you get?

Ticket to Ride come with load of coloured carriages, heaps of cards, a nice board and rules on how to play.

How does it work?

Ticket to Ride is dead easy; on your turn take 2 cards, place trains matching your coloured cards or take new missions. The more train sections you lay down the more points you will earn. Of course there is more to it that than but generally it’s that simple.

Is it any good?

The most fun aspect of Ticket to Ride for me is blocking of routes that you know people are gunning for. It’s really funny to see angry faces. Maybe it’s just me that likes this aspect as it’s as close to combat as the game gets. That and pointlessly putting down as many trains as you can just to finish the game before anyone else is ready. A big part of the game comes in the form of when someone is out of trains and there is a last bout before you tally up the scores total.

I find it amazing how many versions of Ticket to ride there are, all variants of the same game but set in a new location. It’s sort of intriguing to think are they all as balanced as the original trip across the USA, which remains the only version I’ve played (shame on me!).

As simple as it is, I tried playing it with my 8 year old and she didn’t quite get it which is a shame. She is more into co-op games anyway. Maybe the competitive nature of gaming is really waning just looking at what is coming out and the games that are selling well.

Conclusion

My wife loves Ticket to Ride and will happily play it over and over. It’s a decent solid game in the same vein as Monopoly or Risk. It should be introduced on the shelf from an early age and is a superior game to most common games about. So, in conclusion, no board game collection is complete without a copy of Ticket to Ride.

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