Ticket to Ride Europe Review.
Ticket to Ride is a brilliant game. Very original, it takes a little time to pick up the basics. It’s a very tactical game, but it all comes clear the further play you make in the game. Take a train journey from one European city to another.
This particular version of the game covers Europe but there are different variations available. You are given multiple routes to follow from city to city around Europe. It can be tricky trying to find your route as on the card there is a map and you need to match it to the board. It also depends where you are sat as you may be faced upside down from the board and trying to find some of the cities takes time, but to be honest it is all part of the fun.
The box contents :-
- Board map of European train routes
- 225 colored train cars
- 158 illustrated cards
- 15 stations
- 5 wooden scoring markers
- 1 rules booklet
I did play this game at a friends house about six years ago and always fancied a game since, so I had a bit more experience that the others for our family games night, so I helped guide them with the rules, it is a perfect family game too if you have older children.
How to play Ticket to Ride?
You can play multiple routes at once and can place carriages at any part of the route doesn’t have to be the start or finish, so no one knows your destination. An opponent may steal some of your route if it overlaps theirs… but they don’t necessarily know this.
This is the time to practice your poker face. You can also get bonus points for the longest continuous train journey. As you can see from the photograph below the trains can get incredibly long.
Completing a route earns points, so you don’t want to give anything away as you have to be tactical and try and find another way to complete your route.
Collect and play train cards in order to place your pieces on the board, attempting to connect cities on your ticket cards. Points are earned both from placing trains and completing tickets, but uncompleted tickets lose you points. The player who has the most points at the end of the game wins.
If you are playing for the first time it is best to allow plenty of time to play the game, as you don’t want to have to leave the game before completing it as it is so much fun the further you get into the game. I personally would say this game would be perfect for a games night, allow at least a couple of hours to play the game simply getting your head around the rules and reverting back to the instructions and asking questions.
The rules says 2-5 players can play, but I would think if there were more people in your party you could play in pairs and confer between you. I have only played the game solely however. A few of my friends have played this game and all have thoroughly enjoyed it. Again it is so different to any other game I have played. It really gets you thinking and keeps your attention throughout. I have played it three times now and I am sure I will play it again soon.
It is aimed at aged eight plus and I think that is about right, any younger and I think they would struggle with the game. Though, of course, I’m sure you could simplify it slightly.
If you like a challenge and like something that is different then this is definitely the game for you. It would definitely make a great Christmas present for someone. We actually bought it Daddy T’s sister for a wedding present. They love the game!
Ticket to Ride Europe can be purchased from Amazon and all good toy stockists. Ticket to Ride has been a great addition to our family games night choice of games and I would recommend it.
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