Ticket To Ride is one of my personal all-time favourite games. A turn-based board game for 2-5 players aged 8+ where players create rail routes from location to location in order to score points. The original ticket To Ride was first published in 2004, and there are now 4 different full game versions, all together selling more than a staggering 3 million copies already. There are also a host of expansion packs featuring different maps worldwide.
Until now I've only ever owned a copy of the Nordic Edition, but I've been sent a copy of the European Edition of Ticket To Ride to review, and I will also being giving one away thanks to Esdevium Games.
This is a BIG game and it has a lot of playing pieces. In fact each player starts off with a bag of 48 train carriages plus counter, train stations and gameplay cards.
Ticket To Ride can be quite daunting to look at, and sounds complicated, but actually if you just start playing, it's really easy, and my 7 year old had the hang of it after 5 minutes.
The difficult bit is as you get better and more strategic!
The board itself is immense, around 75cm x 50cm. You'll also need space around the table for each player to keep hold of their cards. The correct number of coloured Carriage Cards and Locomotive Cards are required to claim a route on the map.
All players are dealt Destination Tickets - train journeys they can try to complete for extra points, including 1 extra long route which will be very difficult to achieve. Players keep these plans secret from each other. At the end of the game the score for Destination Tickets completed is added and for those not completed deducted from a player's total.
On each turn players can choose one option from draw more cards, claim a route or, if they are feeling confident, get additional Destination Tickets.
The routes to complete your Destination Tickets may be really straightforward if you are lucky, but if you are unlucky someone will have blocked your path or you'll collect the wrong colour Carriage Cards and have to go a far less direct route.
Zagrab to Brindisi below has several possible routes. Each route you complete, whether it forms part of one of your Destination Ticket routes or not, earns you points towards your total score. The longer the route, the greater the points.
Train Stations are new to Ticket To Ride: European Edition, and mean you can exchange some points to use other players routes. It really changes gameplay and actually makes it less frustrating, as you previously would find yourself with Destination Tickets you simply couldn't complete quite often, and if they were high scoring you'd know you couldn't win.
Each player has a counter which they use to mark their score around the outside edge of the board. The game is complete when no more routes can be completed, and then scores are added up.
Ticket to Ride is fabulous for brushing up your Geography,
it also requires a level of skill with thinking ahead, guessing the
other player's next moves, and being sneaky enough yourself to plan routes and place carriages without drawing attention to your game plan.
Ticket To Ride is suitable for players aged around 8+. Younger players can join in as part of a team. It best suits 3 players or more, but my partner and I have spent many an hour playing alone, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
As with most games distributed by Esdevium, Ticket To Ride: European Edition is available from a multitude of outlets including Waterstones, Amazon and supermarkets with an rrp of £32.99, but at time of typing priced under £28 on Amazon.
Esdevium have a host of great family games and puzzles available this Christmas, including Smart Eggs (6+), Dobble (6+), Colt Express (age 10+), Jungle Speed (7+), Hotel Tycoon (8+), Timeline (8+), Disney Pictopia (7+), Ticket To Ride (8+), Loony Quest (8+) and X-Wing Force Awakens And Base Core Set (14+).
Ticket To Ride isn't my only giveaway for Esdevium this Christmas, we're also giving away a copy of Disney Pictopia. You can find all of my current giveaways (and I have 20!!!) and advice about using gleam, on my Giveaways Page.
To enter to win your own copy of Ticket To Ride: European Edition, please use the Gleam form below. The giveaway will end at midnight SUNDAY 13th December. UK entries only please.
Ticket To Ride: European Edition Family Game Review And Giveaway