Product Type: Days of Wonder board games
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Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride Europe
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Days of Wonder Ticket to Ride Europe
Date: 16/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Addictive fun
Disadvantages: Costly purchase
Ticket to Ride Europe
How to play
2-5 players from ages 8 up.
This is an award winning game and yet I hadn't heard of it until it was given as a Christmas present. If you enjoy steam trains, travel in Europe to the great cities, or just like being an armchair traveller - the kind that watches, Julia Bradbury or Michael Palin and Michael Portillo going about Europe than adults you'll enjoy this.
If you know children with a growing sense of adventure then introduce them to the cities of Europe and take them via this game to amazing destinations. Use it as an educational tool for history and geography and tell them about the great years of rail travel and the people who made those rail journeys. Install in them a desire to learn about the world they live in whilst having fun. The US version can also be purchased but I love this set.
Collect matching train cards to get a connecting route through Europe such as London to Berlin. The choice of direction can change and the route can be made longer via other connecting cities, though it's more expensive to the player, it's good because you won't be penalised for left over cards at the end of the game. These cards provide points and the player with the most points wins. The longer the route you obtain the more points amassed which is shown by the thick plastic coloured trains which the payer places on the map board as they obtain them. The rule book included will explain in a bit more detail.
Lovely box design with a steam train and old fashioned clothed passengers both the gentle folk and the labourers. All of the characters are happy, waving and smiley people that draw you in to taking the lid off and taking out the delights from within. Just the picture on the box engages me with the old-fashioned nostalgia for better days.
It's easy to set up and once the rules are grasped from a first reading it's very simple to teach it to others. Players pick out cards that provide the coloured route they must take. Eventually you can lay down trains along a whole network but beware this is not just a game of luck strategy skills come into it and players can block your route with their own trains. All routes are both colour coded and marked with matching symbols as are the tickets. Everything is colourful and appealing.
The rule book looks like the game will be confusing. Parents need to read it through before starting up the game. Actually, it's not a difficult game once you've had a proper read through. It becomes easy and though it says from age eight I've played with a six year old who understood and enjoyed it so much so that they wanted to take the game away home with them.
The fact, that you can never be sure who will win makes this a tense game. Now to some this might be frustrating but to many it adds to the excitement of the game and becomes a positive. It's only at the very end that you can tell who has won.
The plastic trains are solid but I think it would be even higher quality if metal was used like the pieces on a monopoly board. This is only a minor point.
You soon learn which routes are long so it does make me think I'll buy the 1912 expansion set. However, the game is fun as it is and lasts up to an hour. We enjoy repeated games despite understanding which are the best routes to have.
When I see the lid, open the box and take out the board, which is designed as a route map, I get that exciting feeling as if I am about to make a great journey so for the price of £34.82 instead of £39.99 on Amazon, at the time of writing this review, I'm paying for a lot less than a real rail journey an I get to go on repeated journeys across different routes. It is expensive but it is a good quality game. If can afford it buy it. For those with iphones you can even buy apps to play.
Summary: Only real shame is the price tag which is why it loses a star.
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