In board gaming, explaining the rules is an important part of the game experience, but games such as Brass, The Game of Thrones Board Game and Agricola can take a very long time to explain. Luckily, there are some games that are so easy, they can be explained in the space of about 10 minutes, Ticket to Ride is one of those games.
Designed by Alan R. Moon, Ticket to Ride is a game about trains. Playable with up to 5 players, in Ticket to Ride you are trying to connect different cities in America via a rail link. On your turn you can do one of 3 possible actions.
- First Action, you can lay trains, this is achieved by having a matching set of colour cards to match a route on the board, then you place plastic trains of his colour to claim that route and score victory points.
- Second Action, you can collect coloured train cards. There are 5 of these cards at the side of the board, you then pick the two you want and move on. On the other hand you can take two colours blindly off the top of the deck or a mix of either. However, if you see the Locomotive card, and take it, you can only have that card, as it is a wild card and can be used for any colour.
- Third Action, You can take ticket cards, you start the game off with at least 2 of these cards, but you can take more and earn more victory points at the very end of the game, or lose some, as the case may be if you don’t complete the route. Ticket cards basically give you two destinations which you have to connect using your plastic trains.
Very simple, and whoever creates the longest route out of all their trains gets an extra 10 points at the end of the game.
Ticket to ride is a very nicely thought out and well-designed game. While its initial appearance might look childish to an older player with its coloured card collecting mechanic, and its little plastic trains, the game offers something for everyone. Children can enjoy it as well as their parents due to its basic simplicity, but the game also offers a more complex and competitive side to it as well, as linking routes around other player’s trains takes the form of a giant puzzle. Ticket to Ride is quite literally fun for the whole family (as well as any other social groups and events you might be having, such as a night in with friends perhaps).