Ticket to Ride – for fans of board games

As I promised, I’ll continue to tell you about the interesting desktops implemented for iOS. And today I decided to introduce you to one of my favorite games – Ticket to Ride (it’s the “Train ticket”). This game was invented by Alan Mun and came out 10 years ago, in 2004. Immediately she received many awards and prizes, such as “The Best Board Game 2004” by Origins Award and “Spiel des Jahres 2004”, the French award “As d’Or 2005”, “Diana Jones award 2005”, the second place in the nomination “Family games” according to the version of Schweizer Spielepreis 2004. Ticket to Ride: Europe, one of the versions of the game, was awarded the “International Gamers Awards” in 2005, and in 2007 – “The best family game” and “Game of the Year” according to the site version boardgamer.ru.

As in the case of Carcassonne, I played both in the desktop and in the electronic version of Ticket to Ride. And I can assure you that under iOS the game is realized simply superbly, starting with graphics and convenient location of objects, ending with musical accompaniment.

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In the game, we need to build a railway linking cities, and score the most points. There are several variants of Ticket to Ride, and almost each of them has its own peculiarities. You can get acquainted with the map of the USA, Europe, Asia and separately Switzerland. As for the desktop version, the company of Days of Wonder also released maps of Africa, Scandinavia, Germany, Holland and India.

First, the rules may seem a bit confusing to you, but after the first batch everything will fall into place. The game is designed for 2-5 players, each of which takes turns. You will have the opportunity to play with a computer, online, as well as with several players on one or more devices.

In my opinion, playing on one device is not very convenient, since it takes a lot of time to transfer the iPad from hand to hand. The advantage of the online game is the ability to run several games at the same time.

Consider the playing field. In the lower right corner is your icon and the number of remaining wagons, you will also see the points you have collected. Icons of other players are above the field.

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Each player is dealt cards: 4 trailers and 3 tasks. They are located below, to the left of your icon. These cards can not be seen by other players, because for them it must remain a mystery with seven seals.

Then each player chooses which cards to assign to him, the minimum number is two, but if there is a desire, you can take three cards. Each task performed can bring a different number of points, the length of the path and the complexity of the construction are important here. The card can cost 5 or as much as 20 points, you just have to decide which way to choose.

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You can click on each task card and, thus, highlight the blue color of the city you want to connect. If it does not suit you – another click, the cities will fade, and this card will not be selected. When you decide, press the “Done” button and proceed to the game.

The selected cities will be highlighted in green, you only need to think about the route that will connect them. You can go a short way or a longer one, depending on what purpose you are pursuing. Sometimes in your plans another player can interfere and spoil the given route. In this case, you will have to change it and go to the bypass.

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Next to your icon, as I mentioned, the number of your cars is displayed. 45 is the maximum amount that you can put on the field. When one of the players has less than three cars, you are warned about this, and you make your last move. After that, the game ends and scoring begins. In the same place below to the left of the icon are shown your 4 cards of cars, which were distributed to you from the very beginning. The number on the card indicates how many cars of this color are on your hands.

On the playing field you can notice the multicolored lines that connect the cities – these are the segments of the path that you will need to build. Each segment can consist of 1-8 wagons. I will give a simple example of how to build segments of a route. If you need to build a black segment consisting of 3 wagons, you must collect 3 black cards of the wagons. If for construction you do not have enough black cards, then you can take the locomotive. This card serves as a joker and can replace any color of the car.

For each move you need to perform one of three actions:

  • take the cards of the cars
  • put the cards of the cars on the playing field
  • take a job card

On the right, you see 5 open wagon cards and a pile beneath them. There are two options: either you take already opened cards, or rely on luck and get them from an undisclosed pile. For the course, you can take only 2 cards of cars, or one locomotive. If you take cards from an undisclosed pile, you may be caught by two locomotives.

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If you already have the right number of wagon cards, you can put them on the field. If the segment of the road is shown in gray, you can put cars of any identical color on it. For example, if the gray segment consists of 2 cars, you can put 2 black, 2 green or 2 red cards on it. If the segment of the path is yellow, then only yellow wagons can be placed on it. Two cities can be connected by one or two parallel segments. And it is still unknown who of the players will have time to occupy this single segment, because it is not clear which route your opponent has chosen.

Finally, you can select several more job cards. In the beginning you already took such cards, if suddenly it seemed to you a little, then during the game you can get more and more … and then build routes connecting the cities. The stack of tasks is above the opened cards of the cars. This time you can keep only one card, if the others do not suit you. But if you decide to take additional tasks, you can not cancel your decision and will have to keep at least one card in your hands.

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In doing these or those moves, you try to score the most points. They can be obtained in three ways:

  • put the cards of the cars on the playing field
  • complete job cards
  • build the longest path

For each segment of the road you build, you get points:

  • segment of 1 car – 1 point
  • segment of 2 cars – 2 points
  • segment of 3 cars – 4 points
  • Segment of 4 cars – 7 points
  • segment of 5 cars – 10 points
  • Segment of 6 cars – 15 points

When you perform the task, you get the points that are indicated on the card. If you do not, they are deducted from the amount you have collected. And there is another bonus: the card is the “longest way”, for it you get 10 points.

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Over time, you will have your own strategy, and you will feel how best to act in this or that situation. Moreover, it will be very easy to understand the peculiarities of other maps (Europe or Switzerland). I will only tell you that in European maps there are also tunnels and segments of the road, in the construction of which you will certainly need a locomotive. I can assure you that by starting to play Ticket to Ride, you will not be able to tear yourself away from it for several hours. Personally, I spent a lot of time behind this case. Additional cards on the iPad are:

  • Europe – 169 rubles
  • Switzerland – 129 rubles
  • Asia -129 rubles
  • Extensions for the US map – 33 rubles

The price is not small, and sales for this game are very rare. You can have one US card, but I tried every possible option. Believe me, this game is worth the money!