Ticket to Ride
Days of Wonder
Reviewed by David Savage
Ticket to Ride: Days of Wonder is a Cross-Country Train Adventure board game where players have to claim railway routes across North America to link up cities. For 2-5 players aged 8+.
1 Large Game Board (6 Panels), 240 Coloured Trains, 5 Wooden Scoring Markers, 110 Train Car Cards, 30 Destination Tickets, 1 Summary Card, 1 Rules Booklet
Setting up is quick and easy. Place the large game board of the floor or table. Each player takes a pack of 45 train pieces (blue, black, green, red or yellow) along with a matching colour scoring marker. Place your markers on the number 1 position on the numbered squares around the edge of the board. Shuffle the train cards and deal 4 cards to each player, place the remaining pack next to the board and turn the top five cards face up. Place the Longest Path Bonus Card face up next to the board. Shuffle the destination ticket cards and deal 3 to each player (players can look at the cards and decide which 2 to keep or they can keep all 3). You are now ready for the fun to begin.
Player 1 starts by drawing 2 Train Car cards, claiming a route by playing a set of Train Car cards that match the colour and length of a route and placing trains on the relevant spaces on the board or drawing 3 Destination Ticket cards and must keep at least one. When a player claims a route their scoring marker is moved the relevant number of spaces around the scoring track around the edge of the board. The player with the most number of points at the end (when 1 players stock of trains is down to less than 2) is the winner.
Easy to setup but does take a few reading of the rules to understand how to play properly. I first played with my 2 nieces, ages 11 and 13, but they didn’t seem to like it but then played with friends and we all found it enjoyable, so may be suited for older teenagers and adults. Once the rules are understood it is easy to play by collecting cards and claiming routes and the longer the route the more points you earn. If you complete you route on your Destination Ticket(s) you get more points.
Game play can last up to an hour and is very entertaining and addictive as you do need to use your brain a little bit. You can even register your boardgame online to play online, new maps and more.
With an RRP of £39.99 (although can be found cheaper online) I found it slightly on the expensive side but you do get a lot for your money and the entertainment value you will get from it is worth it.
After playing a few times I love it and I’m sure you, your friends and family will love it too. Would make an ideal Christmas present.
Available to buy from Amazon here.