Choo Choo! Train coming through the reviews. You are seeing this correctly, we are reviewing Ticket to Ride Europe today!
Ticket to Ride is a game where you'll be placing a lot of little train carts. The board consists of various cities in Europe with connections between them. At the start of the game, you'll get 3 normal destination cards and a large one. On those cards, you'll see between what cities you need to make a connection. The more points a card is worth the further the destination. At the start of the game, you get to choose what destination cards you keep. Usually, you'll want to get cards that are close together and get rid of the ones that aren't. If you don't complete a destination card, you'll lose points at the end of the game.
Your hand will consist of various colorful train cart cards. Whenever you want to place a train cart on the board, you'll have to pay the number of cards equal to the number of train carts you want to place. A connection between cities can be a colored one or a non-colored one. if it's a colored one, you need to pay it with cards of the same color. If it's non-colored, you can pay with any color as long as it's all the same. Completing a connection will give you points right away.
Then there are also two other types of connections. You have the ferries and the tunnels. Ferries force you to pay some connection tiles with locomotive cards. The tunnels force you to grab the top three cards of the draw pile. If any of your connections color is drawn, you'll have to pay more cards. If you can't, then you can't finish the connection and you take your cards back.
Your turns consist of drawing train cart cards, playing cards to create connections and drawing new destination cards to gain even more points. The last turn begins when a player has less than three train carts left.
Ticket to Ride Europe is a very fun game that is easy to understand and easy to play. The game can be played with 2-5 players. We like playing it with 2 players, but we feel like the board is just too big for 2 players. The game is most fun when you have to be quick with laying down connections before other players steal the best connections between cities. With 2 players this isn't really possible, because you are often playing away from each other and rarely meet each other on the board. Other than that, the game is very fun to play with 3-5 players. The board is perfect for that player count. All materials are top quality, the miniatures really add a lot to the feel of the game. The game also has a lot of expansions that will add new boards/mechanics to the game.
Along with the fact that the game is just good quality, there are also different strategies that you can use in the game. Larger connections give you more points, so making a detour to your destination might benefit you more in the end, but leaves you with less train carts to use.
Should you get it?
It depends a bit. If you will only be playing this with 2 players, see if you can try it out somewhere first and see how you like it. If you have a group of people and are able to consistently play with 3-5 players, then yes this game is definitely worth it. With 2 players you might be better of playing one of the smaller standalone games like New York or the expansion India which is designed for 2-4 players, but it includes a map that's designed for 2-3 players.
Ticket to Ride is a game that reaches our table a lot for 3-5 players. It's a game that feels perfectly balanced and a lot of fun for 3-5 players. The quality of the game is really good and really helps with the whole feel of the game. Unfortunately, the base game doesn't feel that great with just 2 players.
What I love about ticket to ride is the feel of the game. You get to put multiple colorful train wagons on a just as colorful map. It's an easy game to learn and also quite easy to win even for a beginner is he or she pays attention. Watch out though...
It might just ruin your relationship when your opponent takes away the rail you need to win.
Info on the box and other numbers
Ticket to Ride Europe is published in 2004 by Days of Wonder.
The game can be played with 2-5 players and takes between 30 and 60 minutes according to the box. We usually spend 45 a game, so the box isn't wrong.
Ticket to Ride Europe is the second installment of the series. The first one was located in America. America is also a base game, just like the Nordic Countries.
There are 14 other expansions at this time. We expect this number to keep growing the coming years.
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