I’m part of the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club and recently I was gifted the ‘Ticket to Ride – Europe‘ strategy board game in exchange for an honest review. In case you’re not aware, Asmodee UK is an established distributor of games, collectables and toys – both domestically and across Europe.
When the opportunity came about to be part of the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club (organised by Playtime PR) I jumped at the chance! I was given the chance to select 3 board games from a huge list they supplied me with and then fingers crossed I would get my choices sent to me. Guess what, I did! I received ‘Hey, That’s My Fish!‘ (Click here to read the review) , Ticket to Ride – Europe and Jungle Speed (Review coming soon).
The Asmodee website description for the ‘Ticket to Ride – Europe‘ board game is as follows :
“Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure. Players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfil their Destination tickets by connecting two distant cities and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway. So climb aboard for some railroading fun and adventure. You’ve got a Ticket to Ride!”
The game is aimed at 8 yrs+ and you can have 2 – 5 players. My daughter is nearly 10 years old so ‘potentially’ this will be the perfect family game for us to play…..I say potentially because unfortunately we haven’t yet played it! We’ve sat down at least 3 times to give this game a whirl but we just don’t seem to be able to get our head around the instructions yet. I think this is definitely just because this kind of long-play strategy game is new to us and we need to really focus on understanding and learning the rules and game play instructions.
I’ve read so many rave reviews of this game and everyone says it is a really simple game to play so I’m positive that we just need to spend a little longer watching videos and then it will all finally click into place and then this’ll soon become a new family favourite board game. Also, when I spoke to one of my friends recently she told me that she has played this game at a friend’s house before so she’s promised to come over one day to teach us,,,,,yay! I really can’t wait…..the board game box keeps tempting us to play but as we can’t quite get our heads around the rules we’ve just ended up shying away from starting to play. When my friend is round we’ll be much more confident and I promise we’ll give the game a good go!
According to the ‘365games.co.uk’ website the game play for ‘Ticket to Ride – Europe’ is approx 30 to 60 minutes. So it’s a decent length game that will pass a bit of time of a miserable, rainy afternoon and perfect for playing on Boxing Day! Boxing Day wouldn’t be the same without a good board game to play with family!
The game is beautifully packaged with a full colour rules booklet, full colour illustrated extra large game board with a variety of European train routes, 225 coloured train cars, 158 illustrated cards, 15 stations and 5 wooden scoring markers All of the pieces fit really well into the box which is always a bonus and everything is superb quality!
As I’ve mentioned, I’m not yet entirely certain on exactly ‘how’ to play the game but I’ve just now found this YouTube video that may help us all. I did watch lots of videos before writing up this review but none of them explained enough for us to ‘get it’ completely. Hopefully these ones I’ve just found from ‘BoardGameQuickStart.com‘ will help both me and you understand how to play the game. 🙂 I bet once I understand the ins and the outs of the game I’m going to kick myself for not grasping it sooner.
As you can see, the game really does look like it will be a lot of fun to play and we look forward to giving it a go soon. Once I have played it properly I will update this review to let you all know how we got on playing it. Once you’re confident in the game play of this game you can even buy expansion packs of tickets/destinations and new boards! One of the newest versions of the ‘Ticket to Ride‘ series of games to be launched is……’Ticket to Ride -London‘ which will be released in late July but it can be pre-ordered now. Exciting!
My Mum is especially looking forward to playing the game (you can see her and my daughter in the photo above). When I showed it to her she said that seeing the beautiful box and board and opening it for the first time gave her the same sense of excitement that she had when she first saw and played Monopoly – which she loves!
One thing we do know already is that you need a decent size table to play this game on but if you don’t have one big enough, then the floor will be ideal. It’s a big playing board and there are lots of plastic trains and cards that are used in the game play so you need plenty of room to spread things out.
The price of ‘Ticket to Ride – Europe‘ varies from retailer to retailer however you can currently purchase it at www.365games.co.uk for £29.99. The link to buy it from them is here >> www.365games.co.uk/party-and-family-board-games/ticket-to-ride-europe-board-game. As is always the way, you may be able to find it cheaper elsewhere but you’d need to do some googling to find out the best price.
As I stated earlier on in this review, I was gifted the ‘Ticket -to Ride – Europe’ board game as part of the Asmodee UK Blogger Board Game Club but this was in return for me sharing with you all my honest thoughts about the game.
The next game I will be reviewing is ‘Jungle Speed – 2018 version‘ and I look forward to letting you all know how get on playing it. The review will be live soon.
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