Ticket To Ride: Europe
Looking for an entertaining family game? Ticket to Ride: Europe is a great one to consider. From Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow, in this engrossing game you'll visit the great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe.
Players set out to claim train routes across the continent. The board features the European map and stretches across Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey . . . from brief travels across the Channel to extended journeys and everything in between.
The longer train routes carry more risk but earn more points (and it is very satisfying seeing your colour carriage dominate across the map). On the way players have to navigate tunnels, claim ferry routes and erect stations. More seasoned players (and those with beginners luck) can thwart opponents by claiming popular tracks and forcing everyone else to go the long way round.
This version of the classic Ticket To Ride (set in USA) has a few more features (tunnels, ferries and stations) than the original, but it keeps an appealing simplicity of play (it is quick to learn and simple to set up). It certainly deserves a similar level of fame to heavyweights like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit - but it won't take hours and hours to play.
2 - 5 players. 30 - 60 minutes play time.
Recommended for children aged 8 years +
Why they'll love itAppealing to train enthusiasts and anyone that loves a good board game to get stuck into.
From first opening the box to playing only took us 5 minutes, so it is a great choice for younger family members that might get lost after a few pages of 'how to play' instructions.
Simple but engaging. Easy for younger members of the family to pick up but entertaining enough to hook the teens and adults too.
Why you'll love itA great way to reinforce knowledge of European geography (and learn some new destinations).
This is a quality game that has the real feel of a modern classic. An engaging pursuit to return to time and time again.
A wise investment for the games cupboard. Ticket to Ride: Europe won the 2005 International Gamers Award.