Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

Fall 2004 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Days of Wonder
Price: $39.95
In this cross-country train adventure, players travel by rail on a beautifully laid-out game board map that shows train routes connecting major cities in the United States and Southern Canada. Players draw cards, attempting to collect enough of the same color "tracks" to "claim" any route of a matching color. Placing one's miniature colored train playing pieces on the tracks establishes one's ownership of the route. Points are scored in three ways: by claiming individual routes, completing a path of routes between two more distant cities that match a "destination card," and completing the longest continuous path of routes.

The rules are long, but so logical and well-explained that you won't have to keep referring to the instructions during play. Our testers reported that 10 would be a better starting age for independent play. Younger players needed to play with adults, which is fine because this game is equally appealing to them.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2004 Parents' Choice

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