We are really enjoying being part of the Asmodee Blogger Board Game Club. We have played with some really fun family games recently. Rory’s Story Cubes and Bananagrams were a massive hit and last week we enjoyed playing Ticket To Ride Europe.
Ticket To Ride Europe Age 8+
When I first opened the box, I was amazed at just how big this game is. The game board is twice the size of any other game that we have played recently. The game is for 2 – 5 players and there is a massive array of pieces included in the box. I was so thankful that I didn’t have to pop the pieces out from a plastic sheet because there are so many bits! However, the box has an organiser inside that keeps everything in colour order and has spaces for all of the game cards, tokens and carriages.
At first glimpse, the instructions seem a lot to take in. We found it really was best to play the game and learn as you go, especially with younger ones. The aim of the game is to get as many points as you can, and there are several ways to get points. You start off with four destination tickets which you can add to at any point in the game. You then try to build trains to complete these routes.
Points are scored for each train you manage to build, the bigger the train, the more points available. There are also bonus points for the longest continuous train. You also have the option to build up to three train stations. These allow you to utilise other players trains to complete your destination tickets.
On each turn, you have the option to either claim a route, draw more train cards (which you need to claim routes), build a train station or draw more destination tickets. Be careful though because any destination tickets you have not managed to complete at the end of the game results in a penalty.
The train cards are available in a variety of colours. You need to collect multiple train cards of the same colour in order to claim a route. A route that is four red spaces requires you to have four red train cards to claim and so on. Locomotives are also included in the train cards. You need these for claiming ferry routes but they also can be used as a train card of any colour.
Gameplay ends when one player gets down to two train carriages or less. At this point, you can calculate the scores.
It really is nowhere near as daunting as it sounds and we had great fun playing.
Available at Amazon.
*We were sent this product for review as part of the Asmodee blogger board game club. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest.*