Ticket to Ride (video game)

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Ticket to Ride
Tickettoride logo.jpg
Developer(s) Next Level Games (XBLA)[1]

Days of Wonder (PC, MAC & IOS)

Publisher(s) Playful Entertainment, Inc. (XBLA)

Days of Wonder (PC, MAC & IOS)

Platform(s) Xbox 360 (XBLA), Microsoft Windows, IOS, OS X, Linux, Android

Windows

Mac OS

iOS

Release date(s) June 25, 2008 (XBLA)[2]
May 18, 2011 (IOS)
May 24, 2012 (PC, OS X)
October 15, 2013 (Linux, Android)
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution Download

Ticket to Ride is the Xbox Live Arcade version of Alan R. Moon's German-style board game of the same name, developed by Next Level Games and published by Playful Entertainment, Inc. The title was released on June 25, 2008.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay screenshot.

Gameplay is identical to the board game: there are two types of cards, colored train cars representing a type of cargo (e.g. black represents coal cars), and destination cards which feature two city destinations (e.g. Chicago to Miami). Each player is dealt three destination cards, and must choose at least two of them. They are also dealt six train cards.

Players may draw train cards, a new destination card, or claim a colored route on their turn. To claim a route, a player must pay with a combination of same-colored cards including locomotives which serve as wild cards. Once a route is claimed, no other player may claim it; some routes feature double routes which allow up to two players to claim it, but only if four or five players are playing. In two or three-player games, the double routes can only be claimed by one person. The players immediately earn points for each successful route they claim. At the end of the game, players earn the points listed on the destination card. If a player decides to pick a new destination card, he draws three cards and may choose any of the cards; however, the player must pick at least one destination.

The game ends when at least one of the players has expended their trains. Players are given bonuses for completed destinations, and penalized for unrealized destinations. The player with the longest contiguous route earns an additional bonus.

Multiplayer[edit]

Ticket to Ride supports play with up to five people on Xbox Live or four people on the same console, and supports the Xbox Live Vision cam.[3]

It also supports Steam.[4]

Downloadable content[edit]

The Europe map was released for download on August 1, 2008 for Xbox Live Arcade and on May 24, 2012 for $4.99 on PC and Mac.[5] The Europe map includes two new types of route in addition to a new map: 'Ferry' routes, which require 'Locomotive' cards to be played when claiming them, and 'Tunnel' routes, which add an element of risk and chance to the game.

The 1910 USA map was released on September 17, 2008 on Xbox Live Arcade and on May 24, 2012 for PC and Mac.[6] It added 35 new destination tickets, the Globetrotter bonus card (for completing the most routes), and a large map.

The Legendary Asia map from the Map Collection 1 expansion was released on August 2, 2012 for PC and Mac.

The Switzerland map was released on May 24, 2012 for PC and Mac.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 69%[8]
Metacritic 68%[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 7/10
IGN 6.5/10
Official Xbox Magazine 7/10
TeamXbox 7.9/10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ OFLC Watch - Ticket To Ride, Crazy Mouse, and Darwinia+ rated from XBLAH!
  2. ^ a b Happy Tree Friends False Alarm and Ticket to Ride - This Week - XBLA from GamerScoreBlog.com
  3. ^ "Ticket to Ride Headed to XBLA". GamerScoreBlog. May 12, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Days of Wonder online". daysofwonder.com. Retrieved 2013-02-28. "Days of Wonder board games are distributed in 30 countries and their digital versions are available on iOS, as well as on Steam and Days of Wonder's web site." 
  5. ^ Larry Hryb (2008-08-01). "DLC: Ticket to Ride Europe". Microsoft. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Domino Master, Feeding Frenzy 2 and Content for Ticket to Ride Coming to XBLA on Wednesday!". Gamerscore Blog. 2008-09-15. 
  7. ^ Ticket to Ride (xbox360: 2008): Reviews from Metacritic
  8. ^ Ticket to Ride - X360 from Gamerankings

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