Ticket To Ride Europe: Review

For our third and final part of the Asmodee Bloggers Board Game Club, we have been trying to get to grips with Ticket To Ride Europe from Days Of Wonder.

Ticket To Ride Contents

This game is designed for players aged 8+, a group of 2-5 players and can last between 30-60 minutes.

Contents;

  • 1 Map Board (of Europe)
  • 240 Coloured Trains (45 each in blue, red, green, yellow and black)
  • 15 Coloured Train Stations (3 each in blue, red, green, yellow and black)
  • 158 Illustrated Cards
    • 110 Train Cards; 12 of each colour plus 14 locomotives.
    • 46 Destination Ticket Cards; 6 Long Routes and 60 Regular Routes.
    • 1 European Express Bonus Card; for the longest continuous path
    • 1 Scoring Card
  • 5 Wooden Scoring Markers; 1 for each of the 5 players colours
  • 1 Rules Booklet

Object Of The Game

The overall object of the game is to be the player with the highest number of scoring points. Points can be scored by;

  • Claiming a route between two cities on the map
  • Successfully completing a path of routes between two cities listed on your destination tickets.
  • Completing the longest continuous path of routes to win the European Express Bonus Card.
  • Keeping hold of your 3 Train Stations and not using them.
Game Board

How To Play

Each player starts the game with a long destination card, 3 short route cards, 4 coloured locomotive cards and your corresponding player colour train cars and train stations.

During your turn you can complete 1 of 4 actions;

  • Pick 3 route cards (picking 3 and keeping at least 1)
  • Build a route (from your hand of route cards). You do this by playing a corresponding number of coloured train cards and then put your coloured train cars on the map.
  • Pick up 2 coloured train cards.
  • Build a station. A station can be built in any city that does not have one. To do so, the player plays one train card of any colour and places the station in that city. To build a second station 2 train cards must be played, then 3 train cards for a third station.
Ticket To Ride

The game will end when a players stock of coloured trains gets down to 2 trains of less. From here scores will be added up to then declare a winner.

Verdict

We really found this game difficult to get our head around, it’s absolutely mind-boggling and confusing. So, unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get full a game completed as we were constantly questioning ourselves and to if we were playing the game correctly and in the end we found ourselves really struggling to understand the game.

It seems that there are many different ways that a players go can be played during different stages of the game. Not to mention the instruction manual is so lengthy and confusing.

From doing some later research it turns out that we perhaps should have played the earlier version of the game, Ticket To Ride. This way we could have had a chance to get our heads around the basics of the game before adding in the equation of tunnels, ferries and stations.

As for the age recommendation of this game (aged 8 years +) I personally wouldn’t recommend this game for a child younger than 12. My son, aged 9 (nearly 10) couldn’t absorb the game at all, it was just too confusing and as he put it “messy” for him to play.

If you are at all interested in this game I fully recommend trying out the original version of the game Ticket To Ride first before attempting this version.

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** We were gifted Ticket To Ride Europe in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links which means if you purchase something via my blog I will receive a small commission.

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