Ticket to Ride online game
by The Beast!
(Boardgame Beast HQ)
Ticket to Ride Online
Days of Wonder
Number of players:
This online board game is a faithful conversion of the original. Kudos to Days of Wonder for this excellent effort.
The game and gameplay
The Ticket to Ride Online game is a superb experience. Fans of the original will be attracted by the faithful rendition and the ability to play solo, while new recruits signing in as guests have been won over and have become new customers for Days of Wonder. Everyone’s a winner.
The Ticket to Ride Online game follows the original’s setting of America, during the industrial revolution.
Each player draws objective cards at the beginning, which set cities they should attempt to connect: for example, Montreal to Vancouver. These long routes are completed by connecting the cities in-between. The various cities are linked by lines of coloured squares.
To attempt a connection, players draw cards from one of five face-up options, or blindly from the deck. Locomotives count as jokers and can represent any colour.To link two cities with a green track, for example, a player would need the correct number of green wagons, or one less wagon and a loco. If he can’t claim a track, the player can draw more wagon cards or new objective cards.
The challenge and strategy elements come from the scarcity of routes. Obviously, if somebody connects two cities you ‘need’ to complete an objective, you’re going to have to detour round to finish your goal.
Points are scored by making longer connections (the more wagons needed, the higher the score) and by achieving the original objectives. Any failed objectives count against you!
And that’s the essence of Ticket to Ride.
The online game: Pros and cons
The graphics look a bit basic by most computer game standards, but are a nice interpretation of the original board and pieces.
The server is pretty busy with players during peak gaming hours. The recent addition of a one-off membership fee to play online is smart marketing and opens up the game to many more potential players.
Not everybody is able to find enough people to play a boardgame with, which is the point of online board games.
And of course the old problems with online gaming persists. Players tend to get bored and ruin the game by leaving early (to be replaced with a bot) or are otherwise anti-social.
You’d better not be too slow or be in doubt about the rules, because newbies tend to get a bit of a rough ride from more experienced players in Ticket to Ride Online.
Game playing on the Internet is still a developing market, but this experience won’t disappoint you. Once you’re on top of things, you’ll really have fun here.
Whether or not it makes you go and buy the original will depend on you, but I was certainly intrigued by the online version of the game and wanted to find out more. From that point of view, Days of Wonder has been successful with Ticket to Ride Online.
Fairly simple to pick up and fun to play, you’ll enjoy the Ticket to Ride Online board game. Perhaps it will make you buy the original, if only to upgrade your guest status…