REVIEW: Ticket to Ride: First Journey from Days of Wonder

As a family, we love the original Ticket to Ride, so I was thrilled to be asked to review this version for younger players with my young testers. This is suitable for two to four players, ages 6+, and the children were pleased to have their own version of the adult game – one of my testers is almost 5, so we played as a pair initially but she soon picked up the rules and was telling me what to do! The rules are simple to understand and easy to set up; it’s relatively quick to play too – we found the children were able to concentrate fully throughout the span of the game, which took us 25 – 30 minutes. Players take plastic trains, train cards and ticket cards and the aim is to connect those two cities with a path of trains in order to complete the ticket. The rules are clearly explained on a double sided sheet with colour illustrations to show the process – really good to help children understand.

Ticket to Ride: First Journey is the perfect introduction to the Ticket to Ride series, which is hugely popular, and deservedly so. The aim of the game is for players collect train cards, claim routes on the map, and try to connect the cities shown on their tickets to achieve victory. The game board is a map of Europe with capital cities marked, so children will be picking up some geographical knowledge on the way – savvy parents will make sure they teach the names of the countries too. All the parts are well made and enjoyable to use. The game has been well thought-out to appeal to children and we found it really satisfying to play, with plenty of variety from one game to the next. A great game, highly recommended.

We were sent this lovely game as part of our membership of the Bloggers’ Board Game Club – we are really enjoying the opportunity to try out a range of games.

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