Faithful readers, co-workers, family members, and friends who know the Mincey folks will know of our many vices. It’s a long list starting with poker, moving rapidly to calculators, and ending with trains. Today you get a Ticket to Ride.
That’s right. Some brilliant soul decided to make an online train game. Sheldon Cooper probably plays Ticket to Ride. So doe all members of the Mincey plantation. It’s fast and fun and easy to get started if you don’t mind the Mac app’s price tag.
Ticket to Ride uses Alan R. Moon’s official maps with original artwork and full-screen support on your Mac.
What you get is an intriguing and colorful Mac game (also available on Windows, iPhone, iPad, web-based, Steam and Android) that can be played standalone or online. So many gamers play Ticket to Ride that new games start every few seconds. You can even solo play against the AI bot online.
Plus, you’re not limited to trains and routes in the U.S.
Ticket To Ride has additional maps for other countries, including but not limited to U.S. in the early 20th century, Asia, India, Europe, Switzerland, and Nordic countries (most of these are in-app purchase upgrades).
There is nothing to not like about an online train game.
There’s a built-in, interactive, turn-by-turn in-game tutorial to get you started. Master maps is the challenge but the Conductor’s Notes are contextual and easy to follow.
Here’s the way it works:
At the beginning of the main game, players are dealt four train car cards as their playing hand. They are also dealt three “destination ticket” cards, each of which shows a pair of cities on the map. These become goals, representing two end-points which players are secretly attempting to connect. The player must keep at least two of these destination cards and discard unwanted tickets to the bottom of the stack, if any. Once kept, a destination ticket may not be discarded for the rest of game. Each player also selects a group of 45 colored train pieces with a matching scoring marker.
From there you have options to claim any route on the board that hasn’t been claimed. The game ends when you have exhausted your colored train pieces.
Ticket to Ride is one of those clever games that’s fun and intriguing, and seldom are two games the same. New online games are started frequently so competitors vary.
While the maps are well done and interactive playing is great, this isn’t a game to rival a PC gamer system, Xbox, or even many iPhone games. But it’s everywhere. Ticket to Ride is even available on Kindle Fire. What’s missing is a try-before-you buy option to the App Store versions, but you can play online using a web browser. It’s not as complete, of course, but will give you an idea of how the game works.