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Review: Ticket To Ride (arcade)
Posted 13 July 2008 - 05:48 PM
Ticket to Ride
All aboard for your Ticket to Ride
Ticket to ride is a cross country train adventure, adding to the ever growing number of board games finding there way on to Xbox live arcade taken from yet another board game.
Ticket to Ride is set out on the map of North America during the railway boom era, and it pretty simple to pick up after a few goes on the helpful tutorial. You will be able to pit your wits against the AI or even take your skill on to live and take on 4 other gamers, the objective of the game is straight forward. Claim as much train track as you can to rack up the most points.
Before you can start building your empire of train tracks you will need to select 2 destination tickets from the 3 handed to you at the beginning of the game, they have to the cites named on them that you need to make your train track connect to, they also give you the total points you will receive for reaching the destination, some of the destinations are closer to one another than others which will determine the points you receive, the greater the distance the greater the points, on a negative side if you don’t complete your destinations then you will have points taken away from you once the game is over.
The tracks which you are trying to claim come in a variety of colours which you must you must use the matching coloured cards that you have collected, there is also grey tracks which in turn can be claimed by any colour cards you so wish to, you also have a wild card that can be used on any colour tracks.
When you do have your go you have a choice of 3 things you can do, 1st you can go claim track if you have enough of the coloured cards, 2nd select more 2 more cards if you are stocking up on them to take a long track and 3rd you can select another destination card,
Online there is ranked and unranked matches that you can take part in, it has to be said this game is more fun playing against other people as you get a bit more satisfaction from blocking or taking someone track there trying to claim, and to make things move along on quicker on live you have a certain amount of time to take your move.
If you are looking for a visually great looking game well this will not be it, it is a simple lay out of a board game with brightly marked tracks in there multi colours, but where it is not great visually then it makes it up in game play it is a great game to have you thinking of your strategy, there is no great sound to this game but as you expect from a train game you get the noises of steam trains whistling past you, iron railway tracks being constructed
The only thing that is a let down is that there is only one map to play on, which could make this a game that you might only play for a short while due to lack of alterative maps. But don’t let this put you off, if your a board game fan this one is right up your street or looking for something different to spend your M$ points then give it a go. You might just find yourself being the next railway king of the wild wild west .
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