Monday, 5 October 2015

Ticket to Ride Review and Competition

This is my most favourite board game at the moment, I was introduced to it through hubbie’s cousin when we were in Southampton and have been planning on buying it ever since.  To be honest when he initially brought out the box I rolled my eyes wondering what type of game this would be, but I am glad I gave it a chance as it really is a brilliant game.  Fortunately I had an opportunity to review and also share a competition for one of you to win a copy, so the winner will soon understand why I am so hooked!

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Since it arrived we have played it every day, my mum and eldest (who is 8) got the hang of it quite well.  Once you have played it a couple times it becomes second nature and its worth hanging in there if you are a bit lost as once the instructions click and you get the concept of the game your off on an exciting train journey round the board.


It’s quite strategic, you can attempt to block the other players if you have some idea where they are heading too.  But I tend to focus on my own destinations as they take all my concentration, as you get more skilled at the game though you do feel slightly more confident to take on extra tickets to try and get additional points or begin to second guess which path other players might be taking and try and complicate matters for them!

Although there is a danger that you can be over ambitious and attempt too much, either running out of carriages or having your path unintentionally blocked by other players.  It’s quite frustrating when you’re so close and have your eyes on the destination finish and suddenly BAM someone places their track and you are faced with a long and lonely detour to try and get there again!  Especially if it means collecting lots of coloured cards that you have none of it at the moment, your hoping lady luck shines on you then when taking cards from the pack.

It’s a very addictive game; you really do get stuck into it once you have grasped the rules of play.  Now my eight year old has played it a few times his score has increased, as he has got more skilled at playing.  I can see soon I will have a worthy rival, my dad on the other hand bless him understands the idea of the game but always miscalculates how many trains he needs to claim the route!!!

Ticket to Ride retails at £32.99 but if you shop around you can make some savings, its available on Amazon currently for £26.76, definitely one worth adding to the Christmas list for older children or family members (my mum is a big fan!).  We had the USA map but you can buy lots of different editions on the Days to Wonder website.  There is a United Kingdom expansion due in November that I will be reviewing in due course.

But for now I will leave you with the competition for Ticket to Ride base game.  If you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 27th of October.

Win a Ticket to Ride Game

94 comments:

  1. This sounds great - not only a fun game to play but an educational one too! Thank you x

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  2. not played the game before but it looks fun

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  3. Sounds fun, thanks for the opportunity!

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  4. would be lovely to play as a family

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  5. This looks such a great game, we love boardgames with a bit of strategy to them.

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  6. Never heard of this game. Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

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  7. Looks like an interesting game - I'd love to try it out

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  8. A friend of mine has a copy of this game -- it's easily one of the best board games out there.

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  9. Wow, big board!

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  10. I've never seen or heard of this game before but it looks so good, definitely something my son would enjoy!

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  11. I've never heard of this but I like the sound of it.

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  12. This looks like fun, something we would have to actually sit down and work out rather than it being over in 5 minutes!

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  13. This looks fantastic and unique!

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  14. haven't seen this before, we love playing games so this would be awesome!!

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  15. Great review, looks like a fabulous game, one for all the family.

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  16. Great giveaway - just the sort of game my family love to play

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  17. ooo we have a games night every couple of weeks so would love to give this a try x

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  18. I would like a game to play at Christmas, a break from watching the telly - so this sounds ideal!

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  19. Looks like such a great game thank you x

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  20. That looks a great and fun game, I have never seen it before. Would be perfect for our sunday games night

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  21. Great looking game, I'd not even heard of it! Sounds like it could be frustrating though!

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  22. looks a good game for our family

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  23. oooo i would say my children would like this but i think my Husband would more :)

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  24. education while playing, fantastic idea x

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  25. This looks a great game, I have never heard of it before. We are always looking for new games to play

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  26. My husband and sons would enjoy this type of game, it looks far too complex for me and my daughter!!!

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  27. thanks for a great giveaway!

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  28. not see this game before but looks really good

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  29. I love this game! Would make a great present for my nerdy boyfriend :)

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  30. I have played this game before and it is awesome, would love to win my own copy :)

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  31. this looks a very interesting and novel game

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  32. This looks a great prize.

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  33. Lovely competition, thanks. Have the app of this game too, so fun!

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  34. looks like great fun, never heard it before reading this!

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  35. Never heard of this until now, looks great fun, and huge!

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  36. We love board games and when our grandchildren visit they always want to play,I love that with board games the whole family can engage,this one may just be a little to grown up for them but we can have a bash and if we struggle then we try again a few months down the line (no pun intended x)

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  37. This is a great competition :) Thanks for running it! Love to encourage kids to have a technology break!

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  38. Interesting and different game for everyone to play

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  39. Looks quite challenging, bet my 8 year old grandson would enjoy playing it

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  40. Looks like an interesting game

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  41. Huge board, something interesting and different.

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  42. Never seen this - looks entertaining and something a bit different.
    Victoria B

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  43. Looks really good....Thanks

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  44. I've played the iPad version and it's great fun so would love the board game version to play with the whole family. Lovely giveaway - thank you :)

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  45. Thanks for the giveaway and your wonderful blog

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  46. Thank you for the giveaway - I have seen this played before and it looks fab x

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  47. this is a great game for the whole family, my nephew has it, and is really really good at it, he still has to learn to be a good looser!!!!!!!!

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  48. Looks a complicated board, but would give it a go! (Not after a few wines at Christmas though!) @PeanutHog

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  49. It looks similar to a random game that's in a house we stay at on holiday - my eldest loves it so would be great to win!

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  50. Looks a great family fun game and as an extra bonus gives the children map skills

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  51. this sounds like a fab game! Not one I've come across before

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  52. This looks a great game and educational too

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  53. Great idea for my nephews christmas present thank you !!

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  54. We are always looking for new games to play together - this could be great!

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  55. This looks lots of fun - a great game to play when the whole family is around at Christmas.

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  56. looks like a fun game for the family to play thanks for hosting another great giveaway

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  57. I'd love to give this a try, great comp and thanks for the chance x

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  58. This would be ideal to keep my grandchildren occupied when they visit.

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  59. Always love a new game to play! Looks like fun!

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  60. This looks great, fab prize x

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  61. Would love to play this with the family, looks great fun

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  62. Nice, been after this for a while.

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  63. Fab giveaway - thank you :) x

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  64. Wow my son would love this, trains are his special interest

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  65. Great prize - looks like fun!

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