I downloaded the Ticket to Ride game app so I could play it on a camping trip in the Mojave National Preserve with my husband this past weekend. Before I left I confirmed that I could play the game while being offline.
Sunday morning in the Mojave we poured ourselves some orange juice and played the Ticket to Ride app. At first we had trouble figuring out how to get the game going. We know how to play the board game and we’ve read the directions, but no matter what we touched on the screen, nothing was happening. Then we realized we needed to select 2 routes and then touch “done.” The routes are the white cards at the bottom of the screen. From that point on it’s pretty intuitive and exactly like the board game.
In the “Pass and Play” mode of Ticket to Ride, there is a lot of mystery as to what the other player is up to. You can’t tell if they’ve drawn more routes and you can’t see what color trains they’re drawing. The only insight you have into your opponents play is where they’re placing trains and how many cars they have left.
If you don’t know how to play, the “Solo” mode has very clear directions and there is also a video in that mode you can watch to learn how to play. I found this mode annoying because I just wanted to play the game rather than see tips at every turn. I tried finding the settings to turn off the tips but there didn’t seem to be a place for that.
Overall, I love this game. It would be more fun playing locally (where everyone is on the same network or within bluetooth proximity) rather than pass and play. This is a fun game.
UPDATE: I downloaded Ticket to Ride Pocket so my husband and I could play on bluetooth. He was on the iPad and I was on the iPhone. It was sooo much more fun than the pass and play mode. Yes, the phone is tiny for so much info, but surprisingly it’s totally playable. Highly recommended.