What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ticket to Ride is an adaptation of the board game with options to play online and purchase more maps. Players collect trains of various colors, which they then use to connect points on a map, such as Houston to Chicago. When one player runs out of trains, points are allocated based on the success and length of the connections. The standard U.S. map is included; Europe and other maps are available for purchase. Players are encouraged to play online against strangers (with open chat) or with Game Center friends. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Also, all characters in the game appear to be white, so the game doesn't offer diverse role models.
What kids can learn
- global awareness
- board games
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- achieving goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids who enjoyed the board game will like playing it on the iPad. Newcomers may be less enthralled. Trying to outsmart other players is the best part, so online play is the most satisfying.
Kids can learn to apply their math skills to strategic choices about the best way to connect cities on a historical U.S. map, and they can learn about the railroad expansion by becoming train barons, all through trial and error.
There is a five-minute starter video, plus an interactive tutorial. Players are encouraged to play online with friends or strangers, with unmoderated chat. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center social network.
What's it about?
Kids start with a certain number of wagons and two cities to connect using the wagons. Through their turns, kids collect trains of various colors, which they can lay on tracks of the matching colors. Through a variety of short and long routes, these tracks connect cities on a map. On each turn, kids choose whether to get a new ticket with two destinations to connect, get more trains, or lay down tracks. When a player runs out of trains, points are allocated based on the success and length of each player's railroad connections.
Is it any good?
Kids who enjoyed the board game TICKET TO RIDE will like playing it on the iPad, which speeds play and scoring. Newcomers may be less enthralled. The rules are complicated but the objective is relatively simple, so the challenge and interest comes mostly from trying to outsmart other players. This makes the frequent encouragement to play online and/or buy additional maps hard to resist.
Families can talk about...
Pass-and-Play against your child and share aloud your reasoning and decision-making process on each turn, to help kids consider their own play.
Track their scores in the Hall of Fame, and challenge them to set a goal score.
Learn more about the cities on the map with a neat app like U.S. Geography by Discovery Education.