Ticket to Ride: UK

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Thin map expansion not very large, runs slightly off rails.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Winning takes thought, planning multiple steps in advance.

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Consumerism

It's easy to play for free, but real fun requires additional map purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ticket to Ride: UK is an expansion of free-to-play turn-based strategy game Ticket to Ride. The expansion consists of one new map (of Great Britain) and a handful of Technology cards that alter the base gameplay rules. Players must install the base game to play it, and if they want to experience any other maps or game elements, they'll have to pay for expansions. The map can be played solo or multiplayer (locally on one tablet or two and online), and players can communicate via in-game chat. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. The easy-to-read privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared. To read the privacy policy in full, visit the official Asmodee Digital website.

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What's it about?

TICKET TO RIDE: UK takes the original game to Merry Old England and changes gameplay with new Technology cards. These new cards provide a new layer of strategy, as players often can't lay track without first buying the appropriate Technology card for that route. Technology cards are purchased with colored train cards, thus forcing players to choose between spending their cards on easier, non-Tech-dependent routes or higher-value Tech-related ones. Players must also purchase regional permits when building tracks leading toward neighboring countries.

Is it any good?

Though $4.99 isn't much to spend on an expansion, it seems like a lot when you consider how little it changes the basic gameplay. The UK map, while providing a fresh network of possible routes to dominate, doesn't change things up enough to make things feel significantly different from the base game. Sure, it takes some finesse to decide when or if to spend your train cards on Technology, but one more layer of choice just isn't enough to justify asking players to pay so much more. (For reference, other map expansions range from $.99 to $1.99.) As with the free-to-play base game, Ticket to Ride: UK more or less requires you to buy additional maps; it's just not enough on its own.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about game expansions. What makes an expansion worth buying?

  • Discuss how strategy games improve logical thinking. How does planning your moves multiple steps ahead make you a better player? Can you use this in real life?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: 4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
  • Release date: June 15, 2013
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Topics: Trains
  • Size: 428.00 MB
  • Publisher: Asmodee Digital
  • Version: 2.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up

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