Review: Ticket to Ride iPad App

“Ticket to Ride” by Days of Wonder

Ticket to ride is published by the same company that publishes Small World, so I’m not that surprised by the fact that they released an iPad app for this game as well.  I have played both the table top version of the game (construct consists of a game board, miniatures and cards) and the iPad version of the game and wanted to write a review for the app like I did for the Small World app a couple of weeks ago.  Ticket to Ride also gives you the option to play online from your Mac or to download the game from Steam.

I am really impressed with this app! Far more impressed than I was with the Small World app! Luckily, that review has already gone out. 🙂 In fact, this app is so good, it kinda makes the Small World app look… well, to be blunt, shitty. The Small World App was very limited, but still enjoyable to noobs. Ticket to Ride is the full experience of the board game, minus the pesky counting and setup and it’s FAR cheaper than the table top version. On Amazon, the table top version of the game is going for around $37, whereas the app was only $5 or $6.

This app has the option to play by yourself with 2-4 bot players. I would suggest this mode if you’re new to the game and still need to learn the system. That won’t take long as Ticket to Ride is simpler to understand than Monopoly. The app has a full gameplay tutorial that walks you through your first game entirely. If you want to play with friends, you can pass the iPad around from turn to turn. I will include a video of  Wil Wheaton’s web-show, “Table Top,” at the bottom of this post so you can watch him and some other nerdy friends demonstrate how the game is played, should you be interested and have 30 or so minutes to kill. The game is a blast and is simple enough to understand for people to play with their kids. In fact, if you’re attempting to raise a nerd, this could be a great infection vector!

This is the official trailer for “Ticket to Ride”


This app has the option to play online against up to 4 other players in both ranked and casual settings. This makes the experience of playing the online game or app version almost as good as playing the table top version! The only reason it gets an “almost” is because with my table top game, my homies are the people I’m playing with, not random strangers across the globe. The mechanic is amazing, however, and I commend Days of Wonder for doing things this way.

Just like most other table top games, expansions to the base set are released every now and again to keep the gameplay experience fresh. Small World included 2 of 8 expansions in their digital format for an additional $1.99 each. Ticket to Ride includes 3 of 11 expansions in the digital format, with prices varying from $0.99 to $4.99. I have not yet purchased any of these expansions, but I plan to and will review them in a later post.

Get this game!  Had I downloaded this app before Small World, I would have thought the Small World App was a joke. Seriously! Get this! It’s a blast! Also, if you play a 4 player game against the computer, the amount of time it takes is the perfect amount of time it takes to have a bowel movement… if you’re smelling what I’m stepping in. 🙂

Purchase “Ticket to Ride”:  Table Top Game | iPad App | Other Versions


About Alloy Matt

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Posted on June 29, 2012, in Apple, Board, Games, Gaming, Geek, iOS Apps, iPad, Mobile App, Nerd, Reviews, Ticket to Ride, Video, Youtube and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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