Thursday, 9 March 2017

Ticket to Ride - First Journey


With another year gone by, our kids have grown to the next stage where they appreciate playing board games with us more, and will actually try to learn the rules without breaking some (although they are still tempted to!)! We reviewed Ticket to Ride - First Journey sent to us by Esdevium Games over the weekend, and although it took a little bit longer to explain to Clay a couple of the rules, we really enjoyed playing the game, and we've actually completed it!

I think for younger children like Clay, the play time for Ticket to Ride - First Journey is perfect, but for me and Abby, it was a bit short and we both ran out of trains! We all loved the game and will play again this weekend, and we think that it's definitely a range worth looking into.


Ticket to Ride First Journey, Board Game for young children, Train game

Ticket to Ride First Journey, Board Game for young children, Train game

Ticket to Ride - First Journey (suitable for age 6+, require 2 to 4 players, price around £25) comes with a game board, 80 plastic trains (20 of each colour) plus spares, 72 Train cards, 32 Ticket cards, 4 Coast-to-coast bonus ticket cards, 1 golden ticket and an instruction sheet.


Ticket to Ride First Journey, Board Game for young children, Train game

Ticket to Ride First Journey, Board Game for young children, Train game

Ticket to Ride First Journey, Board Game for young children, Train game

The aim of the game is to be the first person to complete 6 train journeys (indicated by your Ticket cards), using the 20 train pieces you have. Each journey are made of at least 1 route, and players have to claim a route by covering it with their trains.

To place their trains on a route, players will have to have the correct number of the same colour Train cards that matches the route's colour.

For example, the route from Salt Lake City (the game is based on the US map) to Denver takes 2 black or 2 blue Train cards, and to claim 1 of the route, you will have to play either 2 black or 2 blue Train cards on a single turn.

The winner will get the Golden Ticket.

This is how our board looked like last weekend:

Ticket to Ride First Journey, Board Game for young children, Train game

We had to pause the game for lunch, and it's been a while since we last said:" No one touches anything!" for a game, because we were that into it!

The gameplay is fairly easy, and Clay has managed to complete a couple of his Journeys too, although judging which route is shorter took him some time to figure out. It's also a bit harder for him to work on 2 Journeys at the same time.

The game is easier for me and Abby, but we still really enjoyed it, and got really competitive! We ended up with a draw because we both ran out of trains.


We all think that Ticket to Ride - First Journey is a fun game to play. Clay had lots of fun and he didn't run off sulking like he sometimes do, just because he was behind with completing his journeys. He just really enjoyed completing them, and got the sense of achievement when he did.

As for me and Abby, we didn't find the game too easy or boring either, because we love completing our missions as well, and we also had lots of fun competing against each other.

If you have younger children that wants to play together with you, Ticket to Ride - First Journey will be perfect. But if you and your children are ready for a bigger journey and challenge, Ticket to Ride has a wide range of products worth checking out. They have the Europe and UK versions too.