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    • Quality is as high as the original game
    • Attention given to make it very accessible
    • Easy to learn/teach
    • Great adaptation for a family

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    • Can be difficult for children to keep their hand secret – perhaps the insert could have included a slot to stand cards up in behind the lid. But that’s being very picky!

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    Ticket To Ride First Journey Europe Review

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    Ticket To Ride First Journey, All Aboard!

    What child doesn’t love a train journey?  Ticket to Ride has been a huge success; it’s easy to get hold of and is often recommended as a ‘gateway’ game.  So, does Ticket to Ride First Journey succeed in lighting the fire in the younger generation too?

    Component Quality

    The components will be recognisable to any Ticket to Ride fan, they have just been made child friendly in the Ticket to Ride First Journey editions.  The trains are a little bigger and spares are included to cover any getting lost - something we’ve already had happen.  Cards are linen finished and the images are very similar to the standard game but with a more child-friendly aesthetic.  Colours are clear and symbols are used on the cards to ensure they’re accessible to anyone who may be colour blind.
    Cities on both the map board and the ticket cards have a caricature style image of a local landmark as well as the name so they can be easily found by the younger players.  There’s even a ‘golden ticket’ card included as a prize for the winner.  Overall the components are first-class as with the other games in the range and fit for purpose too.
    Gameplay
    Ticket to Ride First Journey keeps much of the gameplay of the game it’s based on, simply streamlined for the child ticket holders.  Starting the game with a hand of four trains and two tickets, on your turn you can either take two more trains from the top of the deck or claim a route on the map by discarding the matching train cards and placing your trains on the route.
    When you complete a ticket (claiming the routes between the two stations shown on the ticket), reveal it and draw a new ticket.  The longest route is replaced with East to West cards, that count as a completed ticket and are available to all players.  The first to complete six tickets wins.

    Family Adaptation

    There is still strategy to be had, but perhaps the luck is increased just enough to give the kids a chance to keep pace – in fact in our last game for this review, our seven year old son won – and it was close, his mum was going to win herself on her next turn too.  The update to the components, artwork and board all work very well.  Playtime is appropriate for the attention span of the intended age range and pace of the turn means that it’ll be back to the children’s turn before they know it.

    Final thoughts…

    More Orient Express than freight train, Ticket to Ride First Journey plays smoothly and delicately takes the main aspects of the Ticket to Ride franchise and polishes it for a younger generation.  A 1st class addition to your family games collection!

    Final thoughts from a 7-year-old…

    "I could play it right up until bedtime."

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    • Quality is as high as the original game
    • Attention given to make it very accessible
    • Easy to learn/teach
    • Great adaptation for a family

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    • Can be difficult for children to keep their hand secret perhaps the insert could have included a slot to stand cards up in behind the lid. But thats being very picky!

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    I purchased the animal and insect version of Dobble (we have the original Dobble) my family love it. It is more challenging as there are a few animals/insects the same colour. It is also great for the kids to learn the names of other animals. We all definitely recommend it from my grandson age 7 to myself age 66!

    I always use Zatu when buying board games. Cheaper than Amazon most of the time and always fast and reliable, except when waiting on restock items but thats not really their fault. The only downside is i am very weak willed and always end up buying 3 games to get the discount!

    I always use Zatu when buying board games. Cheaper than Amazon most of the time and always fast and reliable, except when waiting on restock items but thats not really their fault. The only downside is i am very weak willed and always end up buying 3 games to get the discount!

    Great selection of games. Fast delivery.

    Great selection of games. Fast delivery.

    Board gamers paradise! Fast, reliable service run by people who genuinely care about the industry. Also, fantastic value for money!

    Board gamers paradise! Fast, reliable service run by people who genuinely care about the industry. Also, fantastic value for money!

    Fast service and delivered on time.

    Fast service and delivered on time.

    Zatu is now my store of choice when it comes to board games :)

    Zatu is now my store of choice when it comes to board games :)

    I called for information before making the purchase and the person I spoke to was friendly and helpful. Ordering online was very easy, the price was fair, and the delivery was done quickly. Only thing I could possibly complain about, the comic book could have been protected a bit better (it wasn't damaged when I received it anyway). I am going to order from this shop again in the future.

    I called for information before making the purchase and the person I spoke to was friendly and helpful. Ordering online was very easy, the price was fair, and the delivery was done quickly. Only thing I could possibly complain about, the comic book could have been protected a bit better (it wasn't damaged when I received it anyway). I am going to order from this shop again in the future.

    Order arrived very fast and the product I received was in good condition. Very good purchase for any collector

    Order arrived very fast and the product I received was in good condition. Very good purchase for any collector

    Great fast service, good communication. Fantastic selection of games.

    Great fast service, good communication. Fantastic selection of games.

    Lovely shopping experience. Greta prices.

    Lovely shopping experience. Greta prices.

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