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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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    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

    Might not like

    • 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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    great company! Bought lots of games now

    great company! Bought lots of games now

    Excellent company, very responsive customer service team, and the games always arrive quickly and safely.

    Excellent company, very responsive customer service team, and the games always arrive quickly and safely.

    Great price (cheaper than my usual online go-to store) and fast delivery and packaged safely! Easy to use and navigate the website. Already asked someone to buy me my birthday present from here! Will definitely use them again

    Great price (cheaper than my usual online go-to store) and fast delivery and packaged safely! Easy to use and navigate the website. Already asked someone to buy me my birthday present from here! Will definitely use them again

    Competitive Prices in today's 2021 CCG/TCG Market. Great Card Shop option to purchase gaming cards compared to most Card Shops that lack a variety of inventory. Gives players a chance to buy and play these wonderful games. Excellent Customer Service. I'd drive here and visit the store if I didn't live that far.

    Competitive Prices in today's 2021 CCG/TCG Market. Great Card Shop option to purchase gaming cards compared to most Card Shops that lack a variety of inventory. Gives players a chance to buy and play these wonderful games. Excellent Customer Service. I'd drive here and visit the store if I didn't live that far.

    Good prices, good selection and preorder/restock options. Good communication. Deliveries are quick and nicely packaged.

    Good prices, good selection and preorder/restock options. Good communication. Deliveries are quick and nicely packaged.

    A large selection of games available to the UK

    A large selection of games available to the UK

    Have been buying from Zatu for a year now, always a swift delivery. Rapid answers to questions. A thoroughly awesome company. Highly recommended.

    Have been buying from Zatu for a year now, always a swift delivery. Rapid answers to questions. A thoroughly awesome company. Highly recommended.

    Really great, easy to order and very reasonable. Ships really quick to offshore uk! Have used Zatu a few times now and I'll definitely order from again to get our game fix 😊 I can barely wait for my next preorder to arrive.

    Really great, easy to order and very reasonable. Ships really quick to offshore uk! Have used Zatu a few times now and I'll definitely order from again to get our game fix 😊 I can barely wait for my next preorder to arrive.

    Great games, delivered quickly with wonderful customer service

    Great games, delivered quickly with wonderful customer service

    I'm in Ireland and ordered on a Friday and received on a Monday. Umbelievable, thanks so much. Very nice to deal with too!

    I'm in Ireland and ordered on a Friday and received on a Monday. Umbelievable, thanks so much. Very nice to deal with too!

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