What is Ticket to Ride?
If you’re not familiar with Ticket to Ride, it’s a modern classic in tabletop games. Forget Monopoly, Life, Sorry, and Clue. There’s a new era of games, and TTR has sold over 3 Million Copies — and for good reason. It’s a great game.
If You’ve Never Played Ticket to Ride - the App is a great introduction to the gameplay. It gives you a good overview of the game, and there are several maps to purchase as IAP.
If you HAVE played Ticket to Ride - the App is OK. The AI’s are generally predictable, and the development team seems to be more excited about putting together more maps than updating the AI, or improving the servers for those who like to play online.
Remember when iTunes was first released? It was amazing. A music-software with a store where you could purchase music. Fast forward many years, and Apple has added feature upon feature upon feature to a base-code that wasn’t intended to be what it is today. It does what it does OK, but it’s not at all great.
Such is the Ticket to Ride app. When it was first released, it was one of the best (if not the best) modern gaming apps available on iOS. It expanded to other platforms. And expanded with more expansions/maps. And expanded some more, and some more, and some more. As a result, it’s “OK” at what it does, but it’s not great.
In the same way Days of Wonder made a “Small World 2” app, it’s time for a Ticket to Ride 2 app. Having it redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up is a tall order, for sure. But for those with any decent amount of TTR playing experience, the App experience is only getting worse.
So if you’re new to TTR, it’s worth getting the app. Really, it is. But for those with a good bit of TTR experience, the app is OK, and needs some pretty serious tweaking to make it an app that you’ll go to regularly. With Better AI’s, better servers with cross-platform play, etc., TTR could take the top spot in modern tabletop game apps once again.