Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries - Video review (in finnish) and written summary (in english) Subscribe sub options
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Posted: 2010-10-19
Category: Review
Language: Finnish
Tuomo Pekkanen
Finland
Tampere
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Ticket to Ride (or Menolippu in finnish) is a brand that means easy going and easy gameplay + great production values from Days of Wonder.

Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries is more the same. It takes something from previous versions of TtR and doesn't add much new. Only the use of locomotive -cards differs from other TtR games a bit. At least it's not as boring as the original game.

The game plays well under an hour so it's a quick filler. The setup takes about two minutes and the rules can be learned in less than five minutes. The card based "collect a set and build a route" -mechanism is fast and players have little down time between their own turns. The luck element is present since you can't control (too much) the cards you get in your hand. You are most likely never to get those two blue cards when you need them...

I like NC -version because it is designed for 2-3 players. That is also it's biggest downfall. The map is tight enough to make the game interesting and competitive enough for 2 or 3 players which I think lacks a bit in the original/Europe versions of the game. That said, the lack of 4-5 player support sucks big time since it costs the same as the Europe version.

The local Menolippu: Pohjoismaat (finnish) edition is out of print and there are no interest in giving us a new print so it is lucky that the english version got (or gets?) a reprint before christmas of 2010.

So if you want to have a good 2-3 player game of Ticket to Ride, I really recommend this version. But if you don't like TtR mechanism (think it's too light for you), want support for 4-5 players or want a REAL train game, you are well advised to stay away.
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