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Android News: Ticket to Ride Released

Mark Webb
United States
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Name: Ticket to Ride

Devices: Android Tablets, already on iPhone, iPad

Launch Price: $6.99

Multiplayer: Solo against AI, Online Play

Developer: Days of Wonder

BGG Entry: Ticket to Ride

VGG Entry: Ticket to Ride

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Notes:Back in March, Days of Wonder asked Android users if there was enough interest in the platform to be willing to fund a Kickstarter to bring Small World to their screens. Today, Days of Wonder brings Android users another treat, as they release Ticket to Ride, by Alan Moon.

This app runs on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher tablets with a minimum screen resolution of 1024x600 although 1280x800 or higher is recommended. Those resolutions allow the app to show menus and game interface in a similar graphic style to the game box showing those turn of the century travelers and train staff and map board The game's main screen shows the board, the cards available for draw, and your hand cards. Also present are indicators showing your avatar, the count of trains remaining, and your destination tickets. At the top of the screen is the same information for your opponents. If playing an online game, you also have a chat window off to the side as well. Most of the screens for the Android version have a similar look to ones of the Steam for PC version. The Android version does have a feature that the PC one does not, in that the board itself supports pinch and zoom, if you need to get a better look at playing surface. This can be handy especially if you are on a smaller tablet and need to zoom in to see city names, or the color blind friendly symbols that are present on the routes between cities, just as the actual game has on it.

As I mentioned above, there is either solo play against 1-4 bots, or online play against real humans playing on Days of Wonder's other apps they support such as Steam on PC & Mac, iOS, or the Days of Wonder website. There is a chat lobby where you can observe, join, or create games with other online players. Also available as in app purchases are the expansion maps of Asia, Europe, Switzerland, and USA 1910.

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