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Jun
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Feeling up for a train-based adventure? Well, as of today you don't even have to get off your butt to do so. Days of Wonder has released the app version of its popular board game Ticket to Ride on Android. All aboard, and please have your tickets ready.

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Ticket to Ride is a bit more involved than most Android games – there are actually rules to learn. The basic premise is that you and your opponents (up to 4 total players) compete to see who can string together the longest contiguous routes on the game board of crisscrossed train tracks. The intro video for this game (technically for the Windows version) is extremely in-depth, so I'll let the developers explain the finer points.

Ticket to Ride comes with a steep admission fee of $6.99, but it looks very polished. There appear to be in-app purchases for additional maps, which is a bit of a bummer. I quite dig the hand drawn graphical style, though. Ticket to Ride also comes with cross-platform online play. Each game should take about 45 minutes to complete, so make sure your battery is charged.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • VonLaserface

    This is a pretty excellent translation of the multi-award winning board game by the same name. It's not as fun as sitting around a table with friends and playing but if you're a fan this version won't disappoint.

  • Kuyam

    I'm currently thinking about buying an android tablet. If more games like these come out then it would really make it easier to buy one. The number of board games available on iOS is just so overwhelming when compared to the Play store offerings.

    Im happy that TtR has been ported to android. It's not even tablet only, available to download on my Gnex. Not buying it yet though, i'll wait for a nice discount (though it seems like wishful thinking considering Days of Wonder' motto - people will pay for quailty -)

    • thiazzi

      The awesome Tigris and Euphrates is also on Android. It's great, and even has a separate, table-top-inspired UI when you play it on tablets. Carcasonne is on Android, also Catan, RED, and the stellar Elder Sign. It's not as grim as it used to be!

  • Adam

    They always stated that they wouldn't make an Android version of Ticket to Ride due to the high number of different screen sizes and resolutions. I'm glad to see they've reconsidered.

    • Andrew Aiello

      Probably realized it wasn't so hard once the iphone 5 and iPad mini forced them to look into making their graphics more adaptable.

      • AndrewNeo

        The iPad mini is the same screen resolution as a non-retina iPad.

  • DCSH

    Finally! As a big fan of the Ticket to Ride Board Game I have constantly been nagging the developers to port that game to android. The iOS-Version has been out for years and they kept bragging about the difficulties adapting to different devices and screen sizes and stuff... very disappointing, as they were so interested in the digital version. They even launched a web version of the game almost at the same time as the board game... hard to understand, as both are now about 8 or 9 years old, but... finally!

  • Ian

    This is the board game that paved the way for others on iOS, and proved that the digital product did not hurt physical sales (they actually complement one another quite well). With Google's Play Games initiative, hopefully we'll start seeing something similar on Android finally. Fantasy Flight Games already has a few decent apps (namely Elder Signs), but it would be great if GMT Games steps up and ports Dominant Species.

    I also wouldn't mind seeing 7 Wonders, Puerto Rico, Dominion (an official one), or something like that showing up at some point.

    • Matthew Fry

      Dominion is supposedly coming. Maybe.

  • Evan

    The board game version is amazing, and I am glad to see it come over to Android. If you want to see what what gameplay looks like check out the this Tabletop episode - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHmf1bau9xQ

    The IAP in this game don't really bother me. The additional board (maps) cost money for the table top board game, so it makes sense that the digital version would cost a little extra too. I'm sure the IAP are less than the $15-$30 a piece the physical expansions cost. Plus, Days of Wonder is a great game developer and they deserve payment for the hard work they put in to producing amazing games.

    Now all we need is the Android version of Small World and I'll never interact with a person again!

  • dirtmound

    No local multiplayer?

    • dirtmound

      Thank you for your request.

      Unfortunately Ticket to Ride for Android doesn't include "Pass & Play" games. Should
      this change, we will let you know.

      Best Regards,

      Stephane Chretien
      Customer Service
      Days of Wonder
      Play different.

    • MooseCat

      Oh no! I thought from the screenshots in the Play Store that there would be since it looked like you could play "solo" and specify the number of players. But with their response I guess the extra players (players 2-4) would be the AI.

      =(

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    Let me know when it is on sale...

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Just got this for the PC super cheap from Amazon digital. Great game

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    Anyone actually played it on their phone yet? Looking for some feedback before spending my cash.

    • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

      Gave in, installed on my GS3. Graphics and maps on the small side, but then it does fit everything needed in. You can also zoom in on the map if you need to. Had no problems playing so far.

  • http://www.abhiroopbasu.com/ Abhiroop Basu

    This is awesome! Been waiting for this for a long time :)

  • Md.Hasan Reza

    I waiting a long time for this game.