Ticket to Ride First Journey App Overview

Ticket to Ride First Journey App Overview


Whether online or offline, we’re big advocates for encouraging people to play games. Games are great as  entertainment, awesome teaching tools, facilitate bonding, are social and so much more. Whenever I find an opportunity to encourage inclusion of a game in an environment, I do. Last year during a trip to New York for a conference, a friend invited me to stay overnight at her house to save the cost of a hotel. I encouraged her to take me to her local game store because I’m always interested in seeing the different local game store layouts and activities. While we were there, I pointed out several that would be a good fit for her family. We stayed up all night talking and board games, of course, were part of the discussion.

Several months later, she let me know that they had picked up Ticket to Ride based on my recommendation and wanted to let me know that it was a big hit. She also explained that her young daughter had already added Ticket to Ride First Journey to her wish list. I’m always elated when I see children excited about board games!

If you are a soldier to only playing classic board games, then all the new ones we have been introducing you to might feel a bit overwhelming. I assure you they aren’t as difficult as you might think. It’s simply a matter of learning the rules. What better way to learn how to play than with an app? Two years ago, we listed the Ticket to Ride app as one of the top board game apps and I’ll admit that I actually play it daily when I need some down time.

Ticket to Ride is an excellent game but can be a bit much for younger players. Ticket to Ride First Journey was released and naturally, Asmodee Digital and Days of Wonder decided to create a Ticket to Ride First Journey app,

Ticket to Ride First Journey app is a digital version of the game designed to introduce kids to the popular Ticket to Ride franchise. - SahmReviews.com

Ticket to Ride First Journey is a simplified version of the original game and so is the app.  The goal and rules are easy: Collect train cards to complete routes across the country in order to be the first to earn a Golden Ticket. You (and your opponents) will have your own designated routes that need to completed and thankfully there are multiple ways to connect the cities to achieve these goals.

Ticket to Ride First Journey app is a digital version of the game designed to introduce kids to the popular Ticket to Ride franchise. - SahmReviews.com

Major cities represent the start/end locations for routes and are marked by an icon that represents that particular city. As examples, you will see a Statue of Liberty in New York, an alligator is synonymous with Miami, a saxophone for New Orleans, a movie camera represents Los Angeles and a bridge in San Francisco. Not only are children being entertained by the app, but at the same time are learning a bit about what makes each particular city tick.

Ticket to Ride First Journey app is a digital version of the game designed to introduce kids to the popular Ticket to Ride franchise. - SahmReviews.com

On your turn, you have three actions you can select from. Draw two train cards, place railroad cards or discard ticket cards. The first two are the same rules as in the base Ticket to Ride game. Although in that one, you can select new routes but don’t get to discard the old ones that you don’t like. Scoring is simplified in Ticket to Ride: First Journey.

Ticket to Ride First Journey app is a digital version of the game designed to introduce kids to the popular Ticket to Ride franchise. - SahmReviews.com

The first option for an action you can take is to take two Train Cards from the draw pile. Train Cards represent the cars needed to make the trip between cities. Since the only way to complete routes is to use the matching colored cards, you’ll find that the bulk of the game revolves around selecting cards. There are cards for each color represented on the map in addition to locomotive cards that serve as wild cards. You’ll be able to see what cards are in your hand by looking at the train track at the bottom of the screen.

Ticket to Ride First Journey app is a digital version of the game designed to introduce kids to the popular Ticket to Ride franchise. - SahmReviews.com

Another action is to place the railroad cars onto the map to claim the route. This is done by discarding the matching color Train Cards in your “hand”. While some cities are connected by only one track (of one color), some cities are connected by two sets of tracks of different colors. In order to complete that connection, you only need to complete one of the two. You can select either set of tracks but will need enough Cards of that color (or that color plus wild cards) in order to complete it. To place your cars on the track, it’s as simple as drag and drop. Select the designated color of cards and drag them to the route you want to claim. Watch for the arrow to show up so you know they’re being placed where you want!

Ticket to Ride First Journey app is a digital version of the game designed to introduce kids to the popular Ticket to Ride franchise. - SahmReviews.com

The game is about completing routes by gathering the cards, but you’re blindly drawing and receiving random colors (or wild cards) each time. At any time, you can check the routes that you have by clicking on the thumbtacks on the left side of the screen. These represent the routes you are trying to make, but sometimes you don’t get the color of cards you need. As a final option, you can discard your Route Ticket Cards and get new ones. For kids who easily get frustrated with not getting the colors they need, getting a different route is always an option.

Ticket to Ride First Journey can accommodate up to four players which can consist of humans in a pass/play process, with an AI playing as additional characters or a combination of both. The first player to reach six points earns the Golden Ticket! Not only is the Ticket to Ride: First Journey app a fun game for kids, it is an excellent way to introduce young children to this different type of strategic board game and give them an overview of some of North America’s major cities. Ticket to Ride: First Journey is available for iPad and iPhone as well on Google Play and Steam. You can learn more about Asmodee Digital game apps by visiting their website or checking out their Twitter and Facebook feeds for announcements. As strong advocates for getting kids to play games, introducing these concepts in digital form might be what it takes to get kids excited about playing board games offline as well.

Have you ever played any of the Ticket to Ride games?

Nicole Brady

About Nicole Brady

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

21 comments on «Ticket to Ride First Journey App Overview»

  1. Brett Martin says:

    I didn’t know they had an app! This was how my youngest got into games!!! YAY!

  2. Alicia says:

    This looks like a cute app! I know my kids would enjoy playing it.

  3. O my son is going to love this!!! He always wants to play the “train game”, but I’m always afraid he’ll lose some of the trains.

  4. Neely Moldovan says:

    I think my cousin would LOVE this! Totally his kind of thing. Sending him a text now!

  5. Brandy says:

    What a really fun app to try out. I love finding new apps to play with and my kids do too! I will be checking out this Ticket To Ride!

  6. Jaime says:

    I’ve never played the Ticket to Ride games, but I’m intrigued! I think my game-loving son would love this too!

  7. Connie says:

    This looks like a great app. My grandson would love it!

  8. lisalisa says:

    This sounds like a pretty cool app. I’m sure my boys would love to play this game I need to check more into this. You always share some cool games!

  9. Marcie W. says:

    Fun! My kids really enjoy mobile games and this one sounds great. I plan to have them download it before our scheduled holiday travel.

  10. Desiree Lopez says:

    I think my son would love this train game. I’m not sure if we have ever had an app that was a board game before.

  11. I love to see games and apps that help educate. This sounds like it could be great for those times a parent and child are stuck waiting in an office, or a long car ride.

  12. brianne says:

    Oh wow this is a great app! I would love for my children to play with this!

  13. CourtneyLynne says:

    I have not played any of the ticket to ride games!!! They do look pretty fun. I will definitely have to check the apps out!

  14. Sue E says:

    I have not heard of these games. Maybe my grandkids have. This looks like fun strategic games! I will definitely ask the kids. I’m sure they will want to download them and play! Thank you for sharing!

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