Ticket to Ride [$6.99] is a tremendous board game-to-digital game translation. It looks and feels authentic and boasts a wide range of features. It’s a sharp title through and through, but it was missing a couple of things at launch, namely a pass-and-play option. That has since been added. Developer Days of Wonder hit us up about the game’s most recent patch, which adds the aforementioned mode for up to four friends or a mix of friends and AI. It even hides your cards when you pass the device, which is a super-smart design decision.

More was added in this update, though all take a backseat to pass-and-play. You can now mute voices if you don’t want to hear them, as well as skip some animations. The buttons in the game’s silly “Central Station” now have names so you know what you’re clicking on, and hey, if you’re colorbind, “better support” has been added in. Finally, there’s been an update to the netcode for people with crappier connections. Most notably, if you drop out of a match, there’s now an option to do a quick recovery and jump back into action.

That’s a lot stuff addressed and there’s still more. If you’re interested in learning all, hit up the game’s full patch notes at this iTunes link.

Ticket To Ride is easily one of the better board games turned digital, and this update only strengthens its position. If you’d like a more critical dissection of the title look no futher than our review. Spoiler: it’s glowing.

  • Anonymous

    Great game and the update makes the iOS version even better.

  • Docrx

    iPhone version please?

    • http://jschrab.myopenid.com/ Jeffrey

      IMHO, I really think an iPhone version would be a mistake.  Even with a Retina Display, there is too much detail for a big board.  Fingertips are too big to interact with something at that scale.

      That being said, Ticket to Ride gets a BIG "Recommended" from me.  This update nails down the last few rough edges.

  • Anonymous

    This would be a fantastic game to have the option (a la Scrabble) to view your own cards on your own iOS device (iPod touch, iPhone). That way, you can leave the iPad in the middle of the table for everyone to view (and so they can be planning their turn), but each player can see only their own cards.

  • Anonymous

    This would be a fantastic game to have the option (a la Scrabble) to view your own cards on your own iOS device (iPod touch, iPhone). That way, you can leave the iPad in the middle of the table for everyone to view (and so they can be planning their turn), but each player can see only their own cards.

    • jonah

      Yeah, the private-hand-of-cards thing seems like it makes this game much tougher to implement than Carcassonne. I'd like to hear from people who've played it awkward the pass-and-play mechanic is.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely right! I wish more iPad board game apps offered this feature. It's no fun playing a game with pass-and-play because nobody has anything to look at until it's their turn, which also makes each turn take longer.