Ticket to Ride is a popular board game created by board game gurus Days of Wonder. Back in May, Ticket to Ride [$6.99] was digitally converted into an iPad game, one which we thoroughly enjoyed in our review. Ticket to Ride had an excellent computer AI to play against, but the real fun was in playing another real life person. The iPad version contained a slick online multiplayer mode for up to 4 players, but was criticized for not having a local pass-n-play mode, something that should be a core element of any game based on a real life board game. Thankfully, pass-n-play did eventually come in an update a couple months following release, and there was much rejoicing.

Yesterday, Days of Wonder has gone and released an iPhone version of Ticket to Ride, dubbed Ticket to Ride Pocket [99¢]. Many iPad gamers, and of course non-iPad owning gamers, have been clamoring for a portable version of Ticket to Ride, so this release certainly should make quite a few people happy. However, Ticket to Ride Pocket has almost the exact opposite problems that its iPad counterpart had on release. It does contain a pass-n-play mode along with its single player, but does not contain an online multiplayer mode. Days of Wonder has stated this was a conscious decision, as they didn't want to compromise the online experience with interruptions that are inherent to phones like incoming calls and spotty network coverage.

Besides lacking online play, Ticket to Ride Pocket also nixes the extra Europe and Switzerland maps from the iPad version, instead focusing on just the American map. This was another conscious decision by the developer, as they felt that the additional maps contained too much detail to be sufficiently playable on the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPod touch.

While Ticket to Ride Pocket is a more limited experience than the iPad version, it doesn't make it a bad game at all. In fact, quite the opposite. The single player AI is quite good, and pass-n-play is adequate for when you have a friend close by. There's also multiplayer over local WiFi or Bluetooth if you're close by friend(s) happens to have their own device and copy of the game. Perhaps best of all is that the pocket edition is just 99¢ as of this writing.

I still think it would be nice to see online multiplayer and the additional maps added into the game, despite the developer's concerns, and that may happens sometime down the line. But for the cheap price of entry, Ticket to Ride Pocket is a great mobile take on the board game that's worth having a look at.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    I hope the iPad version will get the Achievements and Leaderboards soon.  They just released an update to the iPad which makes the iPad and iPhone games multiplayer compatible, but I don't think it includes the GC aspects.  I'm not even really interested in the GC leaderboards as much as local leaderboards which are separated by maps and number of players.

  • Jeff S.

    2G Touch owner here.  Sadly, I can't play; my device is not supported.  Don't they want to take my money?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Is this just a Settlers of Catan ripoff? Because that game is already on the iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/bearded bearded

    It's actually a lot more like Risk than Catan.

    • http://twitter.com/rkool Ruud

      Really... I don't think it's anything like either of those. But you'll probably like it better if you like Settlers of Catan. It has a similar mix of luck and strategy.

  • Anonymous

    Good game, and at $0.99 it's a steal. Would be great if the developers made this a bit more colorblind-friendly. Train cars are OK (distinct pictures), but some lines are hard to tell apart.

  • http://twitter.com/ZildjianKX Jeff

    The iPad version isn't universal, is it?  If it was, that would make me more inclined to buy it.

  • Foofanagle Foofanagle

    iPad isn't universal...but I understand what DOW is saying. The small screen makes it much tougher to see. Then again - you could argue the same thing about Carcassonne and that works great on the iPhone. But at $.99 - I think the reduced version is a total steal. The iPad version is also a steal. For like $15 bucks you get the core game and all the expansions. If you have an iPad I'd say Ticket to Ride is a must have.

  • Christian Monterroso

    I have a 2G iPod Touch.  They took my $0.99.  I guess I need to start reading supporting hardware.  This is the first app that I purchase that did not support my iPod Touch.