By Days of Wonder

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2012

Ticket to Ride

Hop aboard for a thrilling cross-country train adventure. Set at the turn of the 20th century, Ticket to Ride is a unique board game that invites players to a daring race by train. Unlike some of its competitors, this game features stunning artwork and gameplay that is easy enough to pick up in a matter of minutes but complex enough to encourage evolving strategies. The objective is simple: Use your train pieces and ticket cards to visit more cities across America than any of your competitors. You can play your own game, form alliances or even block your fellow player’s advancing trains. It’s a game of history, strategy and luck—but above all, it’s fun! (Days of Wonder, $35.89)