I sat down to play this with the kids today and there’s a lot to like about the game. The suggested age is 8+ and the kids are only 7 so we played a simplified version but the rules are so basic, they make that really easy to do.
Basically we focused on completing and connecting routes and didn’t worry about the route cards. Then we called a halt the first time someone ran out of cards to keep the game length short enough.
The rules are brilliantly simple. I read them once, the boys grasped them. Strategy took a little longer to sink in (which is why I went with the simplified rules), but before the game was offer they had caught on to the importance of longer routes and connecting them together.
This simplicity is what makes ideal as a family game. It’s comparatively quick by board game standards (even without modified rules), people can easily come from last place and jump straight into the lead, and there’s very little explaining or rule checking required.
It’s also nicely constructed. Everything about it feels solid and well put together. Nothing flimsy and cheap. For those who get bored there are a number of expansions with alternate cards/rules/maps to pick up as well.
Definitely a game all families should have.
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