Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 - Heart of Africa

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 - Heart of Africa

by Alan R. Moon
Publisher: Days of Wonder
Games
Current Retail Price: $25.00

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Set in the vast wilderness of Africa at the height of its exploration by intrepid explorers, missionaries and adventurers, Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 - The Heart of Africa, a single-sided expansion map for Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride: Europe, focuses on the central and southern "heart" of the continent displayed in a vertical format.

This expansion introduces 45 new terrain cards, divided into three different terrain types. Each type is associated with different route colors: Desert/Savanna cards for yellow, orange and red routes; Jungle/Forest cards for green, blue and purple routes; and Mountain/Cliff cards for black, white and grey routes. Players can draw terrain cards just like train cards and they may use these to double the value of the routes they claim, under certain conditions.

  • 2-5 Players
  • Expansion - Ticket to Ride USA or Europe needed to play
  • 60 Minutes
  • AGes 8+
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  Fun Expansion With New Ideas
Joseph F of Oregon, 2/14/2013
This is an expansion and can't be played alone. You need either Ticket to Ride USA or Europe to play this game. This expansion only contains a new map, destination tickets and new terrain cards. It doesn't contain the plastic train cars or the train cards you need to play.
That said, this is another fun expansion. It changes the feel of the game entirely! (The following won't make sense if you haven't played Ticket to Ride, but you shouldn't be buying this unless you've played the base game anyway!) Colors of routes are actually clustered together in this map instead of spread evenly through the map as they are in all the other maps I've played (e.g. all the red, yellow and orange are on the North and East parts of the map, representing desert). Now you can't specialize in one area as easily and because you need too many of one color and can't use any of the others!
This expansion also introduces terrain cards that help you double the score you get for laying routes, which helps since there aren't nearly as many long routes in this map.
If you like Ticket to Ride, I highly recommend this expansion.