Last Day to Grab the Outstanding Ticket to Ride Pocket iPhone Game for Free [Daily Freebie]

Last Day to Grab the Outstanding Ticket to Ride Pocket iPhone Game for Free [Daily Freebie]

Ticket to Ride Pocket is one of those games whose very existence seems absurd. It’s an iPhone version of an iPad version of an online game that originally gained popularity — massive popularity — as a board game. But the talented people over at Days of Wonder (who publish the entire series) managed, inconceivably, to make a triumph of TTR Pocket through careful execution and attention to detail. And today is your last chance to own it for free, before it heads back up to $2 at midnight.

In a nutshell, you play as a rail tycoon, in a card-based game of power and control, racing to build rail lines to connect your cities. the game pits you against up to four AI players; you can also play local, carbon-based opponents via wifi or Bluetooth, or  — and this is fairly new — play online asynchronously through Game Center.

What it doesn’t have is the iPad’s  the board game-like feel, its local pass-and-play mode or its ability to play live over wifi with other iPad or Facebook players through Days of Wonder’s servers. But that doesn’t matter — the game delivers way more than is expected. When you’re eventually hooked, there’s the recently released iPhone version of Ticket to Ride’s European map, Ticket to Ride Europe Pocket, with a new map and additional new rules. But that one you’ll have to cough up $2 for.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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