Well this one was on the "shelf of shame" for all of about a week - I picked it up locally recently for $5, and we got it to the table last night. Overall, it feels pretty much like ticket to ride - I think the only real difference from the original is the size of the map and the introduction of the "tourist attractions," which are just stations that give you an extra point for connecting to them.
- Map: The map I would say is ok - I didn't feel like it had a huge impact on strategy, but of course this was at 2 players and I've had only one play so far.
- Theme: My wife likes the theme better than trains. I don't feel strongly either way. This theme, by the way, rather than trains, is New York taxis. I assumed it would be the NY subway, but I guess taxis make sense as well.
- Components: pretty standard TTR components - the little taxis are fun, and the art on the board is nice
- Size: this may become a staple for our coffee shop dates - it's a pretty small box, it sets up quickly, and it plays very quickly for 2 players. Probably 15 minutes tops after setup.