Around the World in 80 Days board game
Around the World in 80 Days board game

Around the World in 80 Days

Following in Jules Verne's footsteps, players attempt to travel around the world in 80 days on a map with Victorian-era decorations. On a player's turn, he chooses one of the face-up travel cards. Each card comes with an extra (getting to be first player in the next round, for example). Then he decides whether travel to the next city. Does he want to wait until the next round in hopes of better cards, or will he make his journey now? If so, he must have and play the required travel cards. The two transportation types are trains and ships. For example, 2 ship cards are required to travel from Suez to Bombay, so 2 ship cards must be played; train cards won't help in this instance. Time is spent each step of the way in the form of days, and (while meeting certain other requirements), the winner is the player who spends the fewest number of days getting around the world. The number of days depends on the travel cards used, plus help from special cards, hindrance from the meandering detective, and so on.


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  • If you had never played either game before, and you played both Around the World in 80 Days and Ticket to Ride just once, I am convinced you would enjoy Around the World far, far more. It's Ticket to Ride, but with all kinds of interesting twists not present in TtR. BUT: in terms of replayability and strategic options, Ticket to Ride has considerably more staying power. Around the World also has the problem of you possibly sitting around twiddling your thumbs for a while if you get back to London rather early.In other words, Around the World is a very good game to play; but don't ever expect it to be your "go to" family game.But I won't rule out my rating going up, perhaps.....
  • Rather pleasant, but seems awfully luck-driven.
  • Very nice balancing system that makes it hard to determine who is really in the lead. More than just a race game, it requires balancing moving to new destinations with using optimum time.
  • This is a light race game that appeals to the kids and isn't overly complicated.

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