Review: Tschu-Tschu, kleine Eisenbahn – a small train for small children

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The train is climbing uphill hard, steam is coming from its chimney in big clouds. It has all wagons loaded with passengers. Each seat is occupied. People learned about plenty of new attractions along the tracks and now they want to see everything. But there is only one train running there and back and its his job to make all passengers happy. So he has to drive this hill many times per day.

Delivering passengers will be a challenge also for all the kids, if their parents give them board game, which bears the English name . The theme and principle of this game was created by and is responsible for illustrations of the complete equipment for every driver. This is a novelty introduced by for .

The yellow box is definitely not small and on the elongated lid, we see a train coming. And of course, it’s full. Most of the space inside is occupied by a set of boards, that are double-layered and have lowered paths with printed rails. Children build a map from them, as a puzzle and equip it with three color switches. They fit into the prepared holes and navigate the train on the map. Train has to be placed on the rails in one starting station. Then each player chooses one tile representing his own station. This is the place, where player wants to transport the passengers. Players then place six random tiles of passengers on each of four platforms.

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Starting player takes dice in hand and rolls it. Now, player has to change the switch of the corresponding color (opening one route and closing other) and then quickly jump into the train and drive it to the nearest platform. The top passenger tile (with more people) must always be allowed to board the train. What happens next depends on what tickets are the new passengers holding.

If any of the travelling passengers holds a ticket of the same color as the active player’s station, then player can drive that passenger to his own station. Here he lets them get off and everyone becomes his success for the final score measurement. However, if none of the new passengers had the correct color ticket (corresponding to the player’s station), they may choose any other stop. All passengers (= tiles) get off the train.

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As soon as all the passengers are on their target spaces and no one is waiting on the platforms, the game is over. All opponents now place passengers, that have arrived successfully to their stop, in line next to each other. The one, who has most of them, is the winner.

Tschu-Tschu is a wonderful train game, which is not only about dice throwing, but mainly about moving machines and loading passengers. As a result, players must constantly manipulate components, allowing them to improve their motor skills.

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In addition, the feeling of shifting the turnouts and driving with a train has no match in kid’s world. And when you think, it’s all a game, in which children can measure skills (or rather luck in this case) with others, it’s simply great!

As we hinted at in the previous paragraph, coincidence – and the dice – plays a crucial role in here. Each round, it determines, where crossover moves and thus more or less lays out the route for the locomotive itself. But it does not matter, because from time to time, children have the opportunity to make a decision. And even without it, they enjoy the gaming very well, playing and watching others move the train.

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Fortunately, once they grow up a little and get tired of listening to the results on a die, the rules come with other variations. They now give players full control over the switches and the game becomes far better in terms of planning. Of course, it can still not be complex and compared with games for older audience, but it really offers a lot of surprises and replayability.

The game is very fast, which is an absolute must at the minimum age of three years. Children drive a machine and know within ten minutes, who has won. The more players there are, the longer they wait for the turn and get to the action less. It is therefore better to play in two or three, because in four the influence of more players is most pronounced.

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On their way through tracks, children will be accompanied by beautiful processing. The wooden train with notches for passenger tiles is what you might find most impressive, but it is not all. Beautiful illustrations, functional crossovers and a superb double-layered board are also to be emphasized. All this together makes Tschu-Tschu an excellent children’s game.

DesignerFelix Beukemann
ArtistKatharina Wieker
PublisherHABA
Year Published2018
# of Players2 - 4
User Suggested # of Players Best with 4 players
Recommended with players
(1 voters)
Playing Time10
Mfg Suggested Ages3 and up
User Suggested Ages3 and up
(1 voters)
Language DependenceNo necessary in-game text
(1 voters)
CategoryChildren's Game, Dice, Trains
MechanicPick-up and Deliver
Primary NameTschu-tschu, kleine Eisenbahn
Alternate NamesChucu chu, El Pequeño Tren, Ciuf ciuf, arriva il trenino, Color Choo Choo, La loco des couleurs, Tsjoeke, tsjoeke, kleine trein

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Review: Tschu-Tschu, kleine Eisenbahn – a small train for small children
Final word
Tschu-Tschu is a train game, that can give joy and fun to children. And that comes already from the age of three, when they first go to ride the train tracks, start to switch turnouts and race for as many transported passengers as possible. The game is very simple, but it also offers variations, that are significantly less dependent on chance, than the basic version. Throughout the time, children will be accompanied by wonderful processing. Everything on Tschu-Tschu is simply perfect!
Reader Rating1 Vote
Pros
wonderful processing
luck in base version is balanced by variants
accessible from the age of three
trains motor skills and colors
fast game time
Cons
nothing
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