I do not partake in as many XBLA games anymore. They have to be something that really grabs me or some other attachment that attracts me to them. After the success that Carcassonne was last summer, I was eager to try out something that I felt would recapture that magic, and I definitely think that Ticket to Ride is that game.
It only takes a few minutes to learn and about 45 minutes to play a full game. The goal is to link together cities accross North America (with more maps via DLC on their way) with your ‘trains’ that are built with cards from a deck. A lot of strategy and luck is involved, but fun is the end result. I even like playing against the A.I. I look forward to some casual game time this summer with only a Ticket to Ride!