Through the Desert is a pleasant mix of Ticket to Ride, Go, and La Strada. You score points by building camel caravans (with pastel camels, no less!) that connect to water holes and oases and surround territory on the board. There's never enough time to do what you want before someone else squeezes you out. The game has been enjoyed by everyone who has played it so far. There's no element of chance in the game, so it probably appeals more to the hard core gamer than the casual gamer.
Rating: good game.