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The legendary struggle for Catan continues!
Play the board game classic and its expansions "Seafarers" and "Cities & Knights" and create your own empire on Catan including individual maps and scenarios.
Found settlements, build roads and prove your trading skills to become Lord of Catan. With the right strategy and a bit of luck, you’ll defeat worthy competitors, such as the combative knight Sean, the shifty pirate Jean, or the cunning merchant Nassir.
Let the new, detailed graphics take you to an utterly realistic Catan, or choose the classic mode for a genuine board game feeling. Let your imagination run free and create your own Catan world including new scenarios and maps.
Find out if you really are a secret colonist; confront your rivals and become Lord of Catan!
• Original "Settlers of Catan" rule set
• Expansions "Seafarers" and "Cities & Knights"
• Editor: Create own maps and scenarios and share them with players around the world
• Two different graphic sets: realistic 3-D graphics or genuine board game mode
• Two special scenarios: "Enchanted Island" and "Great Canal"
• Ten smart computer opponents with individual tactics plus local hot-seat multiplayer mode
• Game Center achievements and local game statistics
• Tutorial and Catan Almanac
• Developed in collaboration with Catan designer Klaus Teuber
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What's New in Version 1.3
- Optimized data exchange between game and editor
- Texture quality of terrain tiles and character model is now adjustable
- Optimized graphics rendering, especially on older systems
- Load times improved
- Improved overall game stability
- Implemented a feedback system to send reports and log-files directly to the development team
- Several small changes and improvements to the user interface
Game works okay, other stuff doesn’t.
I’ve been playing Catan for a long time, both the board game and the computer game. This version plays pretty well, although I’d like to see it expanded to have up to 6 players like the board game. One problem that I see is that the Editor doesn’t work. Click the button and nothing happens. Click it a bunch of times and still nothing happens. Another problem is that you can go to the Catan web site from the game and view maps that were created by other people and apparently you’re supposed to be able to actually play them…except when you click on a map to play it, nothing happens. Again, just like with the editor, you can click a map a bunch of times to no avail. It would be nice to get these capabilities enabled in the game to make it even more intersting. Lastly, while a computerized random number generator isn’t truly random, it’s quite a coincidence that once I start winning with a gap of 4 or more points, the dice just seem to roll the 7 extremely often…except when it’s my turn. So I basically get stuck for awhile while the other players try to catch up. I’d like to see the players make better decisions when it’s their turn rather than fixing the dice to stall my progress. I still like the game, but this one needs more work to raise the bar and enjoyment level.
Catan is a great board game and it’s a shame that this computer version is so buggy and has poor attantion to detail. I feel like the folks who made the game never played either the board game nor the game they wrote.
Right out of the gate it doesn’t save any of your settings. EVERY time you start a new game you have to reset the users, resize windows, etc. Consequently statistics are out of whack unless you rename yourself exactly the same way every time. The game freezes randomly requiring a close and reopen. I’ve had numerous game where the end of game stats summaries were completely wrong (claiming I hadn’t been robbed at all, yet I was robbed many many times, for example). In general the whole thing implements modern GUI standards very badly.
The rules of game play seem to flow correctly and the dice rolling is largely the proper curve over time.
Unplayable Graphics - Absolute Garbage
As other reviewers have noted, the game board is angled, which makes it very difficult to see some of the tiles. It’s also just a pain. The graphics are muddled and have serious contrast issues, which makes it difficult to see pieces on the game board and keep track of moves. User interface controls are strangely complicated. I like that you can customize boards, but despite loving this feature, there’s little you can do with this game. It’s just impossible to play with these awful graphics and crazy controls. This version costs actual money, and it’s the worst electronic Catan I’ve ever seen.
The iPad version is the best. I like that version a lot, actually. I wish they’d make that even more customizable (option to remove the Robber, and option to make your own boards), add some even tougher bots, and expand it to the Mac.
This version should be in the trash.