Catan

Catan

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Good-looking layout
  • High playable
  • Faithfull to the board game
  • Addictive
Cons
  • There's not a free Lite version
  • Some crashes reported
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"From the board to the screen with no leaks on playability"

Reviewed by / Jan 21, 2013

Catan is the Android version of the popular board game "Settlers of Catan"

If ever played board game "Settlers of Catan", you already know how addictive it is. Now the game came to Android keeping the essence of its original gameplay and rules. Bear in mind that this is the basic version of Settles of Catan, with no expansions packs. You can upgrade to the expansions packs buy purchasing them from the in-app store.

From those who haven't ever played, on "Settlers of Catan" you embody one out of four settlers that has reached an island named Catan. Your purpose is to become the one who first rules the island. In order to achieve it you will have to earn 10 points of victory (or more, depending on the goal you set) before than your opponents do. You will get points of victory by different ways: building settlements and upgrading them to cities, collecting development cards, making large routes or using knight cards. The expansion packs add more variables. In your rise to the throne, you will have to collect different materials, trade with your opponents or internationally (with the bank), build roads, settles and cities. Do it strategically, and smartly, if you want to be the first on reaching the needed points of victory.

Catan's Android version has been certainly well-crafted. It's been set in a cute layout and it's really easy to get the hang of it. You can play two different modes: "custom" which allows you to play against CPU or real players (up to 3 opponents) with the basic rules. You can choose among different characters. Each one of them have different skills. The "campaign mode" only can be played by upgrading to the Seafarers expansion pack from in-app purchase. There are more expansions packs though.

Catan has been developed by USM, an emerging developing company who has also launched another great game "Ingenious".

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Developer's original description available here
"Catan", the legendary strategy game provides gaming fun anytime, anywhere.
True to the original game, you can compete with up to four players for the most settlements, the longest roads and the largest army. You can trade with each other and claim the precious land with all its resources.

Update 4.0 of the game allows you to challenge other Catan fans cross-platform online via online multiplayer matches: users can play together and prove their strategy skills.
But also various computer opponents, each with their own individual characteristics, will prove themselves worthy competitors: the pirate Jean, who knows no compromise, Vincent the merchant, who never allows himself to be cheated, Sean the knight, who takes what is rightfully his...

The popular Catan expansions “Seafarers” and “Cities and Knights” are available as In-App purchases.

The complete Seafarers expansion includes more than 10 additional scenarios with an extensive campaign. Become Harbormaster, discover new islands and extra game elements like ships, gold fields, treasures and pirates. Ahoy!

The Cities and Knights expansion introduces various new gameplay mechanics that add even more variety to Catan. Invest new trade goods in city improvements to build one of the three metropolises of Catan – but beware of the barbarians attracted by Catan’s new wealth! You’ll need your best knights to fend them off! C&K contains a short campaign and 7 challenging maps.

Features:

- Available languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
- Optimized for smartphones and tablets
- Original "Settlers of Catan" rule set
- Smart computer opponents with individual strategies
- Scrollable game board including zoom option
- Freely combinable game settings
- Game statistics
- Comprehensive tutorial
- Seafarers LITE: New scenario "The 4 Islands" and two additional game variants
- Cities and Knights LITE: Test the new expansion in the scenario “The first Island”
- 3 different graphic sets to choose from

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Suggestions for improvements and feature requests?
Mail to android@usm.de
We are looking forward to your feedback!

When contacting our support team, please provide details on the type of device and Android OS version used as well as a detailed description of the issue. Thank you!

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Catan FAQ:
Question: Why do I have to download additional files after purchasing?
Answer: The download from Google play includes the basic game data and a tool that will determine your device’s display resolution and then download the optimal graphics data for your device.

Question: Which Android security permissions does Catan need and why?
Answer: “Storage” to write data to the SD or move the game data, “Network communication” to download game data and access the In App Store and “system tools” to check if Catan is already running to resume a game.

Question: I bought one of the expansions but after an update, reinstallation of Catan or after restoring my phone the expansion seems gone?
Answer: Don’t worry; your initial purchase is already saved in your Google account. However for technical reasons you have to select “Buy” again. Confirm and a message will tell you that you’ve already purchased it. You will NOT be billed twice!

Question: I lost my campaign progress after reinstalling, updating from or when restoring my phone. Is there any way to restore it?
Answer: Savegames from old versions can usually be restored automatically. For all other cases we’ve integrated a cheat code: Enter campaign mode and go to select player. Enter „CatanWarp*“ (* = 1–15, e.g "CatanWarp5") as your player name and confirm. Exit the game via the home button. Enter your phone’s settings menu. Select applications/manage applications/Catan/ and then “Force Stop”. Restart Catan. The campaign can now be continued from the specified level number by selecting “New scenario *”.
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Recently changed in this version

-Updated IAP menu and optimized restore function
-Fixed an issue when reaching the required VPs in another player’s turn
-Fixed end game display when winning by playing a knight
-Cities will no longer provide trade goods in the turn they were destroyed
-Game will now switch from the retro to other tile-sets in C&K scenarios
-Fixed a knight-bug that could cause wrong calculation of the longest road and resource distribution
-Updated keyboard support
-Various smaller tweaks and optimizations


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Comments and ratings for Catan
  • (64)

    by John Kenley on 15/08/2014

    This is a great and fun strat game when u play the board game but seriously... The point of the game is to be random with the dice rolls. U get ahead because of better placement and strat and the comps beat u with non stop bullshit rolls. Five 9's in a row really? Or how bout every time ur up and the thief gets put on ur most valuable hex and that number goes off immediately forever. Worst AI ever

  • (64)

    by Daniel Jacobovitz on 15/08/2014

    I find myself playing this game quite a bit. Board games lend themselves to the mobile platform quite nicely. However this game is in dire need of cross platform multiplayer support, more similar to how words with friends allows for multiple games simultaneously. This is evident by the mediocre AI that is easy to beat consistently. Should add more maps and the new expansions. Should allow for 2 pl

  • (64)

    by Brandon Sessler on 14/08/2014

    It's real swell.

  • (64)

    by Sean Davis on 14/08/2014

    Great game, have played through the full base campaign, seafarers campaign and working through Cities and Knights. Also done a few games with a friend on his iphone (I'm on a GN2). The computer players can be vicious and challenging. I had no issue's until the recent update a few days ago now causing the game to crash randomly quite frequently. Probably once every hour of game play or so, and

  • (64)

    by Roger Wiss on 14/08/2014

    Great implementation of the board game, my partner and I have been enjoying it on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (4.0.4). However, we cannot really play it on our phones (both HTC Desire X, 4.1.1) due to the following major bugs: 1) when a custom game is loaded, the game is loaded from the point where it was first saved; 2) a campaign/scenario cannot be continued, the “continue” button just won’t show

  • (64)

    by James Kautz on 14/08/2014

    After a buggy initial release, this game is now solid and reliable. Kudos to the developers for all the patches! The computer players are well balanced, if predictable. Pretty easy to win consistently.

  • (64)

    by Josh Fredrickson on 14/08/2014

    Makes my phone overheat wrote than other hand. Doesn't seem like it should be that CPU intensive.