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

- Game files (initial download) will now download properly via WiFi, even if the device is in airplane mode
- Fixed a bug that could cause the campaign not to progress properly, e.g. restarting a scenario after winning it
- Improved AI logic when moving knights
- Once again only one ship can be moved each turn


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Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund, Analizadas por Mar GP.

Comments and ratings for Catan
  • (62)

    by Dave Ellis on 25/06/2014

    Worked fine until the update. Now it resets everything every time I go back into it and I have to redo settings, opponents, etc. So annoying I'm rarely playing it anymore. Samsung S4 btw. Edit; it's now freezing mid game and erasing the entire game. Time to uninstall.

  • (62)

    by Leroy Potter on 25/06/2014

    Is there a reason why suddenly today after weeks of completing seafarers expansion and then getting halfway through cities and knights that its now wont let me play witho payin for the expansions?

  • (62)

    by Jonathan Waldmann on 25/06/2014

    After installed I came to the main menu. Campaign mode is locked out until you spend more money. It feels dishonest and it feels like the developer is ripping people off.

  • (62)

    by Dan Madigan on 25/06/2014

    If your battery runs out you lose your save game. The other plays pick on the human player which makes the game boring. Even if you are down by a couple points the robber only steals from you. Overall disappointment from this app.

  • (62)

    by David Rodriguez on 25/06/2014

    Doesnt record my wins in online leader board, has record of my losses. Developers dont seem to be mindful of others issues as well. Will bump up my rating if need be.

  • (62)

    by Nick Willson on 25/06/2014

    I love the game but wish it had a multiplayer option to play with friends. More stars if it ever does go online. Cause then it would be perfect.☆☆☆☆☆ And now it has online. So it's perfect.

  • (62)

    by Nathaniel Mac Donald on 24/06/2014

    I bought cities and knights but cannot create a custom match online