Catan

Catan

$3.99

(3 stars)

(17K)


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100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • Graphics
  • Faithful to the original board game
  • Play against AI
  • Online multiplayer mode
Cons
  • There's not a free lite version
  • There aren't online leagues nor tournaments
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Expert's Review
8.7
Great

"Two sheeps for one wheat, deal?"

Reviewed by / Jan 21, 2013

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

THE VERDICT

Settlers of Catan is the the jewel in the crown of geeky board games. It's a 4-6 players game with a balanced gameplay which consists of trading resources you need to build your settlement in the recently discovered Island of Catan. The one who first reaches a certain points goal is considered the settler and wins the game.

The mobile version of Catan - developed by USM - is at the height of the original game. Rules are the same but it has two basic advantages: first, you can play against CPU in a more dynamic way (dice rolling isn't a pain as it is away from keyboard) and second, there's an online multiplayer mode so you don't need to wait until Friday's game night to play Catan with your friends. Neat, isn't?

THE PROS

There's more: graphics are simple yet neat and faithful to the original board game. That makes it a snap getting the hang of it for both experts and newbies. Playing against AI is way more engaging than you might expect thanks to a dynamic gameplay and fun dialogues from NPCs. It includes both Seafarers and Cities and Knights expansions (via in-app purchases). Developers keep adding new features regularly.

THE CONS

Online leagues or tournaments would be awesome. There's no a trial version.

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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.

Challenge other Catan fans online via cross-platform multiplayer to prove your strategy skill or play against the AI:
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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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 might 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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Suggestions for improvements and feature requests?
Mail to android@usm.de
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Recently changed in this version

Catan 4.3.0 adds various Google Play Games features to Catan: Achievements add an extra challenge to the game and cloud-sync of saved games and statistics make playing on multiple devices more convenient!
Further changes:
- Additional HD texture set for mobile phones
-Updated scenario rules, e.g. final scoring in "Great Canal”
- New sound-engine to improve performance
-Various bugfixes, e.g. development cards as well as device-specific UI-issues
-Various smaller tweaks and optimizations


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Comments and ratings for Catan
  • (48)

    by Nicolas Stetler on 29/03/2015

    I travel a lot and enjoy the game, it's just very annoying that it needs to update so often to run. It's a single player game! My recommendation is to make the single player mode available without the need for the constant updates. Other than that, it's a great game. I still update it, but it seems like the update frequency that is required to play single player is a bit excessive.

  • (48)

    by Zach Rydberg on 29/03/2015

    This game is so much fun but I think the game board game version is way more fun personally;)

  • (48)

    by Konidia s on 28/03/2015

    Like many others, I am stuck on campaign 6. I also noticed the thing about rolling 7 when you have 8 or more cards. Also once you get near a win, the AI can rob you literally 5 times before you get a turn. Not to mention the AI will make bad trades that let them get ahead. Also last game the AI won with like FIVE victory cards. It feels extremely cheap. They could definitely improve the AI and sto

  • (48)

    by Casey Marquardt on 27/03/2015

    Every time a 7 is rolled, the computers go after the player. It gets very tedious when all of your resources are stolen, and of course, the material you need most. Just an update after months of owning game, still stacked against player even though I'm far from being in the lead. This makes me want to stop playing.

  • (48)

    by Jon Gidley on 27/03/2015

    After playing thus game for a week, I have decided to stop playing. The robber ai makes the game unplayable. You regularly get robbed 3 times a round making it extremely unlikely that you can do anything for several turns other than watch the computer play... The computer players seem to choose the human whether he is winning our not

  • (48)

    by Andrew Lee on 26/03/2015

    I am incredibly happy this is on the app store and I spend hours on this game. Although one major problem I have is the choppy design. If a developer is selling his game it would probably be for the best to continually update and work out the kinks in the offline and online gameplay. Glitches run rampant which can make online gameplay kind of frustrating. Additionally, why is that there is a price

  • (48)

    by Alan Barrow on 25/03/2015

    I'm amazed at how well the game plays, and the user interface is well nigh perfect. I do see what others have been commenting on, the computer much seems to stack the dice rolls. If you are ahead and over 8 cards you will see a 7 nearly every time. Very predictable and not at all random. Then you can expect to see your robber blocked numbers rolled. My belief is that they do keep the whole set

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