- Optimizations and bug-fixes regarding display issues on newer devices
- Improved scaling of text and number display in the UI and menus
Ratings and Reviews
A few visual problems, otherwise good
Overall, this is a good rendition of the board game Catan. The board game rules are adhered to (except that the computer decides without rolling the dice who puts down their first settlement), and the dice rolls are mostly fair and realistic (though in one game, the robber was rolled about a third of the time and no 8s were ever rolled). I’ve heard from other reviews that the dice tries to help the AI when you’re close to winning, and this is probably true to some extent, but I was still able to win a lot of the time. It’s also great how the different characters in the game have their own personalities and levels of skill, so you’re not playing against the same AI each time.
There is a problem with the distribution of development cards in the game. Once, I was in the lead by 3 points and one of the AIs somehow won by acquiring 5 victory-point cards in a row, even though there are supposed to be 5 one-victory-point cards in the game set and 25 development cards in total. It’s also very difficult to see what the AIs are trading, whether with each other or the bank. In general, the AIs seem to rely more on development cards than most real-life Catan players and often don’t build settlements when they could very likely be able to do so.
Otherwise, I would recommend buying this app if you rarely get to play the physical Catan board game.
Great UI but too much bs
I love how seamless this app is when transitioning from the board game to the app. It's so much easier than you think it would be and it is a really good use of spare time. Quite frankly, for the catan enthusiast, it's great, especially when you fork out the 12 bucks for the whole package.
After playing countless games against the AI Bots in this game, my only beef is that the game clearly tries to equalize itself too much. I can't tell you how many times I've been ahead by 5 victory points only to have the game roll a ridiculous amount of 7s and other nonsensical numbers just to try to equalize things. Just got done playing a game where I was a staggering 6 victory points ahead with one to go for the win, only to have the app roll an ungodly amount of 7s, 3s, 11s, and 2s until the computer finally caught up to 'give me a run for my money'. It's honestly frustrating and blatantly obvious the game tries to equalize. Game should've been over in two turns, stretched the game out to 12 more turns
Definitely not as bad as people say
I’ve spent the past year playing this game. I’ve read more than a few reviews about how the game is unfair or it’s impossible to win, etc and that’s not true. Sometimes the game players do make weird decisions but they each have a specific way they’re programmed to play, and just like playing with real people, you can figure out their style and use it against them. When I first started playing the game I think it was about 20 games or more before I finally won. Now? I win a good 75% of the games. So the game isn’t impossible, it just requires critical thinking and strategy planning, learning your opponents weaknesses, etc.
My only complaint is that the latest update made all of the lettering insanely small. Luckily I have an iphone 8 Plus or I’d never be able to see it. So here’s hoping that gets fixed asap. Other than that, I think this game is fantastic because easy games get boring quickly and I’ve played this game for hours on end for a year and still love it.
- United Soft Media Verlag GmbH
- 888.5 MB
Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2010-2018 United Soft Media Verlag GmbH, Munich; Catan GmbH.
- In-App Purchases
- The Seafarers $4.99
- Cities & Knights $4.99
- The new scenarios $1.99
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.