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.
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Release Date: Aug 14, 2013

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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
  • Numerous achievements and local game statistics
  • Tutorial and Catan Almanac
  • Developed in collaboration with Catan designer Klaus Teuber

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WinXP (SP3), Vista, Win7, Win8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD K7; 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6-Series or ATI Radeon X1000; 256 MB or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win7
    • Processor: 2,4Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 200 Series, Radeon HD 4000 Series with 256MB Ram or higher
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
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101 of 106 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Catan is a fun board game. It's a fun Android/iOS game. It is a HORRIBLE PC game. It crashes pretty much all the time at random. A dice roll can crash the game. Hitting 8 victory points can crash the game. Trading resources can crash the game. Anything at all can crash the game!

The campaign is unplayable because just trying to play certain levels crashes the game.

I'm really serious about all these crashes. It's no joke. What is a joke is that I can run Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Metro Last Light, etc on max settings (or close enough), but I can't run a board game.

If the game was playable, it would probably be awesome. I have the Android game also that plays just fine. Playing as a video game eases all the resource management and whatnot from the board game. The game keeps track of everything for you.

The AI cheats hardcore also. I can the AI being intelligent and trying to stop the human player(s) from winning when victory is near, but you can be at 9/10 victory points with the AI at 3/10, and suddenly no one will ever roll numbers you can use again. The game replaces difficulty with implausible dice roll outcomes. The computer also constantly offers horrendous trades and won't accept fair ones. If you have one brick and no source of brick, they will routinely try to take your only brick in exchange for a sheep you already have 8 of. Robber rolls also seem to occur more frequently when the human player(s) are past the hand size limit. It isn't impossible to beat the AI. It's just frustrating to wait turn after turn after turn and see it rolls nothing but 3s and 5s because you don't have 3s or 5s.

If you like Catan, just get the mobile/tablet game. There's no online mutliplayer in any version of the game which is sad. There's a major trend in board games coming to PC/mobile that don't have mutliplayer. There is hot seat multiplayer which works fine. I play with a friend regularly on my Android device. It's good times.
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91 of 99 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
Pros:
+ It's the Catan we all know and love

Cons:
- The dice are not random. Save a game and then play a round. Load the same save again and then watch as the same exact numbers are rolled.
- Random crashes all the time.
- Seemingly abandoned by developer. No updates other then language localization in well over 1.5 years.
- Tutorial is basically nonexistant. They just throw you into a normal game.
- Unintuitive User Interface. No tooltips that popup to help you figure out what is what.
- Game bugs out constantly and when you roll the dice, it actually gives you resources for a completely different number.
- No online multiplayer, only hotseat.

I can keep going with the negatives however there is no point. I would simply avoid getting this game as the frustration of bugs/crashes is much higher then the fun value.

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87 of 95 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
Huge fan of Catan, so I thought I'd take a chance on this. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed.

Pros:
Visually it looks good, or at least enough for a board game based on Catan.

It handles all the rules for you so you don't have to stop the game and engage in debates. Not that you would with this version anyway (more on that later), and it includes all the scenarios and a map editor (though I haven't tried that yet).

Cons:
Controls are lacking. The map can be squirrelly to navigate. If you're using a touch-screen it's nigh-impossible. When using my Windows 8 touchscreen laptop I kept flying off into some unknown corner of the map and tapping on buttons would cause other buttons to active. The interface isn't very intuitive and it doesn't have pop-up text to help with identification.

Buggy. As others have pointed out, it's buggy and prone to crashing.

No multiplayer. This is probably the biggest negative. It's on Steam. Why not let you play with other players who own the game? I'm guessing they don't want competition to their own multiplayer subscription site, but then why even bother with this version in the first place?

Graphics options. While the graphics look decent, the lack of resolution options is very disappointing.

TL;DR: The game isn't worth the asking price. I picked it up on sale and don't completely regret it simply because I still fire it up every now and then just get a Catan fix when I can't round up a couple more players for the board game, but otherwise this one just sits in my library collecting virtual dust. The biggest disappointment is how close they are. If they fixed the bugs, tweaked the interface, and added multiplayer through Steam, it would instantly be a classic.
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60 of 63 people (95%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
Game is a great fix if you cant get people together to play the real thing, however in its current state, the game crashes often, so if you plan on playing the campaign, be prepared to save after every turn because:


Trading causes the game to crash

Rolling the dice causes the game to crash

Builing a road causes the game to crash

Not having a settlement on a pasture causes the game to crash

Moving the robber causes the game to crash

Clicking needlessly causes the game to crash

Right click causes the game to crash

Getting a brick on a 9 roll causes the game to crash

Upgrading a city without the exact resources causes the game to crash

Building a settlement on a 3:1 port causes the game to crash

Asking your girlfriend to bring you a glass of water causes the game to crash

Petting your dog causes the game to crash

Checking your phone causes the game to crash

Writing this review caused the game to crash

Wondering why you wasted 20 dollars on a borderline unplayable game that doesn't auto save so when it crashes you get to watch 45 minuites of your life go straight down the drain causes the game to crash


Seriously, game would be fine if they fixed this ♥♥♥♥.



TL;DR: Playing the game causes the game to crash.
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50 of 51 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
HORRIBLE: I love Catan. Probably one of my favorite board games, however, this adaptation of Catan is HORRIBLE! If you love Catan and want to play a digital copy, play it on Xbox Arcade. It alot easier to manuever throughout the game, has speed control, and allows for multiplayer across the internet. This piece of crap only allows multiplayer on the same computer. I never write reviews, so this just goes to show how much this game is worthless. If I could get a refund from any game, this would be it! As well, this game is buggy and crashes alot!
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45 of 48 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Fun game, but like most other people, this game crashes every 25 or 30 mins. The game does not include an auto save feature and having to save every 5-10 mins is annoying. Would like to see random crashes fixed or an auto save feature implemented. Seeing as these problems have been happening with this game for months, I doubt either of those are ever coming. I ended up paying less than $2 for Catan: Creators Edition during the Steam Holiday Auction and that's about as much as I recommend anyone paying for this game in it's current state. Good board game, terrible programming and support.
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73 of 93 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2015
DOES NOT HAVE ONLINE MULTIPLAYER!!

Which seems like a really bizarre omission in this day and age.
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
The greatest challenge in this game trying to complete a game without it crashing first, something I've yet to achieve. Add to this the lack of online play, the terrible transaction interface and you have an unashamed cash-grab of a game. Rather buy something else...I wish I had.
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
Constantly crashing. I bought this game when it first came out and decided to try again today hoping the bugs were fixed, but nope. Still crashes roughly every 20-30 minutes in game making the campaign nearly unplayable. If they can't fix the bugs, they could at least give some sort of auto-save so I'm not constantly losing progress in the game.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2013
No multiplayer.
Very buggy.

Do Not Buy. There are better Java versions available online for free.
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xtan911
12.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
Crashes all the time no multiplayer. Graphics are ok. Music gets a little annoying because of the same songs over and over. Even when you want to send the error there is an error that makes it impossible to send the error via http, smtp :S

Hope they fix the crashes and add multiplayer but I think they won't.

Buy it for low price like 4 euro's or so and save as much as you can.
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HawkofChiron
168.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
It seems most of the bad reviews are because the AI players are not very tough to beat, but this is all the Catan games in one, and its ...Catan- thus, a thumbs up!
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asullivan3904
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 7
Tried playing a round of the game and half way through it crashes only tryed one game but didn't want to risk the refund period to try again with the new game with the reviews that this has gotten is accurate to what happens.
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vicatos
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
I have been playing the Catan board Game and all its version and upgrades for a very long time. This current version of Catan on the computer has some advantages of the old computer version, but has also accumulated many disadvantages. First of all, the game designers were aiming for better graphics, which they managed to accomplish, but at the same time the Game has become counter intuitive. During the game (scenarios) the menus have no explanation, the colors and the art are difficult to follow, and the statistics are very badly presented. The old Catan Computer version had much better handling and statistics. Plus, the current game keeps on crushing very frequently which makes it difficult to play. The music and the animation is nice, but without the clear art and colors, they cannot add to its functionality. I will continue playing this current game, since there are not many choices left. For those of you who are not very familiar with the board game, I would suggest caution when purchasing this computer version of the beloved Catan Games
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Daveoh
27.4 hrs
Posted: August 5
This is mostly a good game but I cannot recommend it as it crashes so often and it does not have an autosave feature. Additionally the camera angle is often not suitable for gameplay, among other minor annoyances.
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kcghost
23.5 hrs
Posted: August 4
So this game is pretty good if you hack it.
1. I have never seen it crash, but plenty say it does. Set launch option "--ds" to autosave. Though personally, I have only managed to get it into an unplayable state by going into the help menu in the middle of a dialog (manged to quit the dialog and greyed out all turn options). Even then, I could still save and when reloaded on a new launch it was fine.
There are a couple other interesting options --guimode 1 (tablet mode) and --inputmode 1 (multitouch) as well. There is also --classicmenu but unfortunately it doesn't work right (I for one would like to *never* see the 3d models).
2. I always play in flat tiles mode, the 3d models just look ugly. But a distracting blur occurs when viewing the tiles at an angle. Edit Catan/resources/Graphics/World/Classic/Materials/classic-mayfair.material, classic_ValueChips.material and uncomment the anisotropic filtering, also set it high to like 16. No more blur!
3. You can edit Catan/resources/Graphics/World/Classic/Textures/classic_mayfair.dds to your hearts content, given a DDS plugin for GIMP. If you manage to get the Kosmos version of the tiles from the Ipad HD version of the game (hint: atlas_map_fields_kosmos_retina.pvr) and edit them in, it looks *much* better than the Mayfair tiles, despite a slightly lower resolution.

The achievements seem a little buggy; I was once awarded an achievment when the AI won the game, but whatevs.
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Grue
21.6 hrs
Posted: August 3
Would be a good implementation of the Cataan game if it was stable. Easily 50% of the games end partway through with an unrecoverable crash. There is no autosave function so you just have to start all over each time.
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Zallycat
4.0 hrs
Posted: July 22
Stick with the board game version of Settlers of Catan.

While the game itself has always been good, the Steam version crashes constantly. There is also no multiplayer. No MULTIPLAYER! For Settlers of Catan! Instead you are playing against cheating AI players with some very corny voice-acted dialogue...while the voice acting is passable, it really just detracts from the game.
The music is very basic. There are only one or two tracks, and it is more likely to put you to sleep than help you stay engaged.
The absolute worst, though, is the after-completion roll graph. It flat out lies. I tracked it myself the last couple of games, and while the roll graph maintained that the rolls were the expected bell curve, they weren't. The most common rolls in both games were 3 and 5. 7 was next, true, but the next highest after that was 2. I've noticed the computer players favoring areas with 2, 3, 4, and 5 over the 6 and 8 that are supposed to be the most common rolls aside from the robber.

Overall, Settlers IS a good game. Just buy the board game instead.
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MurdaFace86
7.7 hrs
Posted: July 22
Haven't tried online multiplayer, but local multiplayer and vs AI works great. AI is not perfect, but not noticably bad. Not sure what more you could ask for in this game. Great as far as video games based on board games I've played goes.
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XmagusX
43.6 hrs
Posted: July 16
This would be a wonderful game if it worked. Which it doesn't. Which makes it awful. Do not buy this game.

Dice are not random (seriously, how does that happen in *any* game?).

Game crashes a lot.

Game is no longer updated.

Game is advertised with features that do not actually work.

Avoid this game like the plague that it is.
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