• Publisher: USM
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Device: iPad
  • Size: 108.9 MB
  • Version: 4.3.0
  • Price: $4.99
  • Average User Rating: 4.2 (5)
App description: "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 skills 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", "Cities and Knights" and two new special scenarios 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 Catans new wealth! Youll need your best knights to fend them off! C&K contains a short campaign and 7 challenging maps.

Exciting adventures await you in the two new scenarios "Enchanted Land" and "The Great Canal". Vanquish dragons and bag their treasures or build a canal to help barren grain fields bloom once more.

Features:

- Available languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
- Original "Settlers of Catan" rule set
- Update 4.0+: Synchronous online multiplayer games
- 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: An expansion seems gone after an update or reinstallation of Catan or after restoring the device?
Answer: Dont worry, your initial purchase is already saved in your iTunes account. You can restore your InApp purchases by selecting the restore-option in the Catan IAP menu.

Question: I lost my campaign progress after reinstalling, updating or restoring my device. Is there any way to restore it?
Answer: When saved games cant be automatically restored, weve integrated a cheat code: In the campaign mode go to select player and enter "CatanWarp*" (* = 115) as your player name and confirm. Exit the game via the home button and restart it. The campaign can now be continued from the specified level number (115). Levels up to the specified number will be unlocked in the custom game mode as well.

Question: Are dice rolls really random?
Answer: Of course! All dice rolls are 100% random and not modified in any way. Were avid Catan players ourselves. Weve played the iOS version hundreds of times while developing the program. There have been times when we won and lost a few games in a row because of the dice - just like when playing the board game!


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Questions or suggestions for improvements:
Mail to ios@usm.de
We are looking forward to your feedback!

Please do not ask your questions in the reviews as we do not have the possibility to respond to you there.

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09-29-2010, 10:45 AM
#11
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 4,493
So this is basically the iphone version stretched to ipad and a few extra players in hot seat? USM really likes to make you double dip with no real enhancements
09-29-2010, 10:47 AM
#12
Quote:
Originally Posted by VeganTnT View Post
So this is basically the iphone version stretched to ipad and a few extra players in hot seat? USM really likes to make you double dip with no real enhancements
This is what I am wondering. I currently play the iPhone version on the iPad, hard to tell if anything is different.

09-29-2010, 10:56 AM
#13
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 586
Sorry to sound like a total noob, but what is "Hot Seat" multiplayer?

Also, since it sounds like some folks have the iPhone version, is the AI fun to play with in Single Player?

Thanks for any replies!

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09-29-2010, 11:21 AM
#14
Quote:
Originally Posted by VeganTnT View Post
So this is basically the iphone version stretched to ipad and a few extra players in hot seat? USM really likes to make you double dip with no real enhancements
Yes, this is an exceedingly disappointing release. It appears to be no different than the iPhone app, so I had to pay again for no improvements. This version still smacks of a lazy port of a cell phone game. Ugly graphics that have annoying animation that can't be turned off. Lots of wasted space in the graphical layout so it looks like mostly ocean. Very little effort went into designing to take advantage of the iPad. Clunky UI with small buttons and too many presses/swipes to get what you want. No online multiplayer. No tutorial, so the game will be very unfriendly to new players. I wish I could take my purchase back. No expansions.

Carcassonne set the bar very high for board game apps on the iPhone/iPad. When you compare this Catan to Carcassone it brings tears to your eyes. It amazes me that developers can't look at an app like Carcassone and immediately see what is lacking in their app. Carcassone is a pleasure to play. This Catan, like the iPhone version, is constantly frustrating to play.
09-29-2010, 11:28 AM
#15
damn. this was going to be a furious INSTANT BUY for me on the ipad but now I'm starting to waver. Disappointing.
09-29-2010, 11:53 AM
#16
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: World, now Belgium
Posts: 3,031
Same here.
09-29-2010, 12:42 PM
#17
This version does indeed look like another port of the sub-standard cell phone game. I tried the Nintendo DS version a while back and it's the same ported version as all the others. Interface is terrible and is painful to play - and I love Settlers! I so wish a capable developer could get the license for Settlers...I guess I'll just keep on dreaming.
09-29-2010, 12:54 PM
#18
Lame, especially on the heels of Samurai and Neuroshima Hex announcing universal builds...

Truth is while I love Catan, I already don't really like the iPhone version, no way I'd even consider this.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!
09-29-2010, 01:36 PM
#19
Two more games with vastly superior implementations than this Catan. Add in Kingsburg, Mu, Tichu, Small World, Medici, etc. and it is very sad that Catan was done so poorly. It deserves much better.
09-29-2010, 01:57 PM
#20
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: World, now Belgium
Posts: 3,031
Change og hearth. I go for carcassone.

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