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This game is one which requires strategic thinking and the ability to change
your plans in the roll of a dice. Players compete to build the largest
civilization through acquiring and trading resources which can be spent on
roads, new settlements and upgrading settlements to cities.
The rules can seem pretty confusing at first, but after a few turns you start
to get the hang of just how resources are doled out and how to best
The special “Development cards” keep things interesting as you trade
resources on a random card which could give you an extra “victory point”
(first player with ten wins) or a knight to bolster your army, or a monopoly
allowing you to have any resource you wish from all of the other players. The
twists and turns that unfold as you play keep this game interesting and intense
Game is best with three or more players, and gameplay for us was about
90 minutes with four players.
This game is so good that we played it once with friends and now want to get
Fantastic game. Lots to do when it's not your turn. You win by being the
fastest builder – you don't have to grind everybody else down, so it's still
fun if you lose. Only two main pages of rules, but lots of scope for strategy,
if you're that way inclined…
This game absolutely revolutionized my evenings, social life and in general
my lifestyle. It involves a complex interplay of both strategy as well as pure
chance, and no two games are the same. This is the base game and the extensions
further enhance this great game, although it in itself is of utmost quality and
in recent times has superceded RISK as the most exciting, and strategic oriented
board game I have ever played.
Great game, and Mighty Ape have it at a much cheaper price than the
stores…will need to buy the expansion next.
My friends introduced me to this game and I'm totally hooked – we try to
have a game a week if possible! It's easy to set up and understand the rules.
I highly recommend this game.
It says ages 10 & up on the box, but my 8yr old has no trouble with it.
Check out the youtube video on playing this game too. (search for Geek &
Sundry Tabletop Settlers of catan)
We recently purchased this board game and it has become an instant hit with
everyone, from an 8 year old to a 50 year old!
If you are worried about reading and learning pages of rules, don't! The
rules are spread over 4 pages with plenty of colourful diagrams, which makes it
clear and easy to understand. I have often put a board game away simply because
the rules were poorly written or just far too long and complicated to learn.
This is not the case here.
The beauty of this game is that behind the simple rules lies a game of
cunning strategy, with a dose of luck. There are multiple ways to win and you
need to be wary of what others are trying to do.
One thing that makes this game stand out from most others is ‘player
involvement’. Even if it is not your turn, you collect resources based on
opponents dice throws and can trade with the player who is throwing the dice.
You are constantly involved which is a big plus if, like me, you get bored,
waiting for your turn, in most other board games.
Another big point of difference is the often hilarious verbal exchanges on
nearly every turn as players try to secure the best trade they can based on
their hand of resource cards.
The game lasts around 90 minutes which is perfect as it allows the option to
play ‘one more game’.
Also, the hexagonal tile design means that every game will be slightly
different as the tiles can be arranged randomly.
At $70+ this game is well worth the money. It will bring friends and family
together in a way only board games can. It will cost less than a group outing to
the movies and be on your shelf forever, ready to be played again
We quickly learned the rules after one game. It is the only board game
enjoyed by the whole family.
This clever game has depth and replayability. This is due in the main to the
random tile layout each game provides. Really fun must have board game for
2 – 4 or up to 6 players with the expansion.
Arrived very quickly; nicely packaged for safe delivery; Brand new product.
Good Price. Am a happy customer thanks :)
Enjoyable game, good to have a game where you're doing something all the
time, not just on your turn. Good to try different strategies, really enjoying
Fabulolus game – have been wanting to get it for ages – really pleased
with the product and prompt, excellent service. thanks mighty ape
This is a great game for older children – who will find the on line
tutorial very useful as it is a bit complex to get started. It is challenging in
different ways each time. I like how it takes just the right length of time to
finish a game. There seems to be a good mix of skill and luck although as we
play it more skill might begin to be more of a factor. There is an interesting
selection of well designed playing pieces. There is lots of potential for
changing the board once you get the hang of it – and the tactics needed to
win will change with the board. We have had problems with fitting the pieces in
different configurations but they are still playable with care.
My brothers have had this game for ages and I totally love it! So happy to
have bought it now!!!
My friends and I thoroughly enjoy the settlers of Catan game. Hours of
entertainment for everyone, its a mainstay, and I am constantly asked to bring
the game over to get togethers etc…
Until I met this game I thought board games were for kids – now it's a
great way to follow up a dinner party. Fun for 2 to 4 players (or more with an