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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 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
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
I first saw Settlers of Catan in a video on Reddit. I then saw the boys
from Big Bang Theory play it in an episode. So I had to try it. NO REGRETS.
This game is AMAZING! The level of competitiveness in this game is unique as it
doesn't cause major conflict between players the way RISK or Monopoly does. The
amount of variations and scenarios that come from the multitude of expansions
means every game is different too. A definite MUST HAVE for strategic board
gamers. Perfect game for 3–4 people.
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.
Looking for a board game as a distraction from the computer, I came upon
this game. After watching a 10 min youtube guide to the game, coupled with the
instruction manual the rules were surprisingly easy to pick up. My friends and
I had a great time playing this game (most of us haven't touched a board game
in 12+ years). The game has a fair amount of strategic depth and a random factor
in setup to ensure no two games are the same.
We can't wait to play again.
This game promised do much yet delievered what I hate most in games and
thats “Luck based gaming” of course you can increase your chances through
out the game but by then you could be left in the dust by your opponents. It
dosen't feel any better when you cream someone either as you know they just had
bad dice rolls.
One of the most entertaining board games I know. It is highly entertaining
and just when you think are you are top, somebody pulls a sneaky move and
Got told about it & it sounded good, played it & it is, bought it
& been playing it like crazy since. In my view it really is the best board
game -full stop.
Cant go wrong with this game easy to learn to play even for the
Bought this as a birthday gift last month & it has been quite the hit.
Easy to learn, plays 3–4 and with some rule adjustment, 1v1 is just as
competitive. Definitely looking forward to adding the next adventure to
Catan was one of the first designer boardgames that I played. Its rules are
easy to understand and its lots of fun. If your looking at getting into
boardgames, this is easily one of the games that I would recommend as a
starting point. And with this new 5th edition, there is some nicer artwork on
the components, but still compatible with things from the previous edition.
Hours of fun.
Arrived in less than 24hours and has been played ever since. Great game
always gets me lucky when we play on date night…
Awesome game.. I bought an expansion pack with my game, so allows up to
6 players which makes it more fun. I think I will have to invest in one of
the other expansions as well.. either the pirates or traders and barbarians
Intergenerational game with a lot of decision making and discussion. Has easy
to follow instructions and fosters fun and competition. Only complaint… We
want to get the extension!
Catan is ‘the’ classic. Expansions are not required for the base version
and is a great game all by itself. If anything the 5–6 player expansion is a
great buy as it increases the island size for 4 players to play upon.
This game is worth every cent. Great for families!
Fun easy to play strategic game
When the kids are old enough to play this (usually around the time where they
want to ditch their parents … Say 11 or 12) introduce this game. Suddenly
‘Family Time’ isn't so lame.
Having had this game for many years, we've played it with friends and family.
The one I've just purchased from Mighty Ape, was a gift for a young man who has
just turned 20. He was so excited to take it back home with him.
Settlers of Catan is great. There is plenty of strategy and great
Settlers of Catan is a great strategy game. It seemed a bit daunting and
complicated at first, but don't let that put you off, once you get the hang of
it it's great. My 10 year old son managed to figure it all out and taught me
how to play. Once again, another great product and service from the crew at
Mighty Ape. Thank you.
Very neat board game that requires thinking ahead and you need to learn how
to trade to your advantage
This game is reasonably complex to learn at the beginning of first game,
however on playing becomes clearer. Love that the interior of the island changes
layout therefore the game changes each time plus the dice introduces lady
Our family are self proclaimed board game nuts. This is the game to rule all
games. Quick to learn but complex enough to never get bored of, it is well worth
Bought this for my sister for Xmas and now want to get another one for me!
The game takes about 5–10 minutes to get into as there is a lot going on, but
once you are in, you are hooked. Excellent strategic game.
Was purchased for Fathers Day and has been played multiple times since.
Always good fun.
Excellent service, prompt speedy dispatch
Epic game. Wife was sceptical, but now enjoys playing.
A good strategy game. Still quite a bit of luck in it with the dice but
it's quick to pick up and very entertaining. There are plenty of expansions to
cater to bigger groups and increasing the complexity of the game.
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.
Great game. Check out the youtube video on playing this game too. (search for
Geek & Sundry Tabletop Settlers of catan)
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