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 spend them.
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 throughout.
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 our own!
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 and 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 derails you.
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 little ones.
I got this game so I have my own copy of it. Great game stragety, luck, and how you work with other players
My 10 year old son and 12 year old daughter caught onto this game in less than 15 minutes. They LOVE it – as do their parents! When it comes to the strategy, this game definitely offers more than your average board game. We plan on purchasing an expansion for this game very soon, as that apparently only doubles the fun (and possibilities).
Bought as a birthday present for the dad of the family and we have all enjoyed many games. Youngest, six, is great at it! A must for holidays.
This game is very fun. Allow a few hours to get to learn the game, and after that is very easy and straightforward. Highly recommended to anyone, especially if they enjoy strategy.
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 our board!
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. Great game!
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 replay value!
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 Chance.
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 the investment.
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 playing it
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 expansion!)