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Catan (5th Edition) - Base Game

Spiel des Jahres 1995 Game of the Year Winner
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"Faultless! A perfectly designed board game and loads of FUN!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

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.

36 out of 37 people found this review helpful.
"The greatest game I have ever played"
5 stars"

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and the extensions further enhance this great game, although it in itself is of utmost quality and in recent times has superceded RISK as the most exciting, and strategic oriented board game I have ever played.

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.
"Great game with friends, or the family"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

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…

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.


Welcome to the world of Catan – a beautiful and uncharted island rich in natural resources. You and your fellow settlers must build, trade, and strategize your way to supremacy on Catan. This fifth edition of the game boasts new artwork, redesigned components, and streamlined rules for a more intuitive gameplay experience.

To begin, players build the game board using hexagonal terrain tiles, creating a unique island with mountains, pastures, hills, fields, and forests. Each player starts with two small settlements on spaces where three terrain hexes meet, and the game begins with the roll of two dice. The number rolled corresponds to the resources that each player receives from the terrain hexes adjacent to their settlements.

With these resources, players can build roads and new settlements or upgrade their existing settlements to cities. Each settlement is worth 1 victory point, and each city is worth 2 victory points. The first player to reach 10 victory points wins the game.

But it's not just about building – trading and strategy are also key components of the game. Resources are traded among players, and players must skillfully manage their resources to succeed.

With its beautiful design, easy-to-learn rules, and endless strategic possibilities, Catan is a classic game that has stood the test of time. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a new player, you'll find endless hours of fun and excitement on the shores of Catan.

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Release date Australia
April 15th, 2008
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Number of Players
Play Time
60-90 minutes
Recommended Age
10 years or over
Board Game Type
Board Game
Board Game Requirement
Base Game
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All-time sales rank
Top 10
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