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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Catan, based on the best-selling board game "Settlers of Catan," places you in the role of a colonist on a newly discovered imaginary island. Through strategy and trading, vie for control with other players over the territory and resources of this uncharted wilderness. Compete online with your friends from around the world, or go up against a computer personality. Features include an all-new 3-D "Living World" environment and robust computer gameplay to challenge all skill levels—even the experts. Difficulty levels: Play against historical personalities including Alexander, Cleopatra, and Tokugawa—a challenge to all skill levels, even experts! Also included is a "Learn As You Play" tutorial. House rules: Use popular house rules including Friendly Robber and Friendly Resources. Dice roll options: Choose from Randomized, Dice Deck with re-shuffling options. Multiplayer interaction: Taunt your opponents with engaging animations and emotes. Online support: Engane in multiplayer on Xbox LIVE (1-4 players, limited to one player per console) with Voice Chat enabled. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Captures the essence of the board game beautifully (quick to learn but hard to master).
  2. One of the best reasons for buying a game like Catan on XBLA—which comes with a cost of 800 Microsoft Points or about $10—is that you don’t have to know the rules and procedures that well.
  3. It’s not perfect, but overall this is possibly the most delightful surprise on XBLA since Geometry Wars came out of nowhere to be the platform’s killer app.
  4. A solid Arcade game when you get good people to play with over Live. Those already enthralled with the world of Catan are likely too busy building their empires to read this, but those not should definitely give this addictive and highly challenging board game a shot.
  5. The minimal animation style underscores that this is the deepest strategy and most hardcore game on Live Arcade, if not on the Xbox 360. [Jan 2007, p.96]
  6. Catan is strategic, fun, and lets you screw over your friends, making it a perfect online party game. [July 2007, p.68]
  7. If you're willing to put a little effort into learning the rules and nuances of Catan, you'll be rewarded with potentially endless amounts of strategic board game bliss. Although the AI opponents are remarkably interesting to play with, your Catan experience will hinge on getting your real friends to play with you.

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  1. Mar 22, 2012
    Uff, difficult, this game is good, but some parts of the game are boring, Catan is a good game, with some mistakes, is addictive, but is so strange. Good game, not excellent. Expand

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