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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.[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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Score distribution:
  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. Hardcore Gamer
    80
    Catan is strategic, fun, and lets you screw over your friends, making it a perfect online party game. [July 2007, p.68]
  6. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    80
    One of the best board games of recent decades, translated perfectly to Live. [Aug 2007, p.91]
  7. Perhaps the biggest flaw though is that the controls never stop being cumbersome. With several important information screens requiring more than one button to be held to be seen (never mind a strange and convoluted "emoticon" system for multiplayer matches).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Apr 2, 2021
    10
    This was my first and only experience with Settlers of Catan. Penny Arcade used to have a podcast. I dunno if they still do, but they talkedThis was my first and only experience with Settlers of Catan. Penny Arcade used to have a podcast. I dunno if they still do, but they talked about this game, it intrigued me so I gave it a chance. And I loved it. The graphics really were nice, maybe even going a little overboard, but there is a low graphics mode too if you want a simpler display. The AI is fairly good and satisfying to beat. It tends to not want to trade with you no matter how good of a deal it would be for them when you are in the lead, but on the flip side you can exploit the AI by seeing how much they will give you for any one card by asking for more until they refuse to trade, Personally since the AI tends to work together against you I usually would employ a port strategy preferably around a single resources. I stack that resource as much as possible then link to the corresponding port then I can trade 2 of that resources for any resource I want. My xbox360 was stolen a few years ago, and this game was never made backwards compatible on xbox one. I don't think you can buy it anymore either. I wonder if you can play it on series x? Expand
  2. rastykH
    May 4, 2007
    10
    This is a great game. I love being able to play this whenever I want, and they did a great job with all parts of the game that I have seen. This is a great game. I love being able to play this whenever I want, and they did a great job with all parts of the game that I have seen. (I love the way they incorporated some of the "house rules" too). I own the board game, and that was fun -- this does a good job in translating it to the xbox. Expand
  3. NickG.
    May 28, 2007
    10
    Never heard of or played the original, but this game is a lot of fun. It takes a few rounds to pick up how to play, but once you do, Never heard of or played the original, but this game is a lot of fun. It takes a few rounds to pick up how to play, but once you do, there's a lot of strategy involved. Enjoyable both online and offline. Expand
  4. BrianW.
    May 4, 2007
    9
    Awesome game. Im so happy it came out. It only gets a 9 because of the bug in port trading after building on a port in the same turn.
  5. AllistairP.
    May 4, 2007
    9
    Board games are fun because you get to move the pieces around and hold cards and look at a colorful board. They are also a good time and make Board games are fun because you get to move the pieces around and hold cards and look at a colorful board. They are also a good time and make me feel smart (more so than GoW, even though I never win). So this version captures 90% of the things stated above. This is honestly a rip-off though. Not a rip-off but by no means a great deal. 3 board games are planned for release, so it would have been a GREAT DEAL to get all 3 for the 10 dollar price. Alas, we review the content and not the price (for the most part). So go buy it. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    May 4, 2007
    9
    The only reason I don't rate this a 10 is that the AI on Hard Mode, rather than being smart, simply colludes with other AI players to The only reason I don't rate this a 10 is that the AI on Hard Mode, rather than being smart, simply colludes with other AI players to stack the odds against the human player (one AI will volluntarily lose to ensure the other AI beats the human). Expand
  7. Mar 21, 2015
    0
    The AI plays three players against you! The dice are set to give AI all the cards they need, I have tried this game for the past two daysThe AI plays three players against you! The dice are set to give AI all the cards they need, I have tried this game for the past two days keeping record and it is clear whichever tiles the human needs are always the least rolled on the dice. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! get the board game version and play it with your friends, this version is a waste of money! Expand

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