The digital version of the classic board game
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 18 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
Great AI players, multiplayer gameplay, optimized controls for touchscreens
Overly simple graphics
Catan for Android brings the world-famous strategy board game directly to the mobile platform by faithfully recreating the game in a way that allows every aspect to be easily controlled via the touchscreen.
The mobile game is completely faithful to the original. Players can build settlements, roads and cities, collect resources, and rob other players. Before beginning their actions, each player can choose between playing a card or rolling the dice. The roll decides what resources are distributed to which player; provided they have a settlement near the resource node that corresponds to the number on the dice.
The game offers fun for all ages and does so through the use of almost identical visuals to the original game. Though the retro feel is great, and reminds us of the original, it feels like the developers missed the chance to expand on the original and make full use of the powerful devices available to users.
Overall Catan is a hugely entertaining mobile game and brings the immense fun of the board game to video game form. This opens it to a whole new audience, while still being accessible to fans of the original. The game’s main issue comes with the online community. Although I’ve never had an issue finding other players to enjoy the game with, it is highly frustrating when one of those players either leaves the game unattended, or suddenly quits in the middle of the game. This can be circumvented by inviting friends to play, or by playing against some AI players.