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Easily my favorite game on Xbox Live Arcade, and well, well worth the MS Points (hell, I even went out and bought the physical board game!). A must-download.
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With easy to learn rules, but surprising strategic depth, Catan gets some company in the "Turn-Based Fun" genre of XBLA! I'm giving this one a much-deserving thumbs-up.
Carcassonne is a game anyone can play although the field of depth it will offer is so limited that you’ll experience most of its niceties within the first match you play. Continuing past my first impression that the game seemed an electronic version of a board game with grating audio - I would come to find reassurance that my purchase was justifiable for the Xbox Live play, if nothing else.
If you’re looking for a cheap title to build up your Xbox 360 library, Carcassonne is a nice choice. It not only provides ample entertainment, but is likely different from the other games you own. Check it out.
Carcassonne wurde nahezu perfekt als XBL Arcade-Titel umgesetzt. Das simple, aber taktisch facettenreiche Spielprinzip steht der prämierten Brettspielvorlage in nichts nach. Da lästiges Zählen komplett von der Xbox übernommen wird, spielt es sich sogar noch flüssiger und kurzweiliger als das Original - zumindest wenn man ein paar Freunde zur Hand hat oder in Xbox Live eingeloggt ist, denn allein wird der gewiefte Städte- und Straßenbau trotz integriertem Fluss-Addon sowie anpassbarer Regelwerke und KI-Stufen doch recht schnell langweilig. Im Mehrspielermodus läuft Carcassonne hingegen zur Höchstform auf: Im Gegensatz zu Catan sogar offline, wo bis zu drei geladene Rivalen mitmischen dürfen. Online können sogar fünf Baumeister an einer Partie teilnehmen - inklusive Headset und Vision Cam, wodurch fast schon die Atmosphäre eines geselligen Brettspielabends erreicht wird.
Carcassonne is bright and colorful. You get a good bit of depth and great amount of re-playability for the price. Sierra's little gem here is just what the doctor ordered for a slow paced and intriguing game. Especially when you feel like just winding down after a frantic 4 hours on Halo 2 or something. Even if you don't think you would like a "board game" on your Xbox 360, download the demo and check it out, you might just surprise yourself. With only a few complaints with the multiplayer lag and the single player AI idiocy, the game is definitely worth checking out.
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Carcassonne is the sort of board game that the Arcade needs more of: simple to pick up and play, but plenty of scope for competition and strategy for hardcore gamers. The games are quick, lots of fun, and the whole package is well polished and easy to use. So if you're open to something a little bit different, Carcassonne is well worth the 800 points!
Carcassonne is one of the better Xbox Live Arcade titles to date and is very nicely priced at 800 points. As a single-player title it's challenging (depending on the difficulty level you play against of course) and enjoyable but it's the multiplayer options that really make the game enjoyable and it's great that the game supports offline multiplayer as well as online multiplayer. As we mentioned earlier, Carcassonne, the board game, has had plenty of expansion packs which have really added to the experience. At the time of writing I don't know whether there are any expansion packs planned for this Xbox Live Arcade version of the game but I think it's a safe bet that there will be, especially as The River expansion has been included with the game. For those who enjoy their board games Carcassonne is highly recommended and even those who normally aren't fussed about such games would do well to download the trial version and give the game a whirl.
Carcassonne is without a doubt one of the best multiplayer games on Live Arcade right now, but the limited single player might leave those without friends a little depressed. That is, unless they take it online...
Prova de que os jogos de tabuleiro podem evoluir nos videogames, "Carcassonne" chega para complementar o excelente trabalho realizado em "Catan", outra adaptação que deu a cara a tapa e se saiu melhor do que os fãs mais acalorados poderiam esperar. A versão para Live Arcade pode pecar na simplicidade - aspecto que deve ser consertado no futuro, já que existe opção para compra de conteúdo no menu -, mas os toques de estratégia e a diversão online justificam o preço de cerca de US$ 10. Fica a torcida para que o próximo deste rol de desenvolvimento seja "The Game of Life" ("O Jogo da Vida", no Brasil), passatempo clássico criado em 1860.
That Carcassonne is a great game was never in question -- it's one of the most successful board games in recent years. The question was whether or not an Xbox Live Arcade version would retain what made the real-world game fun, and the answer is "indeed." There are no pieces to set up and lose, you can play against people all over the world, and at $10 it costs less than half of the retail version. A case could be made that this is a much better value than the physical game. In fact, you should probably just burn all your board games, because before long there's bound to be a great version of each one on XBLA.
Carcassonne is an enjoyable and addictive game that has as much shelf life as Catan, but might find its way into more casual gamer's libraries. Thumbs up from me, Carcassonne definitely deserves your affection and your 800 Microsoft Points.
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Much like Catan, Carcassonne is a great addition to Xbox Live Arcade. It’s exciting to see these popular board games make such a smooth transition into video games. It bodes well for future titles like Talisman, not to mention potential projects (Puerto Rico anyone?). In the meantime, if you’re fan of this board game or of city building games in general, Carcassonne is well worth spending your Microsoft Points on.
All things considered, Carcassonne is a solid addition to Live Arcade's slowly increasing library of board games. It isn't quite as deep or enthralling as something like Catan, but on the flipside, it's a much easier game to grasp and still contains plenty of strategic gameplay into which you can sink your teeth. If you enjoyed Catan or are at least interested in the notion of a simple-but-effective board game over Xbox Live, Carcassonne is worth checking out.
Although Carcassonne may not have the depth of strategy that you see in Catan, it still holds its own as a stable addition to the Live Arcade. Unlike Catan, just about anyone can learn how to play with easy to learn gameplay mechanics, making it a fun game play for gamers of all kinds. Simply said, if you enjoyed Catan, it’s most likely that Carcassonne is worth the 800 points.
For 800 points we would have liked to see a little more go into the game’s presentation, but the fact that completed features ‘pop out’ of the board in 3D is a nice touch. The medieval-style music could have done with being a bit more varied, too. Still, while board games on Xbox Live are not everyone’s cup of tea, those looking for a bit of fast-paced and fun strategy that’s actually quite relaxing to play, Carcasonne certainly delivers, and has the promise of tile-set expansions in the near future.
C'est un véritable bonheur de retrouver sur nos Xbox 360 un divertissement qui a jadis animé bien des soirées d'hiver autour d'une table. Bien que moins profond que Catan, également disponible sur Live Arcade, Carcassonne est un petit plaisir online qui ne se refuse pas.
It may not be Geometry Wars, Symphony of the Night, or Pac-Man: Championship Edition, but it doesn’t have to be. Carcassonne is what it is: an enjoyable excursion to the old European countryside . . . where you strive to build stone cities and rolling farmland, all while the subtle sound of flutes plays.
Carcassonne is a solid game in the Xbox 360's online multiplayer line-up, but if you're in the market for a board game designed by a German with a title that begins with the letter C, it's probably not quite as worthy of a purchase as Catan.