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This is hands-down one of the best titles on Xbox Live Arcade. It's certainly worth the price and definitely deserving of the high review score I'm giving it.
Lawrence (Aug 13, 2007)
I didn’t know until recently that European board games are apparently amazing. Carcassonne and Catan recently made that obvious to me. This title (based on Settlers of Catan) involves building cities and roads to earn victory points to defeat your opponent. It sounds a bit like Carcassonne in concept, but it’s actually quite different. Catan is dice-based, and you’ll earn various goods based on the roll. You’ll use wheat, ore, bricks, lumber, and wool in your attempt to reach 10 victory points before your opponents. Highly addictive.
85 (May 08, 2007)
Wer von Catan schon als Brettspiel nicht genug kriegen konnte, wird auch die XBL Arcade-Umsetzung lieben. Aufbau und Spielablauf sind mit dem Original identisch und die Handhabung ist ausgesprochen komfortabel. Sogar das virtuelle Handeln wurde vorbildlich gelöst. Zudem können diverse Spezialregeln festgelegt und aufschlussreiche Statistiken eingeblendet werden. Doch auch wer die Vorlage nicht kennt und ein Faible für simple Aufbauspiele mit hohem Glücksfaktor hat, findet rasch ins Spiel und kommt so schnell nicht mehr davon los. Allerdings nur online, denn allein gegen KI-Kontrahenten zu spielen wird schnell langweilig. Aber auch so ist Catan ein ausgezeichneter XBL-Titel, den man immer wieder gerne startet und der einfach nie langweilig wird - und das nicht nur, weil man online immer wieder auf neue Kontrahenten und Strategien trifft. Ein echter Klassiker!
Xboxdynasty (XD) (May 14, 2007)
Die Siedler von Catan ist eins der Spiele, die einfach zu erlernen sind, aber man lange braucht, um sie zu perfektionieren. Wer das Brettspiel mag, wird auch mit der virtuellen Version seinen Spaß haben. Vor allem mit Freunden über XBox Live macht es richtig viel Spaß. Allerdings ist Catan kein Spiel für Gelegenheitszocker, da man für ein Spiel 45 bis 90 Minuten einplanen muss. Wer diese Zeit gewillt ist aufzubringen, wird mit einem der besten Arcadespiele belohnt, die man zur Zeit downloaden kann. Und das für gerade mal 800 MS Points.
TalkXbox (May 05, 2007)
Catan for Xbox Live Arcade is a superb addition to anyone’s library. Its accessibility and user-friendliness will allow people of all skill types to have a blast. Even if this wasn’t your type of game in the past, Catan may just make you a believer.
Catan is an odd choice to lead the board-game charge onto the Xbox Live Arcade, but Big Huge Games have done a phenomenal job of recreating the experience on the console. It may not be everybody's cup of tea, but Catan is a great change of pace for multiplayer fans, and the singleplayer A.I. is more than competent enough to keep everyone else busy. At the very least you owe it to yourself to grab the demo and give Catan a try, you never know, you might be sold on it!
81 (May 04, 2007)
While Catan is not quite as simple and not quite as addictive as advertised, it’s a great change of pace from more frantic games even in the strategy genre. It only takes a few tries to fully understand the specifics behind the game, and the reward is a lengthy and relaxing game that you’ll find yourself going back to for an occasional break from the day to day online experience.
UOL Jogos (May 04, 2007)
Anúncio de "Catan" para Live Arcade rendeu 10 milhões de "vivas" ao redor do planeta. Além de realizar sonho dos fãs do tabuleiro, que agora podem medir forças na rede do Xbox 360, também é oportunidade para novatos conhecerem porque esse game influenciou tantos outros desde o seu lançamento na Alemanha. A conversão é competente, mas um arquivo de correção para aumentar o tamanho das letras para aqueles que jogam em TVs convencionais seria bem-vindo. Altamente recomendado para quem aprecia games de tabuleiro e estratégia.
GameSpot (May 02, 2007)
Catan isn't going to appeal to everyone. At its heart, it's a fairly esoteric turn-based strategy game with a dry sensibility. There's no flashiness to what Catan does, but that's fine for what it is. It simply takes the original board game and dresses it up slightly for Xbox Live Arcade consumption. If you're looking for something simple to supplant your current Uno addiction, Catan probably isn't going to do it for you. But if you like turn-based strategy games with relatively easy-to-learn mechanics and very satisfying gameplay, Catan offers precisely that.
75 (Jan 23, 2008)
Cette adaptation fidèle des Colons de Catane s'adresse certes aux fans de la première heure et aux amateurs de stratégie, mais elle permet également et surtout de faire découvrir, agréablement et pour une somme modique, un jeu de plateau culte à ceux qui n'ont pas l'habitude de ce type de divertissement.
70 (UK) (May 04, 2007)
Still, despite its many mistakes (it's worth mentioning some horrifically insipid music, too) the masterpiece of design that is The Settlers of Catan still shines through. It may be the best board games ever made, in fact, and even in this slightly crippled form, Catan is a unique strategy title with a multiplayer option that's often worth 800 points alone. Even if you do have to squint.