Catan Classic Positive Reviews
Great UI, Hilariously Flawed AII have had this App for years. And have played a lot. I love Catan and the app is pretty good, but as seen in other reviews there is both silly and frustrating AI behavior. They definitely team up on you when you’re about to win, but not each other. The probability of 7’s being rolled when you’re about to win is comically probable. The AI definitely play knight cards when they don’t even have development cards. The trading with AI is tilted toward the human player—basically because you can always keep asking them over and over what they would give to maximize your gain, which no human would put up with. The AI will sometimes build roads in directions that have no value whatsoever. And while I believe that the dice roll may match the bell curve, there is definitely a high probability of your numbers being rolled while it’s blocked by the robber. And also a higher likelihood than normal that all your numbers will get rolled in sequence followed by a seven. I think the AI’s weren’t smart enough initially to challenge human players, so they added all of these strange handicaps..Version: 4.7.5
Fun Game, Unfair A.I.Great base game, but the programmers have not taken the time to implement proper A.I. Instead of the computer using strategy and cunning, it will manipulate the outcome so the robber is constantly thrown against you, rolls on your settlements are then thrown while robber occupied. As well, even when using the Stack dice roll option, if the computer can’t outthink you, it will devolve into ignoring the Stack rule and give your numbers less roll chance (I have screenshots proving this). Lastly, and the most obvious and annoying cheap tactic is that when playing against three A.I. opponents, one of them always seems to relegated itself as the sacrificial lamb in order to trade whatever the other two A.I. players need at any given time. Again, the base game is great, the different modes are super fun, but the unfair A.I. curbs the excitement. An important note- I’m not saying this out of frustration because I’m losing, I probably win 65%+ of the time, but I want to win against an A.I. with more fine-tuned programming. Lastly, I hope the devs aren’t saving all their programming efforts for the always online, less awesome version of Catan. PLEASE just perfect this one! Thank you!!.Version: 4.7.5
Decent but AI is blatantly aimed against youI loved the board game and truly excited and have enjoyed the creation of this app; however, the Artificial Intelligence is clearly calculated against you and to an unrealistic degree.
I know the roll of the die are left up to “chance,” but your number gets rolled repeatedly once the robber has been placed on that number. Once you are ahead and nearing victory, you will get hit with an onslaught of knight cards, robber rolls, monopoly cards and 12+ rolls with not a single one of your numbers coming up in order to keep you at bay. You could offer the same trade to an AI player that they just offered you and they reject it, to only re-offer it on their subsequent turn.
I don’t want a game where human intellect can easily outthink a simple cyclical algorithm from the Computer, and I genuinely appreciate the cunningness of the AI thwarting you in strategic ways. But, I have often just quit a game when it becomes a relentless calculated attack. I wish the creators could make the adjustment to receive the 5 stars this app otherwise warrants..Version: 4.7.5
Faithful Recreation for MobileThere’s not much to say, if you like the game, you’ll likely enjoy the app as it is faithful to the original game. I’ve played 100’s of games and can tell you the dice roll randomly (though you will still lose some games due to them not always following the bell curve), and there’s nothing to back up the game being rigged besides some users feeling cheated that a game had an unusual number of 12’s or 3’s. You can even check the stats at the end of the game to see what numbers were rolled most often.
It’s main fault comes with the AI. The computer players have limited intelligence and will allow you to always fish for a better trade deal or build towards a spot you’ll obviously head them off on. This makes it easier to win, but they are still competitive enough to win if the dice don’t fall your way.
Lastly, the game will occasionally start to crash by not displaying some pop-ups. This is easily solved by backing out of the game and re-entering, but that should ideally Not be needed. Only bug I’ve found..Version: 4.7.2
Great UI but too much bsI love how seamless this app is when transitioning from the board game to the app. It's so much easier than you think it would be and it is a really good use of spare time. Quite frankly, for the catan enthusiast, it's great, especially when you fork out the 12 bucks for the whole package.
After playing countless games against the AI Bots in this game, my only beef is that the game clearly tries to equalize itself too much. I can't tell you how many times I've been ahead by 5 victory points only to have the game roll a ridiculous amount of 7s and other nonsensical numbers just to try to equalize things. Just got done playing a game where I was a staggering 6 victory points ahead with one to go for the win, only to have the app roll an ungodly amount of 7s, 3s, 11s, and 2s until the computer finally caught up to 'give me a run for my money'. It's honestly frustrating and blatantly obvious the game tries to equalize. Game should've been over in two turns, stretched the game out to 12 more turns.Version: 4.6.2
Definitely not as bad as people sayI’ve spent the past year playing this game. I’ve read more than a few reviews about how the game is unfair or it’s impossible to win, etc and that’s not true. Sometimes the game players do make weird decisions but they each have a specific way they’re programmed to play, and just like playing with real people, you can figure out their style and use it against them. When I first started playing the game I think it was about 20 games or more before I finally won. Now? I win a good 75% of the games. So the game isn’t impossible, it just requires critical thinking and strategy planning, learning your opponents weaknesses, etc.
My only complaint is that the latest update made all of the lettering insanely small. Luckily I have an iphone 8 Plus or I’d never be able to see it. So here’s hoping that gets fixed asap. Other than that, I think this game is fantastic because easy games get boring quickly and I’ve played this game for hours on end for a year and still love it..Version: 4.6.9
Still fun, but the dice randomness could use some workI have had to develop a whole new strategy to pivot from real life strategy. The dice and subsequently the robber will almost certainly fall out of your favor after you earn a single additional victory point. The AI is hyper fueled to gain development cards and the robber is constantly working against you. If you try to acquire a dev card, it is almost never a knight card. ANYTIME you have over 7 resources someone rolls a 7. EVERYTIME. There have been games where the robber has been thrown 4-5 times in a row and then knight card are tossed around. I had 6 resources go down to zero after the robber was tossed back and forth on my hexes in tandem by AI. This would very rarely happen in real life. Unless I stole someone’s dog and the table responded John Wick style to my aggression. My strategy has been basically to clear my hand every turn. AI also never trades, ever. Have to rely soupy on ports. If you can get over the fact this doesn’t play life real life, then it does get fun. You still have that same sense of accomplishment when you see “Lord of Catan” populate..Version: 4.7.5
I don’t have to pretend anymore.All the “kids” (12 year olds through 32 year olds) would sit around at family gatherings and play Catan. Us old folks (45 to 60) would pretend to know what was going on with the game. This app has made learning the game easier and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve always enjoyed turn based games that combine strategy, expansion, resource management , and cooperative elements, so Catan is a winner for me. I’d give the game a better score, but the online aspects of the game don’t seem to work.. I’m not a lost Boomer who’s unable to navigate the internet either. I’m the excel, db, computer question go to person at the place where I work. I can reset the PW 100 times, but it still says it’s wrong.. so I’ll just play against the AI for now and when I’m ready, I’ll try another App for online play. We’ll worth $5 too.. I spend more on a double mocha frappewappechinolatte drink down at Starbigsby donuts.. (I think that covers it all).Version: 4.7.5
My experience..So, I love Catan, playing the board game with friends/family. I’ve been playing for several years and have had the app for a couple years now. It’s fun to play the original map and to try the other ones (seafarers, etc). My only complaint is that the AI WILL NEVER/RARELY trade with you. Playing with humans there is a lot more trading going on. Playing with AI I can almost guarantee that I will never get anything from them. So I often do a 4:1 trade or strategize to get a port. But, the AI players constantly trade and always ask a million ways and times for that ore that you just drew of course. I often toggle the “no more trading with anyone til my turn” button. I have even played around with giving an opponent a resource that I may need or want to see if they reciprocate the favor later (you know, like a human might do). But no. No absolutely not. All in all it’s a fun app/game and I do enjoy playing as often as I want..Version: 4.7.5
Near FlawlessThe game is amazing and true to the classic. The ease at which it plays and the pieces move is incredible. Visually, it’s great and I also love all the settings that you can change to make the game you’re own. I also think the prices are in line and had no problem forking over the money to play my favorite board game of all time.
Now the reason for the star deduction. Fix the NBA Jam style AI. It’s almost laughable sometimes. It’s to the point where I can guess dice rolls. Sure, when you’re in the lead, the others will be gunning for you, so I understand, to a point, the knight jumping from your space, to your space, to your space, etc. etc. etc. (the AI always seems to have an endless supply of knight cards when you’re ahead). However, you better not end a turn with over 7 cards when in the lead, because you’ll definitely be missing some cards before your next..Version: 4.7.5
Don't download if you love your phoneBecause you will be tempted to beat your phone with a hammer if you play this version. Yes, I've played countless games of catan with real humans and understand the drama that is catan. However, you will find that your ai opponents have a nearly unlimited supply of knight and monopoly cards and that possessing ownership of as many as 10 of the 12 numbers available in the range of possibilities may result in the other two numbers being rolled so exclusively that you go 4 rounds without receiving a single resource. You think you know how frustrating the robber can be? Just wait. In short, the programmers must have been slighted by their wages or resented the project somehow. They are quietly chuckling everyday in the knowledge that they are torturing the minds of catan faithful worldwide. To be fair, it is a beautiful interface. Very user friendly and completely addictive. Nonetheless, I happily flushed the money I spent on this game down the toilet and deleted it from my phone. Life is good again..Version: 4.6.2
Holy Shizz! I beat the AII was just introduced to the board game this past week whilst on vacation, and as soon as we played our first game -- I was hooked!
Decided to give the mobile game a go because I know this will be the only chance I get to get my fix of Settlers in. Read the reviews which said that the AI becomes basically impossible to beat which meant I definitely had to try it.
But first, I tried the online experience -- definitely something left to be desired there. Wait time to find a lobby was long, and once I was able to join a game the group suffered connection issues and players exiting and entering the game. So yeah, first online Settlers attempt...not so great.
But why wait around for some noobs to POSSIBLY play their turn, when you can get instant gratification from playing AI!? So, I scroll through the custom game set-up mode, and before you know it, I'm laying down the foundation of becoming The Lord of Catan!
Lemme tell you, the game held true to the reviews I read. The computer seems to pull off these ridiculous come from behind wins; rolling an absurd amount of 7s, and rallying together to play back to back to back knight cards against you! I was determined though. Every loss was motivation to try a different approach, and what do you know....6 hours later, I finally friggin beat the AI. Yessir. I can finally go to bed!.Version: 4.6.2
AI > Laws of ProbabilityI once played a game where I placed my first two settlements near 8’s. Yes, both settlements would get a harvest if anyone rolled an eight. First roll, 8. I got wood and a brick…never to see another 8 rolled again! 5’s we’re most common and 9’s. So not out of the realm of reality, but one 8? Just one? And the AI seemed to have an unlimited amount of Knight cards! Just decimated my chance to win…and yet, (I was playing the oasis map) AI makes foolish trades. I got into the clouds and placed my settlement and cities on the “multiverse” land hex. It was a nine and I had three cities around it. I won because of longest road, cities (I did have a settlement near a rock 6 later in the game) and victory cards found in the clouds. I only play oasis now because of the AI’s knack of rolling 7’s and having all the knight cards, and to get some space to get all the numbers so no matter what the roll is, I get something..Version: 4.7.5
Great Game - Unfair AILike many reviews, I could spell out the flaws that make this game less fun. The board game is a blast and this one is very close to great. The only problem is the users need the company to read this feedback and to make the probabilities more fair. The dice for AI players tend to roll the live players number very frequently when the Robber is blocking that spot. The ganging up of AI players against the human is extremely evident. There are several flaws that have been mentioned throughout these reviews. I plan to keep playing but hope these can get fixed to improve the game. It could be a 5 star game I shout about front the mountaintops but for these little programming needs.
How about an updated version to address some of them?
Maybe even a few more AI players with varying ratings in each category. I bought this for each of my family members phones and there need to be a few more novice-like players for when people are learning..Version: 4.7.5
Fun, yet frustrating...I like the game Catan, yet I rarely am able to bring it to the tabletop at home. I'm lucky to play it a few times a year. So, I got the app version in order to be able to play it more frequently. It was good fun for about a month. After that it was just irritating. Why? The dice rolling generator is anything but random. The game seems to have a built-in "catch up" feature for the AI players. If I get out to a strong lead, I will get hammered by the computer with the die rolls. Seriously! There have been games where I have gone as many as four rounds without being able to do a thing because the dice have come up 7's four times in a roll, causing me to lose half my cards and then having the AI players continually placing the Thief on my hexes. Meanwhile, the dice roll 11 or 12 again and again so the hexes they control keep on producing. Ridiculous! I had to delete it from my phone or risk throwing it. The game needs a true number randomized to be truly good..Version: 4.6.2
Good implementation, OK AIThis is a good implementation of the classic board game. So far I’ve only played on the included base levels and haven’t seen any annoying ads or upgrade offers that plague many games these days. Thinking about other people’s comments - the included AI players do tend to buy a lot of resource cards as opposed to many human’s road/settlement focused early games, and that can take some getting used to. Also, the “friendly robber mode” setting can make it feel like you’re getting hammered by the robber if you’re the first/only player over two points early on. I often purposely avoid getting any (non-victory card) points until several of the the AI players do, focusing on roads (4 or fewer on a row) and cards - then add settlements in later so the robber is spread more evenly. Anyway, this is a pretty good implementation of the classic and well worth the price..Version: 4.7.0
Fix the crashesI’ve been playing this game for years, and I agree with what many other reviewers have indicated about the AI teaming up and the unfair rolling of the dice. Also, the AI is not trading when they have the resource and they actually need the resource you’re trading because they don’t have it but make the same trade when it’s their turn. And the multiple knight cards being played beyond the number in the deck. And roads sometimes appearing where they shouldn’t and they don’t make sense. I’ve actually screenshot of where they build a road into the water. No kidding, but my biggest issue right now is my game crashes since my device iOS was updated to 16.2 so while you’re fixing the crash, please fix some of these unfair tactics of these AI players. Thank you very much I love Catan..Version: 4.7.5
The AI Cheats; Still GreatThe AI absolutely cheats on the more difficult mode. I have no doubt of this. Yet, this game is still great. I never lose when I play in real life, because I’ve played against the cheating AI and learned how to win regardless.
The only other quibble I might have is that the computer won’t ever trade multiple of the same resource. Ever, that I’ve seen. It will occasionally trade you, say, one wheat, one brick, and one stone, in exchange for one sheep, but it will never trade, for example, two or three wheat for one stone.
Meanwhile, you can see if the computer will trade for something, then just keep adding the other resources from the AI. Usually, you can get extra resources that way, whereas in real life, it never works that way. People in real life are far more likely to walk away from trades in real life if you try to renegotiate. The computer will always just give you more, assuming it has more. That is sort of the opposite of cheating, and it’s way too easy and tempting to avoid. That could be randomized or fixed somehow, I’m sure, based on how people play in real life. Maybe make different characters play that differently.
Again, there are annoying aspects of the AI, but it’s a great game, and I am shockingly good in real life now because of it..Version: 4.6.8
Pros and consThis is my go-to game for passing time, so obviously I like it! I like that you can set the speed to turbo when playing the AI (the only way I play) so you can play a fast game, and that the game is challenging when you have a variable board set up. That said, there are some annoying parts too - every single thing (rolling dice, trades, actions, etc) covers the board so you don't get to see it except on your turn. Like when An opportunity to trade comes up, but you can't look at the board to see what you need most. And it takes more steps than it should to build things, especially if you are - for example - building multiple roads in one turn. Looking at other reviews, many complain that the game favors the AI, I feel that way sometimes, but I've won enough times that I'm not convinced. Overall, this is the only way I usually get to play Catan, as the rest of the family is not as hooked as I am, so I'm happy!.Version: 4.7.5
Skeptical from reviews but own experience differsReading the reviews I was a bit worried it wouldn't be what I'd like...I.e. Dice rigged or teaming up, etc.
I can say, from my experience, that the dice can screw you or it can screw the AI just as well. It's just...random...like it's supposed to be. Only thing that's unusual is that AI will sometimes play knight cards to steal/or just block you without a strategy to it past that...but I have friends who do the same. You can lose games like this, of course, but that's catan!
Great for playing with buddies, we actually opt out of setting up the whole board game now for the convenience of the app. For those that did wish this was a "play on your own time app," it isn't that, so be aware (you can't be playing and leave for hours). Awesome app - thank you to the creators!.Version: 4.6.2
Great adaptationEasy interface, great system. My only problem has been that other players online may take way too much time on their turn and the option to boot them from the game only appears once, and will only succeed with a vote by the other players. The vote will almost always fail, so you'll consequently have to put up with that player taking 2-6 minutes for their turn for the rest of the game, which is frustrating. There should be an option to pressure the player into playing quicker, or for the vote to be called for again. Alternatively, there could be a 1-3 minute timer for all players to take their turn, and if someone exceeds this time limit 3x in a row, they are booted from the game and replaced with an AI. Still an awesome game though! I love that I can play offline and online..Version: 4.6.2
Love itThis is a very faithful rendition of the board game, which I love. Excellent job. As for the dice, which many of the reviews talk about, they do not appear skewed. The game developers went so far as to allow you to see the roll history, which I have reviewed several times. They appear exactly as you would expect, but are not perfect matches because there are only so many rolls in a single game. The developers even allow you to skew the distribution if you like, making the middle numbers more likely. As for beating the AI, I am just slightly better than 25%, which is how I would like it given I want to get better. There are many times when the AIs all gang up on me, but that makes sense when I have 4 points in the first two rolls. Totally worth the price in my opinion..Version: 4.6.2
Very good!So I just bought this after reading up on family board games and then watching videos. I was interested. So I bought the mobile version. I was excited. Played the tutorial. But I ran into a problem. Probably didn’t see it because the color of the mark on the map, or it wasn’t there, but there was nothing marked to progress through the tutorial. So I had to exit and close the game. Not a problem. Loaded it up, mentioned it was marked on the map where to build, saw it marked. Maybe I got what it was saying and looked. Great. After I touched the green check mark, the camera decided to move by its self to the left—zoom in and lock there. I can move a bit of the camera and zoom not completely out. Oh now what!? Closed and exit the game again and loaded it up.
So far so good. No problems yet after those two issues. These problems are probably mentioned already. I would be happy if they were looked into and fixed. Please.
This isn’t the free version. So I’d be happy if the issues are fixed because $4.99 may not a lot, but it is supporting the game and the developers/publishers. I’ll definitely rate it five stars once they’re fixed.
Forgot to add. I think it would be cute if there was sole animation. Like the water moving, and the tide splashing against the rocks..Version: 4.7.0
AI will make you want to screamOverall the interface is good, but I absolutely cannot stand the AI. The dice rolls are absurd - the AI players somehow manage to roll every seven and produce countless knights; I have literally gone rounds where I lost 5 or 6 cards in a row because every player just kept stealing from me. Ridiculous. My numbers are rarely rolled, regardless of how good the number is (say 6 or 8). The other players constantly gang up on me, even when I'm losing! They also refuse to trade with me when I'm winning, which would make sense, except for the fact that they trade with each other even if one of them is winning. In general they're not so great at trading, but that's more of a side note.
Overall this app is great, as it allows me to indulge my Catan addiction, but sometimes it's so frustrating I have to exit and come back later. Developers, please fix the AI!.Version: 4.6.2
Fun, almost like the table topI read the reviews before purchasing the game, almost didn’t buy, but glad I did. Maybe the AI has been updated, because I haven’t experienced unfair play. I have played a custom game 10 times now (hardest difficulty), classic game mode, and won 8 times. The AI plays mostly how I would, doesn’t trade with me when it will give me the win, and places the robber on the person who is winning, or has a needed resource. The roll data at the end of each game is fairly accurate with the probabilities. Seems fair to me.
Aside from all that, I haven’t payed for the rest to unlock everything, and haven’t played anything but classic mode with the AI.
It’s not quite like playing live with friends at the table, but still fun..Version: 4.6.8
Meh...While many people will play most of their games online with random opponents, I prefer to not have to constantly wait for people to play their turn. That means I've played a significant number of games against the AI. I really tried to give this app a chance, and I may come back to it for the occasional game if I feel like I can handle the frustration--but the AI is just so infuriating to play against! The AI is not nuanced or well-developed, which means that it relies on screwing with the dice rolls to give the AI players an advantage. A game that is essentially about probability management is broken when you lose that very capacity. It takes all the fun out of the game. In fact, I'm only rating this app x3 stars because I can see how I might enjoy online games against random strangers if I was another person... This app is really disappointing to me..Version: 4.6.2
Suspect rollsSame comments as other re: unrealistic dice rolls. Apart from that - occasionally crashes. Fun game tho..Version: 4.7.5
Great!So much fun! And this coming from a Settlers addict 😀.Version: 4.6.2
Great game but ...This is an awesome game. I play against the computers because I don’t have time to dedicate to a live game.
My only complaint is that the computer cheats when rolling. I have tried all the configurations but I will still get long runs of dice rolls of numbers I don’t have, with the probability being impossible..Version: 4.7.5
FCCNot bad but it takes you out of the game.Version: 4.7.5
CrashesLove the game but crashes very often.Version: 4.7.5
Bit late at the partyI like it but seem like it hasn’t been updated for many years.
Crashes many time per game, both ipad pro and iphone 14 on ios17..Version: 4.7.5
Great Game, but unstableFun game of the classic. But it’s unstable and often crashes, without warning, I’m latest release..Version: 4.7.5
Unrealistic dice rollsGreat format. Would give 5 if the dice rolls were actually random. What’s the point in manipulating the algorithm, people just want to play the real game..Version: 4.7.5
Belle expérienceJ’adore l’app. Les scénarios sont dynamique et j’aime la variété des options dont , avec l’ordinateur ou des scénarios du jeu. Seul problème est lorsque j’achète les extensions ça Lag et je n’y ai pas accès. Mais 8/10 pour le reste..Version: 4.7.5
?takingtoolongReally like the app. Just a bummer there’s no way to report those that are taking too long on their turns. Messes with your stats without having a chance to even play the game 🙃.Version: 4.7.5
Fun but…Fun game but crashes often. (iPhone 12)..Version: 4.7.5
HeroniaUn jeu super lfun on ne peux plus s en passé sauf la seule chose qu on aime pas c est quand les ordinateurs sont sur un chiffre c est toujours leurs chiffres qui sort mais on aime bien pareil.Version: 4.7.5
So so7’s rolled too often and game randomly shuts down at least 1-2 times per session.Version: 4.7.5
IOS update issues?Seems to crash a lot since the new update. Can you fix this?.Version: 4.7.5
CatanLove the game but in between games people leave and sometimes game freezes or dice keeps
Only showing certain numbers. But I still I’ve the concept and how real it is! Make those types of changes will increase game consistency.Version: 4.7.5
Great GameAs everyone knows, Catan is fantastic. The app does a good job but does tend to crash on me fairly often. At least it always picks up right where it left off.
I play all the time… haha be warned!.Version: 4.7.5
The best Catan app :)Love this app, have been playing it for years. Nice graphics, beautiful music, lots of options to customize. It’s the 3rd or 4th Catan app I’ve tried and the one I keep coming back to, so I highly recommend it :) P.S. it’s funny how some people are so quick to complain about the dice rolling not being fair. I haven’t noticed that at all through the years I’ve played this app. Ever. Sometimes the dice just tends not to roll in your favour. It’s not supposed to. Sometimes you just don’t win. The exact same thing can happen during a the board game version with real people rolling the dice… you can have a game where you hardly ever roll any 6s or 8s, or roll a ton of 7s or even 2 and 12s. With real dice. It happens. It happens in the app too (because there’s an element of chance in any dice rolling game) If you aren’t winning any games just keep playing and you WILL get better. It’s not the dice, my friends! :).Version: 4.7.5
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