Carcassonne builds out XBLA

Sierra Online brings tile-based board game to Xbox 360 this Wednesday; expansion set included in download.

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At last year's Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft announced it would be blitzing board game fans with a trio of titles for the Xbox Live Arcade. The first of those, Catan, came out last month. While the Arabian-themed stock market game Alhambra remains undated, Catan will be joined on the Xbox 360's downloadable game service this week by Sierra Online's Carcassonne.

Microsoft today announced that Carcassonne will be released on the Live Arcade this Wednesday at 2 a.m. Pacific. Originally released in 2000, the Carcassonne board game lets players build a walled cityscape one square tile at a time, aiming to earn the most points by placing followers within completed farms, roads, and cities.

The game will include the original 72-tile board game, as well as its 12-tile The River expansion pack. Sierra Online is also including support for the Xbox Live Vision camera, a tutorial mode, and online multiplayer. Carcassonne has been rated E for Everyone and will sell for 800 Microsoft points ($10). For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest coverage.

Discussion

61 comments
Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Just got it. I hadn't known of this game before - but it's a sure-fire hit here. A great game.

darkxinos
darkxinos

Carcassonne is a great board game! Should hold up nicely on console, but nothing beats sitting around a real table building up the map with real peaces =P

Montavious2004
Montavious2004

Bomberman is LAME, there how's that! Stop whining on this board about Bomberman! I hope it never comes out now

groovus
groovus

If you like this...you MUST check out HEROSCAPE. I only wish one of these companies would port that to 360. To me, HEROSCAPE is the best board game ever created. If you like Final Fantasy Tactics, you;ll this table top wargame. Have a good one all. :)

thitsa
thitsa

I had a chance to play a few single player games this morning. The single player experience and UI is well done. The game takes care of all the house-keeping, such as tallying up the score, which is (imo) a big chore in the table-top game. I'll be checking out multiplayer options tonight. This looks like it'll be a hit for strategy game fans.

lovermanxxx
lovermanxxx

this is probably the best boardgame i have ever played

zeecorner
zeecorner

Catan is so sick, I will give this one try on that game's merit alone.

TehEliteElite
TehEliteElite

Aushan- "lol I've been to Carcassonne." Me too! :D

dukefan1210
dukefan1210

I heard that Bomberman was coming out for 4th of July

A_ShooK_One
A_ShooK_One

seriously where the hell is bomberman? they announced it months ago!!!

MfumeRising
MfumeRising

Anyone know if this has local multiplayer or is it possible?

Lucky_Fetus
Lucky_Fetus

I play the board game all the time, it's fantastic. This and Catan are the best games on the arcade!

MoogleDragoon
MoogleDragoon

I think I am going to wait before I can make a final decision.

Aushan
Aushan

lol I've been to Carcassonne.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

This looks ok, but where is Castle Crashers?

supine
supine

looks like a lot of fun. I like relaxing online games.

res0i39c
res0i39c

Enough with the boardgames. Where are the REAL arcade games at? And where the heck is Bomberman at? They said june.

cbesett
cbesett

We need more like this.

Montavious2004
Montavious2004

Love these type of games, even more card type games would be great.

goblaa
goblaa

This and catan are easily two of the best board games ever created. I can't believe people are upset about this?!

sinx1971
sinx1971

Enough with the boring board games and start concentrating on releasing more action base games. Where's CastleCrashers!?

RudeYeT1
RudeYeT1

LAME Where is my Bomberman

jerkus
jerkus

This is a great board game. I hope it has local multiplayer.

Pete5506
Pete5506

nice, but a little to much

lamprey263
lamprey263

I wish Sierra would bring back Homeworld.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

it should be much less and same with the carnival game

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Sounds good but a bit pricey for my XBLA tastes.

Warhearted
Warhearted

This is cool. Catan and Carcassonne are both sweet board games. I'll have to check these out. I find the re-release of older games to be pretty boring so far.

TP_Juggernaut
TP_Juggernaut

Sounds like SimCity: The Board Game... Not necessarily a bad thing, though.

Cruven
Cruven

haha the only xbox live game ive liked so far was the Championship Edition of Pac-Man

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Boring? I've found these board game releases to be a lot more fun than 'generic game re-relase x'. They're not boring at all. Hell, I'd wager that you haven't even played any of them.

supersonic125
supersonic125

another boring week, Where's sonic 1 & fatal fury 2 special

bigshot305
bigshot305

I'll probably get this. I might as welll check it out.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

What happened to Bomberman? This sucks... well, at least there will be Lumines content this Wednesday... or was that a lie too?

w4rgasm
w4rgasm

holy crap yes. diablo 1? excellent suggestion JoBoiWondeR

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

Now they just need Talisman (coming), Risk, Axis&Allies and some others! Chess, backgammon, card games. Any free game at Yahoo should be on xboxlive for free or real cheap.

thitsa
thitsa

I'm pysched that Carcassonne is coming to XBLA! I'm a huge fan of the table-top versions of both this and Catan, being some of the best board games ever designed (imho). I spend 80-90% of my XBOX time playing Catan, and if Carcassonne is ported as well as Catan, it should be an instant hit for strategy game fans. Not having to get people together in the same room to play, not having to waste time on setup and cleanup, and having the game track points and score is huge boon and breath new life into these classic board games. The graphics looks good. I just hope Sierra does a better job with how the game handles player drop-outs (which is one major annoyance in Catan at the moment).

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

Looks like a pretty good game. I'll download it first thing when I get online on Wednesday.

kinglink2
kinglink2

I love the fact people are crapping on "new" games versus wanting remakes of games where they will overcharge you for the content they can put it. As much as I'd like some Old school RTS, I know I'd be paying 40 bucks for the entire game, games that are 10 years + old.

dunit13
dunit13

If it is as good as Catan bring it on I loved Catan I would like to see bomberman sometime soon too.