Catan Review

This super-deep strategy game would have benefited from online multiplayer.

Casual games are supposed to be easy, right? Not in the case of Catan, which is one of the most engrossing and complex casual games we've seen on MSN. This game is a pretty solid PC version of the popular German board game Settlers of Catan, a medieval-themed exercise in resource management for two to four players. The object of the game is to be the first to get to 10 points by building roads, towns, and cities; strategic placement of your settlements will let you get the necessary resources to win, and so can shrewd trading with your opponents. The CPU players provide adequate challenge, especially on expert mode, but the lack of online multiplayer is a serious flaw in an otherwise very recommendable game.

The Good

  • Incredibly deep strategy
  • Faithful to board game's design
  • Great artificial intelligence

The Bad

  • No online multiplayer
  • Looping soundtrack is irritating

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