Game Review: Catan


We love the game of Catan! As you can see, the red road of terror I created! 

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A simple game of strategy involving resources (wheat, logs, ore, sheep, & bricks) and demonstrating your skills at building your settlements through road building, raising an army, and adding additional settlements & cities. It’s easy enough for children as young as 8 (my youngest was 8 when we purchased the game) to play as it’s simply strategy.

Actually, he’s a frequent winner due to his awesome army-building ability. Focusing on accumulating resources and trading them for Development Cards, he acquires buildings, additional roads, and of course the knights. The knights can invade and rob others of a resource while simultaneously cutting off future resources being generated from this hexagon of plenty.

The game can last a very long time, but we usually plan on between an hour and hour-and-a-half. We haven’t played the versions that utilize the colors on the numbers, dots, but we’re working up to it! We’re enjoying the game as it stands now.

We did just also purchase the expansion pack that allows play for 5-6 players (versus the 3-4 player version in the standard set) and played with friends. I wasn’t prepared for how much longer it made the game {and realized that I’m not a night owl outside of my own home!}.

Totally love it, easy to learn and adapt, lots of fun possibilities!

Do you Catan? What’s your favorite version, expansion, or rules?


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