‘They Catan’, Try a Fund of This Game of Table for Android

Welcome, traveler, to the fertile and uninhabited lands of Catán, an island that awaits the arrival of settlers who populate it. But you’re not only in this mission (what emotion would?), because other settlers have set its sights in this garden. Go Android version have currado of the successful ‘ Settlers of Catan & #8217;, Board game publisher Kosmos which distributes Devir in Spain.

For those who don’t know the game, I will comment on a couple of details about how big that is ‘ settlers of Catan ’. He received the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the year) in 1995, the most prestigious prize in the Board Games. Together with ‘ Carcassonne ’, is the main game slipstream that has left the scene of the alternative board games, where there are an infinite number of wonders to discover for those who have not seen beyond of the likes of Monopoly or Risk bazofias.

In Catan, players are settlers who want to dominate an island, divided into zones with different types of production. Colonists built settlements at the intersections of these areas and build roads to extend its zone of influence. In each turn are pulled and added two dice, and hexagons with the number that has been provided their raw materials all the villages that have the side.

Thus, if an 8 on the dice, three players from the above image take a clay unit. These raw materials are indispensable for building roads and settlements, convert these in cities (that obtained the double in raw materials) and buy development cards, which allow special actions. As it can not be everything, it will be negotiate with other players to Exchange raw materials … but be careful: can that after the Exchange you can build a new town, but your opponent also.

‘ catán ’ on Android: game modes

The Android game has two different modes: free game or campaign mode. Input, you can only play in free mode, and the campaign mode is paid separately, at a price of 2.99 euros. The developer is taking much criticism in the Market, because this is not advised in the description of the game.

In free mode, you can play a any of the basic game scenarios, as well as to the ten stages of expansion ‘ Sailors & #8217;. You can play up to four players with the same terminal, either you can compete against players of artificial intelligence. Which by the way is quite well achieved … are good strategists and hard stockists. Some of the scenarios are blocked, and I suppose you will have to overcome in the simplest to play these.

Mode campaign going through stage to stage all combinations of the basic game and then the de ‘ Los Navegantes ’, with small presentations between each stage. Personally I do not see that you contribution too This game mode, since you can do the same manually.

For newcomers, the game includes a good set of tutorials, where they explain on the Board all the ins and outs of ‘ Catán ’, from how develops a shift, how to negotiate with other players or the banking. Here you will learn to build roads and villages, how to get most raw materials, or how to get to sea as Navigator.

‘ catán ’ on Android is a delight

During the game the menus are excellent, very comfortable to handle and clear up to that hasn’t ever played. Perhaps you would be missing a little more help to mark the areas affected by the rule of subsidiarity (non can build a village too close of a rival), but is the only downside that I can think of.

That Yes, the pre-departure selection menus are very improved. The buttons are rather small and it is easy to give to him is not. This is especially serious in the tutorials, since if you make a mistake of tutorial you are doomed to swallow it whole … as they include demonstrations on board are long and you can not leave them without closing the application.

Move around the Board is a delight. Creeps with ease and can be zoom smoothly on the screen. The illustrations are beautiful, and even you can select between the graphics from the latest edition of Kosmos, the classical or the American edition of the editorial Mayfair Edition. It is also designed to support other extensions, as they are releasing them.

During the game, all the actions of the players are displayed as animations and messages: barter of goods, players who make offers and get deals, buying development cards, construction of roads, villages and cities, thrown dice and distribution of raw materials … the speed of these animations can be configured.

But ‘ Catán ’ tablets choke you

Unfortunately, ‘ catán ’ does not work well on tablets, Despite appearing listed as compatible on the Market. I’ve tested it on an Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and the experience has been of the most unsatisfactory. Board scale perfectly and it looks better than on a mobile, but unfortunately cannot be said the same buttons.

As seen in the image, buttons and icons appear to microscopic size. And it is not just a problem of aesthetics: to make matters worse, the buttons do not match their actual location, but they are slightly offset upwards. Thus, if we want to give to the accept button we have to click just below where the button appears.

If you look in the picture, the buttons cancel and support / accept are in the lower corners … just above the buttons of Honeycomb. The result is that 90 percent of the time give you to “ home ” rather than cancel, and Honeycomb notifications rather than to accept. Desperate.

Arranging the scaling and this blunder of the buttons, ‘ Catán ’ would be perfect in Honeycomb, which is its natural place in the terminal. Don’t I see four people competing in ‘ Catán ’ in a four inch screen, but in one of ten.

The price makes up for much

Outweigh the three euros it costs ‘ Catán ’ right now? As for my taste Yes, and much. The basic game of ‘ the settlers of Catan ’ sold in Spain for about 35 euros, separate expansions. You save place Board parts and shuffle the cards. You can play against the AI or with friends. That Yes, If you have a tablet, I’d expect to that end it adapt. Or you can also buy it and will now install it on the tablet when they improve it.

Remember that the current price is promotional, so it could climb soon. It would give a rating of four stars post-apocalipticas, but this is not ZonaFandom.

  • You like us: The quality of the images, the fidelity to the original, and Board management.
  • He did not like us: The campaign mode cost an extra and not contribute almost nothing, and how badly running on tablets.

 

See complete gallery» Catan (11 photos)

Catanversion 2.1.0

  • Version of Android: Since 1.6
  • Developer: USM
  • Download it in: Android Market
  • Price: 2.99 EUR (promotional)
  • Campaign mode: 2.99 Euro plus
  • Category: Games

Following the classic game of rules of ‘ the settlers of Catan ’, here also you must compete for the majority of the villages, the longest road and the greater power of the Knights, negotiate among themselves and adapt valuable field with their raw materials.

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