CATAN® - Console Edition Logo
CATAN® - Console Edition Icon
CATAN® - Console Edition

Developer: Dovetail Games

Competititve Mutliplayer
  • Price: $19.99
  • Release Date: Nov 9, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1 - 4
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
  • Lacking value-added features or even intuitive controls this feels like a stilted replacement for the in-person experience

    I have no doubt that converting popular board games to work within the digital space, and then for a console controller to boot, is quite a challenge. There are multiple roads to take and none guarantee success, ranging from going the ambitious route and going for a fully-digital experience to simply going for a straight representation of the core experience with only minor flourishes. In this case the developers have gone for a more bare bones feel, simply letting you play the game digitally with friends or against AI opponents. While this may work well enough for the initiated, the instructions to get newcomers started lack depth and that can make success a challenge, especially since the AI tends to feel like it conspires against you. What ended up being an aggravating stumbling block, and this would hit veterans and newcomers alike, is simply that the limited controls and on-screen prompts related to them aren’t terribly helpful or intuitive, making play move more slowly than it could if they were a bit more sensibly set up.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Bad [5.7]

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