The Settlers of Catan

by Baba

While today’s people can be considered as computer geeks because of the craze online games seem to be having, nothing can replace the unique fun and interaction you can have with people face-to-face when playing boardgames.  Sure, Monopoly and Scrabble are fun, but they rather common.  You would want to play something that’s original, but still have the same effectiveness with fun and entertainment to everyone playing.  A board game that’s been catching some attention is the Settlers of Catan.

The Settlers of Catan combines people interaction, strategizing to win individually but still learning to cooperate with others.  The purpose of the game is to get ten victory points first and you and the other players try to settle the island of Catan.  Some of the features this game has that makes it worth buying are:

•    Various game set up – Because you have to piece together the island of Catan, you are able to mix the pieces up so that every game set up is different.  This makes players look for other strategies in order to win.

•    Simply to learn.  This game is not complicated to learn and follow.  You don’t have to do a ton of different things just to move on to the next step.

•    It’s interactive.  You can invest and negotiate to turn the tables to your favor so, yes, there is a lot of talking and interacting with the other players.  This is the definition of fun.

•    The manual is user friendly.  The rule book for the game comes in full color to make it easier to explain how the game is played.  This also makes it easier for you to understand the do’s and don’t’s of the game.

•    Multi-player game.  This game is intended to be played with 3 or 4 players.

•    It’s a thinking game.  This game involves you to strategize on how to win.  You also have to confront any problems that may interfere with your victory.

Everyone who plays The Settlers of Catan will see just how fun this game can be, especially when playing it several times.  Each time you play, the set up is different which means you’d have several different scenarios to strategize for.  It also makes for a great family game because of the time and interaction the players have with one another.  While looking at other opinions from consumers who have bought this product, one person said that the game has “great interaction…kids can definitely learn the concept of re-investing your assets and great negotiation skills.”

This toy is a definite worthwhile toy to invest in.  You and your family can spend hours of fun playing the game.

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