Catan board game box cover
Catan board game components
Catan board game close up of game board with active play
Catan board game components wooden pieces


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Quick Takes:Crowd icon 3-4 players Clock icon 60-90 minutes Adult and child icon Ages 14+ Ace of hearts Level 1 (easy to learn, easy to play, and FUN!)

About the game:

This is the game that kicked off the broader category we think of as "new classics". A new classic is an approachable game (not too many rules, doesn't takes days to play) that involves common strategy elements from classic board games (Risk/Monopoly) but is updated with new themes or objectives. Catan, like Dominion, inspired a whole new generation of game designers.

In this multi-award winning game, the goal is to establish economic dominance on the island of Catan by building settlements, cities and roads across the hexagonal tiled board. Catan works well for 3-4 players.

Each turn begins with a roll of the die which determines which resources the island produces. On each turn the respective player can play their resource cards to build road, settlements or upgrades (like turning a house into a hotel). Players score points based on their builds, and the game ends when a player reaches 10 points. You have to be strategic with where you build because sometimes you just need wheat but all you get are sheep.

Looking for a way to play with littler gamers? Check out Catan Junior for a kid-friendly version of this classic.

Why we chose this game for Board's Edge:
  • Simplicity - easy setup, quick learning curve
  • Strategy - this game gets you thinking; brush up on your negotiating skills
  • Zoom friendly - relatively uncomplicated to keep boards in sync for socially distanced board game nights
  • Oscar winner - winner of the Board Game Oscars (Spiel des Jahres)
Selected Awards and Honors:
  • Spiel des Jahres Winner - 1995
  • Deutscher Spiele Preis,1st place - 1995
  • And many, many, many more!