Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Catan 3D Review-IGN

Catan has been around for decades, creating space-based sequels, Game of Thrones spin-offs, and expansions. If you call yourself an avid board game player, you’re likely to have asked a friend of Catan to change wool or lumber. Catan 3D is the latest version of this board game and seems to have been designed with mega fans in mind … but it requires some deep pockets to play.

When it comes to play, the game is just Catan — there are no changes to the rules or differences in gameplay compared to standard games in classic games. The difference lies in the physical part. Traditional cardboard and plastic pieces have been transformed into beautiful 3D hand-painted terrain hexes, roads, settlements, cities and more. But, frankly, the ridiculous $ 300 price is hard to recommend to anyone who isn’t a super-catan enthusiast. Still, some weird design choices make the $ 300 price suspicious.

The Catan3D box feels like $ 300. It’s sturdy, clean, well-packaged, and all the approximately 300 pieces and cards needed to play the game are securely protected. It takes time to unpack everything. Also, once you’re done playing, it will take about the same amount of time to properly store everything. But thank you for paying close attention to your game’s storage at such a high price.

In addition to the standard game overview and rules brochure, it comes with a well-organized yearbook that’s perfect for both new players and repeaters. Game boards are assembled in much the same way as standard Catan games, except that traditional cardboard pieces are now 3D. The six sea frames are pretty blue. It has a scratchy texture to mimic the waves of the ocean. The hex on the terrain looks as expected. The mountain section extends nearly two inches into the air, the forest hexes are littered with individual tree tops, and the meadows are flocking sheep.

The harbors, roads, settlements, and city parts are all 3D, and the latter three look hand-painted and antique and match each player’s colors (red, white, blue, orange) properly. Unfortunately, the cards are basically exactly the same as the cards in the standard $ 40 edition of the game. They are great cards and work well, but it’s a shame that they received a lot of love just because the other pieces remained physically and aesthetically the same.

The work has been transformed into beautiful 3D, hand-painted terrain hexes, roads, cities and more.


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It’s easy to put all the pieces together, just like a traditional catan, the pieces just sit on top of each other. There is no unique place to snap an object into place. It wasn’t always expected, given that Catan’s layout isn’t usually how it works. With such a high quality 3D piece, I wanted to find a way to board. Snap together into one constantly flowing part.

Roads, settlements and cities are still on top of terrain hexes, and this version of Catan is the most immersive version ever due to the fact that the 3D design allows these pieces to slide, shift and move. .. It’s a little disappointing to accidentally touch them.

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of Catan 3D’s design is that the number tokens and robbery figures aren’t evenly and evenly placed on top of the terrain hexes, as in Catan’s standard game. Number tokens are placed on top of the terrain hex at the start of the match and basically direct all movements of the Catan game. In the standard version of Catan, flat tokens are harmoniously placed on top of the flat hex.

In Catan 3D, that’s not the case. Instead, they sit somewhat unplanned on top of the terrain hex. Number tokens are fairly well placed on top of the mountain, as if those terrain hexes were designed with the token in mind, but in others such as field hexes, the tokens are placed so well. not. Instead, it wobbles as the table or board moves.

Next is the robbery figure, which is traditionally a tall bowling pin-like figure that sits flat on top of the destination terrain hex. The robbery figure here is a sculpture featuring three humans, whose feet allow the piece to sit flat, but there is no really good place to sit on a 3D terrain hex. Sure, the figurine sits on a hex, but I never felt it had a purpose. Instead, it leans like this, rather than standing on a hex as if it were designed to fit there.

Design issues aside, the real act of playing Catan 3D is more fun than ever, because it’s just Catan yet. Players are still choosing starting roads and settlements, which makes the start of the match exciting due to diversity, resulting in resource cards being dealt. During each turn, players roll dice, everyone collects the appropriate resource cards, and the fun and secret nature of Catan shines as expected. What are they trying to build, and what am I trying to build? How desperately do you need the resources they are offering to trade me? If I accept this deal, will I help them rather than help myself?

These questions and the strategies that accompany them continue to exist in Catan 3D and look amazing when the board is filled with unique 3D pieces of the game. We hope that arranging these beautiful pieces has made the design easier and more purposeful.

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