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Catan review for Nintendo Switch


Platform: Switch
Also on: PC
Publisher: Asmodee Digital
Developer: Exozet
Medium: Digital
Players: 1
Online: Yes
ESRB: E

For most people, the big drawback with Catan will be obvious: there’s no local multiplayer. Given we’re talking about the classic board game, you can probably see why that would leave some unhappy.

Not me, though. You see, I’m horrifically bad at Settlers of Catan. This isn’t false modesty — I really am legitimately terrible beyond belief at it. I once played it with friends, and their response to my abysmal performance was (and I may be paraphrasing here): “We didn’t know it was possible to score so few points in this game.”

In other words, I’m in no hurry to play the game with anyone else. I don’t want to inflict that on other people. And, in a way, Catan on the Switch seems geared towards players like me. Players who don’t necessarily care whether they can play the game with others, but who are eager to try out all kinds of different scenarios at different difficulty levels, and who want to be able to play the game solo wherever they may go.

From that perspective, Catan has a lot to offer. There are about two dozen different scenarios here in the single-player campaign, which should keep most people occupied for a decent amount of time. And once you’ve gotten through all those, you can also build their own scenarios, which seems like a pretty decent amount of value, as these things go.

(I also appreciated the campaign from a personal perspective, since not only did it allow me to keep my suckiness confined to my immediate vicinity, it also allowed me to figure out the game a little more. I’m still bad, but I think I’m a ever-so-slightly less bad now.)

Obviously, though, that doesn’t mean much if you want to play Catan with friends. Given the game is otherwise pretty solid, that seems like a major oversight, and I’d understand why it’d be a deal-breaker for some people. For others, though, so want to experience Catan solo, it makes for an experience that’s pretty hard to beat.

Asmodee Digital provided us with a Catan Switch code for review purposes.

Grade: B