CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Settlers of Catan - Portable Edition
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- The Portable Edition plays just like the Settlers of Catan.
- Playing pieces peg securely into place.
- Compact packaging allows for easy travel.
- Game board is solid and beautifully designed.
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The original version of Settlers of Catan is quite bulky for taking on vacations and impossible to play in the car or plane. This version is very compact and well made. I love it. I wish the original version had such a nice tray for all the cards which are constantly being drawn and played. That's not to say the travel version couldn't be better.
Some cushy foam or something to put over the pieces to keep them from getting scattered in the box while jostled in luggage would help. Though while actually being played, everything stays in place very well.
I'd also like some kind of collapsing holder that fits in the tray for the tiny pieces, so you could pull it out of the tray cup and lay it flat so big fingers that won't fit in the cup can pick up the pieces.
I regret that they made the tile point values immobile. Though the actual tiles can be easily moved around and held in place (GREAT DESIGN), I'd still like to also be able to rearrange the values. Of course, not having to decide on value placement does speed up the game.
Should people new to the game start with the travel version or the original? That's a toss up. More people might like to take a chance on trying the traveler version just because it's simpler. Also, when we travel we meet new people who are new to the game and it is good to have a simple (okay, it will never be simple like tic-tac-toe, but at least more simple than the original) game to share, because if you don't have a long time to know and play with the people, you don't want to spend a long time teaching a long game.Read more ›
Since I'm a purist, I decided to hack the game a bit to provide the full experience. I simply did 2 things :
- Put number labels on the little circles that you punch out of the tiles when you first set it up.
- Drill out a hole in the desert tile to fit the posts.
With this, I now have the full settlers experience in a nice travel edition. I included a ball of Blu-Tack/Sticky Putty to stick the tiles to the posts. The pieces are kind of small, so I also have everything separated by color and type and put into little ziploc bags that I fashioned out of those tiny snack size bags you can find at the supermarket. This is a great version of the game, and with a few minor modifications, I can get the full experience.
For the most part, I like the game board that comes with this game: It is faster and easier to set up compared to the full-sized game, and the playing area doesn't get jumbled-up as easily.
However, the designers have gone overboard with shrinking this game: Not only is the board shrunk by about a factor of 3 in every direction, but evertything else has been shrunk too. For example, the playing cards are unnecessarily small -- almost postage-stamp size!
In addition, the 2-for-1-trader pieces are so small (and have such unclear graphics) that (without a magnifying glass and bright light) anybody over the age of 30 will struggle to make sense of which commodity they represent.
If you tried to use this "travel" edition while travelling, you would pretty quickly lose all of these tiny pieces. A better name for this edition would be the "miniature" edition.
A superior travel edition would use this board -- but have full-size cards, full-size game pieces, and clearer/simplified graphics.
Yes, they are very small. I suppose one would expect that with a portable version. But they aren't just small -- they're paper thin. I bent one of them just by trying to gently shuffle them.
A portable version of a game should be a bit MORE durable than the original. Camping trips, hotel rooms, airports... those are places where this game will be used, and I can't imagine the cards holding up for more than a few play-throughs. This is a major disappointment and the reason I gave the game 3 stars overall. It would have been a 5 if the cards had a hope of withstanding more than 5 games worth of use.
The rest of the pieces are durable and pretty well thought out, but they skimped on the cards and it shows big time.
Honestly, I've played this version at home instead of the tabletop version several times because it was simpler to set up...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is not programmed fairly. After the player(s) with more than seven resources pay, the robber will be put on other property AT RANDOM, but it is nothing but RANDOM. Read morePublished 10 days ago by JanF
Incredible game! I love the small cards in the travel version! haPublished 13 days ago by I've got it
I've owned this game for about five or six years. I fell in love with Catan many years ago and wanted my own copy of the game, but I did not have the money to spend on the big... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James
Love this little Catan set! My husband and I use it all the time. Its size makes it easy to lug to game nights. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have used this portable edition in my classroom. We created a games unit and this was the game that I chose to support Social Studies (lovely ties with economics). Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Lockett-Joiner
Perfect to pack in your luggage for a trip. If you're a catan player but don't want to risk smashing your big game in your luggage, or trying to fit it in, this works great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Ziemer