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The best legal, G-rated fun in a box!,
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This review is from: The Settlers of Catan (Toy)
I read that this game was addicting, but I had no idea. If you like board games, you REALLY need to purchase this game. The pros to this game are: even though the "how to play the game" booklet is huge, it REALLY is easy to learn; the booklet shows you the easy way to learn the game - and it even has a link to view video instruction on-line (which is very nice!); once you learn the basics, you can change the game to make it more challenging and a totally different game each time you play; in addition there are expansion packs available! The big con-side is that the game suggests a minimum of three players and a maximum of four players for the game without any expansion packs. I usually only have one other person available...so we either take turns being the "third player" or we just play the game with the two of us - it is not as much fun (the 3rd person really adds to the challenge of the game), but we still have a great time! The dynamics of the game really are best with 3 to 4 players. The game itself is made of a very sturdy hardboard/cardboard, but we play SO much that we have squshed the corners of some of the pieces (we are hard on games). The game will still last us many more years of enjoyment, though, because the pieces are sturdy. I love this game because we can make it as challenging as we want and it never goes "on-and-on-and-on" - the game booklet claims the game can be played in about an hour, and no lie, no matter how challenging we make it, the game lasts almost exactly one hour. Then we can play again or stop for the evening. We can make it super easy (play for less points or give ourselves a 'city' to begin with, for eaxmple) if we only have a half an hour.
The Settlers of Catan is a fun game. It teaches cooperation, deal-making, strategy, and planning by giving you "resources" that you can use in a number of ways to win...there is no totally "right" or totally "wrong" way....just like life, there are so many paths we can take to the same end result and so many ways to "win" ....