10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Settlers of Catan Board Game - discontinued by manufacturer (Toy)
Our family has played several board games, beginning with Risk, Diplomacy, Civilisation and Puerto Rico.
We tend to prefer games with less conflict, as these cause fewer arguments.
This was a recent purchase, and proved to be a good one.
The rules require some thought, and I recommend playing a non-competitive game initially to master the rules, as the purpose of the game is to form groups of settlements and roads, something which it seems is best understood with the pieces in your hands.
The strategic basics easy to understand, but complex to master, meaning the game quickly becomes fun and competitive, and will remain so.
We have however found that those who initially do well, tend to remain in front, while those that lag behind seem to struggle to catch up in the later stages, although this may correct itself as we become used to the game.
The luck element of the game with dice rolling is also a disadvantage, as this can lead to periods where you seem to do very little as everyone else progresses, which is a mildly frustrating part of the gameplay.
A good game, but I believe Puerto Rico to be better.