“The Settlers of Catan”
for Xbox 360
The “Settlers of Catan” Xbox 360 adaptation stands out because of the reliable artificial intelligence of its computer opponents and its beautiful graphic design.
About the game
Xbox Live Arcade is Microsoft’s online game service for the successful Xbox 360 console. On a platform that is both intuitive and innovative, players from all over the world get together to compete in exciting online duels. Now the board game “The Settlers of Catan” is a part of Xbox Live Arcade as well.
Big Huge Games, one of the top developers of PC games, was excited to tackle this project. Brian Reynolds, the developer of such classics as “Civilization II” and “Rise of Nations,” is himself a big fan of the board game and specializes in the realization of demanding AI opponents. A very productive collaboration with Klaus Teuber developed, resulting in a most outstanding AI.
The developers of Big Huge Games have accomplished awesome things in other areas as well. The game adapts very well to Xbox‘s simple operational concept and also allows a smooth game flow over the Internet. Up to 4 players compete according to the rules of the Base Game. Additional features such as permanently available communication via headset are a perfect fit for a highly interactive game such as Catan.
I had no doubts that Brian Reynolds would do a good job, and the first version of the game already exceeded even my greatest expectations. The AI is so good that, as a start, I lost several games in a row. This version for Xbox is really an awesome achievement.
Klaus Teuber about developer Brian Reynolds
|Supplier:||Xbox Live Arcade Marktplatz|
|Release date:||May 2007|
|More information:||Big Huge Games / Microsoft|
All screenshots and the “dancing sheep” are used with kind permission of Big Huge Games.