No 3 player seafarers? This app is great except for the fact that seafarers can only be randomized with 4 players and up. I payed to unlock every scenerio and when I click on one it says "3-4 players" and "5-6 players". How is this acceptable? A 3 player game setup is much different than 4 player and the balance of the game is completely changed if you try to play 3 players on a 4 player board. The official rules come with a 3 and 4 person setup for each scenerio, so why wouldn't this app? Especially after having to pay to unlock
Good bar two issues. I think this needs updating to work with the newer versions of the board game where the port layout has less flexibility. Currently it's not possible to implement the layouts proposed by the app. (except for the standard algorithm, but if you're using that you don't need the app anyway). Second issue is on the settlement ranking comments. It suggested every location was 'Wealthy high probabilities' for resources, I would expect that topic comment to change as you go through the list. The other criteria comments do change accordingly
Solid and simple This app is NOT an electronic version of the game. It is a supplement to help design fair layouts for the physical board game. The simple interface makes it clear and easy to understand. Layouts for the base game (3-6 players) are free. Basic seafarers is free, but extra scenarios are .99 each or 2.99 for them all. Other expansions are not yet supported. Minor additional features are nice: different selection algorithms, reshuffle numbers, reshuffle harbors, a roll stats tracker and a placement selector.
It's too balanced The algorithm used places all resources and numbers to be exactly balanced, which eliminates games where your opponent has all the brick and you either have to beg/plead/grovel or find a port. But those kinds of games are what make Catan great. I guess I was hoping for something to prevent truly broken boards, though admittedly describing exactly what that means is no easy task.
Like But Needs One Thing Great app for a balanced board, but needs to outline other needed tiles. For fog island layout you don't know what other tiles are needed for the draw pile. Would like a listing of required tiles. Just discovered while writing the review that tapping the "fog" tile displays what it could be. So for complete board layout I would have to tap a large number of tiles. What a pain. Please give a list option of the fog tiles. Same for other hidden tile layouts.
How similar to Catan Assist? There's another app I have called Catan Assist that uses an algorithm that stops resources from being next to each other and makes similar probabilities. You can also make the docks and harbors placed as far from the resources as possible. How similar does that sound to the algorithm used here?
- Smaller app size
- Bug fixes