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24 Great Games Like Catan

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Catan and have found the following:

Catan is a strategy game set on an uninhabited island where you accumulate, spend and trade resources to build the biggest kingdom. Players must compete for space, resources and ultimately for ten victory points to be crowned the winner. What starts as a quietly strategic game, soon becomes an all-out battle for victory.

Unfortunately, Catan is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1995, updated in 2013

Price: 34% off

Genres: Collecting, Communication, Strategy and World Building

Accessibility: 37 features

Pieces: Bag, Cards, Dice, Figures, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: 3-4

Costs: Purchase cost

10 Hand Picked Board Games Like Catan

These are our hand-picked Board Game games similar to Catan. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Catan. These selections also include Board Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Carcassonne

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 27/06/2007

Genres: Creative, Strategy and World Building

Accessibility: 29 features

Pieces: Bag, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Z Man Games (@ZManGames_)

Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room

Carcassonne is a strategy game where you lay tiles to create a medieval landscape of farms, rivers and cities. Each new tile must match the roads, rivers, farms and cities of those around it. As you place it you can claim one of these elements that...

Kingdomino

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Price: 15% off

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and World Building

Pieces: Figures and Placeables

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

Kingdomino is a kingdom-building game where you place domino tiles to match terrain types and score points. As you play, you build a territory in a grid that requires careful consideration of where dominos are placed to maximise points. What makes this...

Santorini

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2003, updated in 2020

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Strategy, Traversal and World Building

Accessibility: 37 features

Pieces: Board, Cards and Placeables

Developer: Spin Master (@SpinMaster)

Players: You can play with 2 to 3 players in the same room

Santorini is a strategy game where you place buildings on a Greek island in an effort to get your character to the top. This creates a chess-like three-dimensional competitive puzzle that changes as each player adds pieces to the village. It's unusual...

Jaipur

Skill Rating: 9-14 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2009, updated in 2019

Genres: Collecting and Strategy

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Asmodee USA (@Asmodee_USA)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Jaipur is a two-player collecting and trading card game where you compete to become the wealthiest merchant at an Indian market. You collect and swap cards to build combinations, so that you can trade them for valuable commodities. It is about trading...

Bohnanza

Skill Rating: 8-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1997

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Rio Grande Games (@RioGrandeGames)

Players: You can play with 3 to 5 players in the same room

Bohnanza is a trading card game where you plant and harvest bean cards to earn coins. The twist is that you can't reorder the cards in your hand and because you have to plant the first card in your hand each go, trading isn't just about what you swap...

Dragomino

Skill Rating: 4-9 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Collecting, Sequencing and World Building

Pieces: Cards, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dragomino is a matching and collecting tile game similar to Kingdomino but tuned for really young players. You take turns to pick and add a domino Land card to your growing grid, and earn dragon eggs. It works for youngsters with...

Meeple Land

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Collecting, Puzzle, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

Meeple Land is a world-building game where you race to create the most successful theme park. You place Ride and Concession tiles to attract visitors to your park, but you are also racing other players to collect people from the buses, so can't take too...

Monopoly

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1935

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Strategy and Traversal

Developer: Hasbro (@Hasbro)

Players: You can play with 2 to 8 players in the same room

Monopoly is a strategy traversal game where you buy and develop land to make money from property. As you roll and move around the board you build up a portfolio of streets that you can charge rent on. It's a classic game that's stood the test of time...

Verdant

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2022

Genres: Collecting, Puzzle, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Flatout Games (@FlatoutGames)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

Verdant is a puzzle card game where you create cozy interiors with houseplants and other objects. You take turns to choose plants and rooms from the middle and place them in your growing grid of rooms. The novelty is that to grow plants you need to...

Kingdom Builder

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2011

Genres: Strategy and World Building

Accessibility: 20 features

Pieces: Board, Dice, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Real Queen Games (@Real_QueenGames)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

Kingdom Builder is a strategy world-building game where you create a kingdom by placing settlers' houses. You work to build settlements with positions and orientations that meet three specific criteria chosen at the start. This, along with special...

8 Similar Video Games to Catan

These are our hand-picked similar video games to the Catan board game. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

8 Board Games Like Catan Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Catan. This includes games from the Strategy, World Building, Collecting and Communication genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

9 Easier Board Games than Catan

If you like the sound of Catan but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

Catan is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Catan in the following lists:

Spiel des Jahres Games of the Years

The Spiel des Jahres is a prestigious and longstanding award for board and card games. As you may have guessed, the name is German and means Game of the Year. It's been going since 1978 with the purpose of rewarding family-friendly game design, and promoting excellent games in the German market.

It's a really useful way of finding some amazing games for your family, whether they are new or released many years ago. They include awards in the following categories that increase in complexity:
  • Children's Game of the Year
  • Game of the Year
  • Connoisseur Game of the Year

 

Family Board Games

Here are our favourite family board games to play together. These offer a chance for players of all ages to gather round a table to talk, laugh, eat and compete. We will be adding to this list over the coming weeks.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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