The Bottom Line
- Clever dice game set in the Settlers of Catan universe.
- Players who take big risks can win big rewards.
- Yahtzee-like core mechanic makes the game feel familiar without being stale.
- Can be enjoyed as a solitaire game.
- There is no player interaction, so the downtime between turns can drag.
- For 1 to 4 players, ages 7 and up.
- Catan Dice Game was designed by Klaus Teuber and published by Mayfair Games.
- About 10 to 30 minutes per game, depending on the number of players.
- Includes six wooden six-sided dice, a score sheet pad, and rules.
Guide Review - Catan Dice Game
The dice are all identical, with a different resource on each side: brick, lumber, wool, grain, ore or gold. On a turn, you roll all six dice and can then set aside any number, rerolling the rest. After the second roll, you can choose to set aside more dice, reroll some you previously set aside, or any combination. Three rolls is the maximum on a turn.
To build a road, you need a brick and a wood; a knight requires an ore, a sheep and a wool; a settlement takes a brick, a wood, a sheep and a wheat; and a city needs three ore and two wheat. The gold is useful only in pairs. Two gold can be used as one of any other resource.
Each item built adds to your final score, but everything is not created equal. Roads are worth just one point each, but you must build them to reach the higher-valued settlements (3 to 11 points) and cities (7 to 30 points). The knights are worth 1 to 6 points, but they also provide helpful wild dice. Settlements, cities and knights must be built in order of increasing value, so you cannot simply skip ahead to the potential big scores.
This is a fantastic dice game. There's a strong press-your-luck element since going for cities leads to the highest scores -- but can also cause you to bust out. There are also tough decisions to be made nearly every turn. You must be flexible to succeed. Sticking rigidly to one strategy and ignoring the will of the dice almost certainly spells doom. Catan Dice Game also builds drama nicely, as your 15 turns necessarily begin with low-scoring opportunities but steadily elevate.
Fans of dice games and The Settlers of Catan should give Catan Dice Game a try.