5 Games Like Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan Box and Game
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You have discovered Settlers of Catan, played its hundreds of times and now you want more. Well, we are here to help. Here are good choices to transition to. Catan is a resource management game with a dice engine, layered player interaction with trading and the knights, and a theme of an open environment with a medieval flavor. If you like Settlers of Catan you will like these. Here is the list of 5 games like Settlers of Catan.

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Puerto Rico Board Close

#05 Puerto Rico

SIMILAR MECHANICS: Civilization Building, Resource Management, Unlimited Paths to Victory, Quest for Victory Points, Euro-Strategy

Everyone gets their own gameboard which represents their region of Puerto Rico and the goal is to develop it by building stuff and growing crops to ultimately send back to your homeland. There are action cards you choose and it happens for all players. The crops get you points and points win you the game. It is all about putting the right mix of resources towards the right mix of improvements, winning the race to victory.


Bonanza Base Cards

#04 Bohnanza

SIMILAR MECHANICS: Trading, Quest for Victory Points, Hand Management

This one may not seem like Catan on the surface, but it is all about that trading mechanism. You are a farmer planting fields of beans. The game is all with cards, no board, and you trying to get multiple copies of the same beans to get as many coins as possible. You only have two bean fields and you have to be strategic about managing your tight space.


Ticket to Ride Game Board

#03 Ticket To Ride

SIMILAR MECHANICS: Unlimited Paths to Victory, Block Your Neighbor, Euro-Strategy, Resource Management, Quest for Victory Points

A board (there are many versions like the US or Europe) has a map that is made up of countless train routes made up of various colors and cities they stop in. You get three secret route cards and your job is to create a route from your secret point A to point B. Build segments of a route by collecting resource cards of a given color and trading them in. You get points for making your route, but also having the most impressive (large size) routes. You have to play off your opponents, you have to have a base long term strategy but pivot at a moment’s notice and you have all the options in the world.


Carcassonne Board Game
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#02 Carcassonne

SIMILAR MECHANICS: Resource Management, Euro-Strategy, Medieval Theme, Unlimited Paths to Victory, Block Your Neighbor

This might be one of the simplest games to learn ever released. All you do is draw a tile and then attach it to any other tile as long as it makes sense (road to road, castle wall to castle wall). You have some meeples, on your turn, you decide if you want to place on the tile you just put down to try and claim constructed elements. Its the simplistic easy to learn yet impossible to master gameplay that puts it in the exact same league as Catan.

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Alhambra City Build Tiles

#01 Alhambra

SIMILAR MECHANICS: Civilization Building, Resource Management, Unlimited Paths to Victory, Quest for Victory Points, Euro-Strategy, Hand Management

Building tiles and money cards are put out in quantities of four at any given time. You as the player takes money to buy tiles and build out your city of “Alhambra”. As the game progresses random scoring cards pop up and trigger 3 rounds of scoring giving out points based on how many of a building you have in your town. This is all about pivoting on your overall strategy as you go along and beating your neighbor to the right resource.


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