Journey through the wondrous fantasy world of Catan as the Guardian of Catan himself
Guide three seemingly unlikely heroes as they each set off to fulfill their own destinies
Save the island of Catan and its inhabitants from the terrible vision with your chosen companions
Terrible events are brewing in the island of Catan that will not only upset the balance but bring war and terror upon its peaceful inhabitants. Will you be able to help these would-be heroes fulfill their roles in the grand scheme of things and ultimately save Catan?
Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is a text-based interactive adventure game that’s set in the wondrous world that fans of Catan would be very familiar with. Despite being text-based, the game has plenty of amazing sound effects, fun animations and many choices to make as you follow the storylines of three seemingly unconnected characters while playing as the Guardian of Catan.
Before you start your adventure, you will get to the option to set up your game first. You can opt to turn off the sound and music, though I would strongly advise against doing that, and choose a font size out of the 3 sizes available. Once done, you’ll be introduced to your character and the terrible vision that forced you, as the Guardian of Catan, to make a move and get these unlikely heroes to on their respective journeys to help save the island.
The storyline in this game is basically the bread and butter of the gameplay and it’s nice to note that it is very similar to what you’d envision a modern gamebook to be. The game is interactive in the sense that you can “suggest” (in other words, “make”) decisions and choices for the characters in the story via dialogues.
Although not all of the choices you make are the consequential-type, there are some which will lead to the death of your character... if you’re not careful. If this happens, you have the option of starting all over again or simply reload the last checkpoint.
Furthermore, the vision that you see in this game is a 360-degree image with sound clips that will play as you tap on them. I don’t think there are any text-based games that have embedded such technology into their stories so kudos for being the first to do so! Granted that it’s not exactly very impressive, it’s still a pretty nice touch.
The writing in this game is excellent as well and is befitting of the famous Catan franchise. It is also intriguing enough to get you to continue reading. However, the pace isn’t exactly up to everyone’s expectations. The pause in between paragraphs can be a bit too long at times. It might be better if the reader is able to tap on the screen to speed up the loading process.
Another really annoying part about the game is the rather long waiting periods in between bunches of dialogues. I can understand that the developers may have added these lengthy pauses in the name of immersion since sleeping and resting during a journey is simply part of the process. However, when this is implemented in a buy-to play game, the pauses just seem to make the player feel like the game is actually intended to be a freemium but was changed to become a premium game without removing all the freemium features. In other words, it can be frustrating.
On the other hand, you can activate the game’s Catan Stories Journey Summary, which should appear at the end of the journey, simply by signing up. I can’t say if the summary is worth the sign-up since I have yet reached the end, but I’m guessing the game will simply summarize every decision you’ve made into a proper storybook that you can then reread at your leisure.
Aside from the good storyline, one of the best parts about Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is the nice background music that plays softly as you read. The tune, along with the sound effects, matches perfectly with the tone of the story... and best yet, the music changes depending on the situation that is described in that part of the story.
The rather bold art style used the game’s hand-drawn visuals aren’t too bad either. It’s not exactly my style but I can appreciate the originality that it offers.
So, to sum up, Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is a pretty entertaining, though painstakingly slow-paced, interactive gamebook that is based in the amazing fantasy world of Catan. It may appeal to players who enjoy a good read, love the Catan board games, and have either the memory to remember what the previous part of the story is all about after hours of doing something else, or the patience to wait like 5 minutes before proceeding to the next part of the story.
Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is available on both Google Play and the AppStore for $2.99.