Is Catan a difficult game?
The base game of Catan is for three to four players and takes around 60-90 minutes to play (just like Monopoly), time varies depending on the number of players and experience levels. Settlers of Catan is a strategy game which is easy for beginners to play while also being challenging enough for experienced players.
Is Catan like Monopoly?
No. The only real gameplay similarity between Settlers of Catan and Monopoly is that in both games each player rolls 2 six sided dice on their turn. Monopoly is a simple roll and move with a rigged economy where one player gets an advantage and then slowly grinds down all the other players.
Why is Catan so popular?
So why is Catan so popular? Catan is a gateway to modern style board games. It is easy to understand and play but offers a challenge in that it moves away from games that rely primarily on luck and instead requires strategy.