Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbersby Aethyna Nov 14, 2017 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 8 rate 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? Play Now Similar Games Played
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If you were born in the 90s and had been a huge fan of board games while you were growing up, you will definitely have heard of the famous Settlers of Catan board game. Well, 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.
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?
In this game, you play as the Guardian of Catan who happens to be a talking raven. While surveying your realm, you had a horrible vision that foretells a time of war and terror in the near future. Sensing that the balance of Catan is in peril, you set off to search and find companions who will come to the aid of the island.
The first hero, Norik, is a young and ambitious seafarer assigned to the ship, North Star, who has big dreams of becoming the future navigator for Captain Dever’s merchant fleet, was shipwrecked and swept ashore on a barren and harsh desert island. He will need your help to survive.
The next heroine is a somewhat reckless and vengeful young lady named Gwelyn. She vowed to avenge his father’s death by assassinating the captain that had sent him to his doom, Captain Whitebeard... who happens to also be the greatly feared captain of the band of sea robbers who ruled the western seas. Her rashness, if not properly reined in, will get her killed...
Last but not least, the blacksmith in Dasrak, Bjorn, who is nursing a head injury of sorts is your last hero. His story is less adventurous than the others since all you need to do, at least at the beginning, is to help him find his missing wife. But it’s pretty obvious that this seemingly innocuous plot will twist around and set Bjorn on a journey that he might need some help with, as powerful as he might be.
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 that is easier on the eyes. 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. Of course, since there are multiple decisions to make, I’m also assuming that the game may have multiple endings, aside from simply dying.
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 (the sound doesn’t auto-play, for example), 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.
Not to mention, the game doesn’t show you how long you’d need to wait. So if you decide to disable its notification system when prompted in the game, you will have no way to know when you can continue your journey.
Once you’ve uncovered all the three characters that you’ll be following in the game, you may be disappointed to realize that you can’t play more than 1 character at a time. So, for example, if you reached a waiting part in Norik’s storyline, you cannot simply jump over to Gwelyn’s or Bjorn’s storyline instead.
Interestingly, by signing up, you can activate the game’s Catan Stories Journey Summary, which should appear at the end of the journey. I can’t say if signing up is worth the summary 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.
The reviews from readers have been conflicted so far and hence, the community for this game is somewhat split. Some like the game because of its storyline, which admittedly is pretty interesting, but some really disliked the incessant waiting in between paragraphs of plots that severely disrupts the flow of the plot. Which camp of readers you fall into will definitely depend on your own experience of the game.
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 story 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.