Settlers of Catan [$4.99 / HD] is considered, rightly, as one of the best board game-to-digital ports on the App Store. But other than just generally being sharp, it's also infinitely expandable, which is a great thing for the fans. Capitalizing on this is developer Exozet, who just shot Pocket Gamer a note that a new expansion is slated to hit later this year.

So, what is this upcoming expansion? Cities and Knights, which is easily one of the most aggressive expansions of the bunch. In it, you’ll develop cities while using knights to attack other players as well as help opponents defend the world from barbarians from across the ocean. The expansion also ushers in new cards that bolster the overall vibe of the experience.

Overall, there are a lot of fine details in this package, so if you're really interested in Cities And Knights, the Wikipedia article on it should sate your hot desire to learn more.

It’s unknown at the moment whether this will be an IAP or simply a free update, but our dime is on the fact that it’ll cost some dough. And, really, why wouldn’t it considering the amount of stuff it adds to an aging game?

[Via Pocket Gamer]

  • Anonymous

    One of the best board game-to-digital ports? Who thinks that? I was really disappointed with the port. From lack of online multiplayer to amateurish graphics and a confusing interface, I have not even considered any of the expansions for this because the game game was so poor. And I am a big-time fan of the (real-life) board game!

    • Anonymous

      The standalone desktop Catan, which already has all extensions including C&K, is actually pretty good. This will be the same thing on iOS.

  • Jonas

    Aysychronous online multiplayer, devs? Releasing a board game for iOS without taking advantage of the platforms greatest, near-unique advantage is completely confounding. It is no surprise Carcassonne has become a great classic, while Catan is barely mentioned anymore.

  • http://www.jasonlitka.com Jason Litka

    Don't forget that it cheats something fierce.

  • Sleepy83

    Pretty disappointing to hear that Online multiplaying is not in the cards for this game. I was introduced to this game on Xbox Live Arcade, it's a great game to play and I've been waiting to buy it for my iPhone, but without online play, it's not worth owning/playing imho

    • http://www.facebook.com/evanderburg Eric Vanderburg

       The problem with the Xbox live version is that it only has the original board.  That gets boring really fast. 

  • Blindspot

    While Settlers of Catan may rightly be considered one of the best PRINT board games ever, it is NOT one of the best board game PORTS ever. Not by a long shot.

    That said, the Cities and Knights expansion is an ambitions expansion and turns Catan from a "gateway" euro game into a "gamer's game". Though there are a good number of excellent iOS ports, the platform has not really seen the kind of complex game mechanics that make some board game's into "gamer's games." The only iOS board game to yet achieve this is Puerto Rico.

    It will remain to be seen if Cities and Knight can draw the board game faithful or the casual Catan lovers. The former being really down on the luck factor and the latter perhaps complexity-averse. Still, Cities and Knights does have its fans and the franchise/IP is certainly probably big enough to sell what it needs to.

  • Anonymous

    While Settlers of Catan may rightly be considered one of the best PRINT board games ever, it is NOT one of the best board game PORTS ever. Not by a long shot.

    That said, the Cities and Knights expansion is an ambitious expansion and turns Catan from a "gateway" euro game into a "gamer's game". Though there are a good number of excellent iOS ports, the platform has hardly yet seen the kind of complex game mechanics that make some board game's into "gamer's games." The only iOS board game to yet achieve this is Puerto Rico.

    It will remain to be seen if Cities and Knight can draw the board game faithful or the casual Catan lovers. The former being really down on the luck factor and the latter perhaps complexity-averse. Still, Cities and Knights does have its fans and the franchise/IP is certainly probably big enough to attract the curious and sell what it needs to.

    (Sorry about the double post.)

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  • Anonymous

    The devs lost me when they removed campaign functionality in their last update, and turned it into IAP.  Add IAP?  Fine.  Take away existing functionality and turn it into IAP?  Not cool.

  • Anonymous

    The devs lost me when they removed campaign functionality in their last update, and turned it into IAP.  Add IAP?  Fine.  Take away existing functionality and turn it into IAP?  Not cool.

  • Christopher

    No way, I disagree.  Definitely not one of the best board game ports for iOS -- more of a disappointment -- I agree with Jensen_G.  The best board game port I know of is easily Carcassonne!  And I'll give second place to Ticket to Ride (though it sorely needs async multiplayer support.)

  • boardgamegeek

    Terrible port, and all they need to do was to design a good interface. The original game is brilliant.