Here's a heads up for the many board game (Well, in this case, card game.) fanatics out there- USM, the same German outfit responsible for the iOS port of Settlers of Catan [$4.99 / $4.99 (HD)] just released a few screenshots of their upcoming adaptation of Rivals for Catan on our forums.

Check 'em out:

Rivals for Catan is a re-worked version of the Catan Card Game which itself is a re-worked version of Settlers of Catan. That's some serious board game Inception action right there. Anyway, the card games are a simplified take on the territory building gameplay mechanic that Settlers hinges on.

Details are fairly vague right now, but USM has mentioned that the game will be a universal app that's going to have both two player local and online multiplayer. Either way, I'm always excited to see these kind of physical to iOS transitions for "well known" board and card games. Playing with some random dude online is often so much easier, approachable, and generally substantially cheaper than just buying the physical game.

  • Jensen_G

    OK, I have to admit I would be seriously bitter if they brought this to market before they add online multiplayer to the Catan that has been out since October, 2009. Definitely bitter enough that I would not buy this game. 

    • drelbs

       At least it's Universal. (Or so they say...)

      Didn't really care for the implementation of Catan on iOS, but I would look forward to an online-playable version of the card game (my wife and I play this one all the time.)

  • Binyomin Freedman

    Looks similar to carcassonne - if its anywhere near as good im buying it

    • scott slomiany

      It's really nothing like carcassonne. It's more like "each player has their very own little Catan map" that they build. 

    • Fredrik Somerville

      It's not even fairly similiar to Carcasonne. The only thing they have in common is square tiles/cards. Rivals of Catan is more about gathering resources and then using them to build larger buildings and facilities.

      If you're interrested you can find the rules for the boardgame over at

  • REkzkaRZ

    The card game is not very fun, so I'm surprised they are making a board game...?  I've owned the card game w/all expansions, and it's a yawn-fest.  A sleeper.  A dud.  (Sorry to Catan people, but that's the way it is.)

    • Fredrik Somerville

      No need to say "sorry". Truth is truth, and I tend to agree.

      I'd rather pull out the original Catan, Tobago or Thurn & Taxis instead.

  • James Bray

    How on earth are there ANY card or Board games on iOS that don't support turn based push play at this point?!

    • scott slomiany

      I'm assuming that it's because the push play sync stuff is probably a lot harder than it seems, or there's a need to have maintain a centralized server for game data, or otherwise just laziness on the developers part.

      It does seem like there's a lot of little guys who get the rights to do their favorite board game, but then don't bother with the push play stuff. Again, I think it's because of the need for having your own server for data since gamecenter only really handles notification stuff. Unless someone can fill me in otherwise, I think that's how it works.

      Heck, I'm still waiting for Days of Wonder to update Small World to push play...