Catan Universe for iPhone is an updated, modernized version of Catan Classic, combining elements from the Settlers of Catan board game with the card game Rivals for Catan. The game is free to start, but if you want the entire basic game and expansion pack extras, you'll need to purchase them in the app.
Same games, different name: If you're already familiar with the Catan universe, then you'll get quickly up to speed in Catan Universe. Land on the island of Catan and compete with your fellow settlers for land and resources. Construct roads and cities, trade the island's resources strategically, beat your fellow settlers in duels, and win.
Two games in one: You can either settle lands in the classic board game or duel for dominance in the two-player card game, Catan - The Duel, which is based on the classic card game Rivals for Catan.
Three play modes: Play against friends, random players that you are matched with, or the game's AI.New and improved graphics: Catan Universe's graphics are infinitely better than Catan Classic's, so prepare to have your mind blown.
Character creator: You can change the look and feel of your avatar -- everything from eye color to clothing.
Robust tutorial: Even if you've never played Catan Classic, Catan Universe's robust tutorial will get you on your way to ruling Catan.
More for free: Unlike Catan Classic, Catan Universe is free -- if you have already purchased Catan Classic, that is. Or if you haven't, you can play the introductory games for free and master them to unlock even more content. You can also just purchase the entire basic game and two expansions: Cities & Knights and Seafarers in the app.
No local multiplayer mode: Catan has an online multiplayer mode, but since the Catan board game was so fun to play with friends in the same room, it would be great if there were a local multiplayer option for Catan Universe, so you can play others in the same room on the same Wi-Fi -- or even better, on the same device.
Catan Universe for iPhone builds on Catan Classic, with better graphics, more game types, and more for free.