Posts Tagged ‘Catan’

Two More Nifty Apps

December 18, 2009 @ 9:14 am | Filed under:

catanappDid you know you can play Settlers of Catan (our favorite board game) on the iPhone or Touch? The app is called Catan. Jane and I have been trying it out.

Pro: no tiles and small pieces for the baby to scatter.

Con: the computer-generated characters do too much trading.

Pro: clean, clear graphics and efficient gameplay.

Con: unattractive cartoonish characters (are we shallow?) and it’s harder to monitor your opponents’ moves and resources.

Pro: just about as much fun as the real game, and we can play it anywhere.

You can play with up to four people, taking turns passing the iPod around. Or you can play alone with computer-generated opponents: Catan solitaire. Jane says, and I heartily concur, that it’s more fun with real people.I can see this app being a great take-along on a road trip.

It’s pretty nifty, and would be a nice virtual stocking stuffer for the iPod Touch owner on your gift list (except I don’t really know how you give an iPhone app as a present, except maybe with an iTunes gift certificate).


Snapshot 2009-12-18 07-48-00Melanie alerted me to a supercool what-this-gadget-was-made-for app for birdwatchers: iBird. Awesome. Imagine carrying an entire birding field guide in a device the size of a playing card. Brilliant. The complete iBird guide seems to be about $20. I downloaded the free one which contains only fifteen species. Beautiful graphics and great functionality. One for the wish list. (And, like Melanie, I can see my little ones being entertained by the freebie app. Pretty birds!)

Related posts:

A Day in the Life of My iPod Touch
Settlers of Catan board game

Yet More Gift Ideas

December 4, 2006 @ 8:04 am | Filed under: , ,

Originally posted at The Lilting House.

Continuing our best gifts for homeschoolers (or really any kid) series, here are a couple of big-hit items my kids have received on holidays past.

Settlers of Catan. Our favorite board game EVER. You play that you’re settlers in a strange land, using natural resources to build homes, villages, and cities. Sound dry? Not a bit. It’s absorbing, exciting, and addictive. There’s a Knights of Catan extension set, too.

WedgitsWEDGiTS. These plastic stacking toys have been one of my most successful toy purchases ever. They’re popular with every single kid in my house, from the eleven-year-old on down. Wonderboy (almost three) plays with them all day long. They nest into pyramid shapes, or you can turn them on end and build tall structures and contraptions. We keep a large basket in the living room, and hardly a day passes that they don’t wind up taking over the rug. Timberdoodle used to have the best price—I haven’t compared lately as we’ve had our big set for several years now.

Related posts:
Best Gifts for Homeschoolers
Catan Apps for iPhone & iPod Touch

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