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“Catan - Cities & Knights”
for PC and Mac

“Catan - Cities & Knights” for PC and Mac

We are Marianne, Sean and William. Would you like to get to know us better? If so, you should play “Catan – Cities & Knights.” In this game, we are your opponents. And believe me: during the campaign with its 20 different scenarios we won't make things easy for you!

Please note: The game is not available anymore. It has been replaced with the “Catan Universe”

About the game

Catan – Cities & Knigts

Finally, the most popular Catan expansion is also available as a PC adaptation with strong computer opponents. It took a long time to fine-tune the artificial intelligence of the computer opponents so that the game would be challenging also for experienced Catan players. For this reason, Klaus Teuber as the designer of the original board game was closely involved in the development, and together with the Catan Online World team the new version was created.
“Catan – Cities & Knights” is a thrilling gaming experience for everyone – fans since day one and first-time players alike.

There are a total of eight different computer opponents to choose from. The extensive campaign includes many varied scenarios, from the simple Base Game to diverse Seafarers scenarios (Oceania and Heading for New Shores, among others) to Cities & Knights scenarios in combination with Seafarers (Greater Catan C&K, among others).

The individual scenarios of the campaign can be activated step by step; afterwards, you can also play the scenarios individually, using different options such as “Friendly Robber” or “Card Stack”. Spoken story sequences develop the thread of the campaign story. An interactive tutorial helps newcomers get started with the game, and for the skilled player extensive game statistics are available.

Pictures from the game

  • “Catan - Cities & Knights” for PC and Mac
  • “Catan - Cities & Knights” for PC and Mac
  • “Catan - Cities & Knights” for PC and Mac
  • “Catan - Cities & Knights” for PC and Mac
  • “Catan - Cities & Knights” for PC and Mac

Features & Information

  • Catan base game, Seafarers, and Cities & Knights in one game
  • Campaign with 20 varied scenarios
  • Story sequences between the scenarios, with voice output
  • Strong computer opponents
  • Game settings can be used in any combination
  • Comprehensive tutorial
  • Game statistics

Additional Information

Platform: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard,” 10.6 “Snow Leopard,”, 10.7 “Lion,” and 10.8 “Mountain Lion"
Supplier: Download-Only Version (Windows/ Mac)
Publisher: Catan GmbH
Developer: Brettspielwelt GmbH


Please note:

The game is not available anymore. This means that you can no longer purchase an unlock code for the free trial version. Links to the online gaming platform PlayCatan are not working as this service is not longer available.

If you already own an unlock code, you can still use it to unlock the downloadable free trial version for Windows or Mac OS X so that it becomes the full version.

When you start the program for the first time, please use the internal updater to check for updates!


System Requirements Windows

Pentium IV / Athlon mit 2 GHz or comparable
512 MB RAM minimum
Approx. 90 MB hard disc space
128 MB RAM graphics card
1024x640 display (minimum)
Java 1.6 (installed automatically if needed)

Mac OS X

  • Download Current Version 1.231 (~97 MB)
    Compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard,” 10.6 “Snow Leopard,”
    10.7 “Lion,” and 10.8 “Mountain Lion”
  • As Apple does no longer support the 32 Bit Java version since Catalina, CATAN - Cities & Knights does not run on that version of MacOS and newer.

System Requirements Mac OS X

  Recommended: In Compatibility Mode:
512 MB RAM minimum Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or better PowerPC or Intel Core Duo
Approx. 90 MB hard disc space Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” or newer, with J2SE 6 Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” or newer, with J2SE 5
1024x640 display (minimum)
Mouse with at least 2 buttons

Game Instructions

“Catan - Cities and Knights” is a PC / Mac version of the board game “Catan” Unlike in the Catan Online World - where your opponents are real people - in this version you play against smart computer opponents.

In addition to a tutorial and a quick guide in each scenario, the program also includes a comprehensive user's guide as a PDF file. You can also download the current version of the guide here:



  • Please run the installation while logged into your computer with the user account you later want to use for playing the game.
  • "Catan – Cities & Knights" will be installed into your own home directory, since this is where the game stores its settings and, if necessary, post-installs updates from the Internet.

You will find the installed application "Catan - Cities & Knights" in your home directory under "Applications" / "Catan."

MacOS Catalina and above

Catan - Cities & Knights requires a 32bit Java version, which unfortunately is no longer supported by Apple since MacOS Catalina.

Using the Compatibility Mode on Older Macs

"Catan - Cities & Knights" is basically ready to be run on older Macintosh computers with PPC processor using Mac OS 10.5 X "Leopard." To run "Catan - Cities & Knights" on a Mac with a 32 bit Intel processor (Core Duo) or a PPC processor, you have to switch the game to the so-called "compatibility mode" (unless this was done automatically during installation).

Running "Catan - Cities & Knights" on an Older Macintosh Computer

You can find out about the type of processor you are using by clicking on "About this Mac" in the "Apple" menu.

If your Mac features one of the following processors:

  • PowerPC processor
  • Intel Core Duo processor (as opposed to "Core 2 Duo")

then "Catan - Cities & Knights" will display the error message shown below:

Falsche Java-Version

"Catan - Cities & Knights" should preferably be run with Java 1.6, also known as "J2SE 6." However, Java 1.6 is available only for Macintosh computers with Mac OS X 10.5 (until 10.14 Yosemite) and 64 bit processors (Intel Core 2 Duo or newer).

To run "Catan - Cities & Knights" on a Mac with an older processor (Intel Core Duo or PowerPC), you can switch "Catan Cities & Knights" to a compatibility mode. Afterwards, the program will also run with Java 1.5.

Please note that the optimal program execution is only possible with Java 1.6. If this Java version is not available on your Mac, please follow the following easy steps to activate the compatibility mode in "Catan & Cities & Knights."

Step 1: Show Package Contents

Please right-click on the "Catan - Cities & Knights" program icon (or click on it while holding down the Ctrl key) and select "Show Package Contents."

Paketinhalt anzeigen

Step 2: Activate Compatibility Mode

A window opens where you can see an application icon named "Compatibility_mode_on.command." Please open it by double-clicking on it.

Kompatibilitätsmodus aufrufen

The following window is displayed:

Kompatibilitätsmodus aktiviert

If, subsequently, you want to deactivate the compatibility mode (e.g., after migrating your user profile to a new Mac or after updating the operating system), you may do so by double-clicking on the "Compatibility_mode_off.command" application icon.

Afterwards, please close both the "Completed Command" window and the "Catan - Cities & Knights" package contents.

Step 3: "Catan - Cities & Knights" Now Also Runs on Your Mac

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