Catan: Die Erste Insel

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Catan: Die Erste Insel
Catan: Die Erste Insel cover
Funatics Software
Ravensburger Interactive Media GmbH
Release dates
Windows 1999
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Top-down view
Genres Board
Series The Settlers of Catan
Catan: Die Erste Insel on MobyGames
The Settlers of Catan
Catan: Die Erste Insel 1999
Die Sternenfahrer von Catan 2000
Catan: Das Kartenspiel 2001
Sternenschiff Catan: Das Strategische Weltraumabenteuer 2003
Catan: Creator's Edition 2013
Catan Universe 2017
Catan VR 2018


This game is not playable in English (see Localizations for supported languages).

Catan: Die Erste Insel is a singleplayer and multiplayer top-down view board game in the The Settlers of Catan series.

Key points

Also known as De Kolonisten van Catan in Belgium and The Netherlands.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
ProtectCD DRM

Version differences[edit]

A different release known as the Navigo Classics edition exists. That version shows patch level 1.65 and includes improved support for Windows XP.

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest patch for the original version is 1.63.
No patch to 1.65 exists for the original version.[1]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Turn the intro off[2]
  1. Deactivate "Intro" in the options menu.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE_C[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE_C[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Video Settings.
Video Settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 800x600 & 1024x768.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
The game supports 3 different zoom levels.
Use the -window command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Hardware mouse can be selected.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Settings.
Audio Settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX & Speech.
Surround sound
Characters have speech bubbles. No subtitles in cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Terrible performance and mouse issues[edit]

  1. Disable the NVIDIA In-Game Overlay.

The game crashes while starting a map or when throwing the dice[edit]

This issue will most likely occur on modern systems when using the original version.
  1. Make sure you have patched the game to 1.63 when using the original version. That patch adds several command line arguments.
  2. Using window mode (via the -window command line argument) usually solves the map loading crash.
  3. If the game still crashes, it is most likely related to the sound in videos causing an error. Even throwing the dice plays a little video and can cause a crash. If that happens, use the -window and -novideosound command line arguments.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
6 The CATAN server has been shut down.

Connection types

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 5.0r[3]
Cutscenes Smacker
Multiplayer DirectPlay 1.64 (1.65 in the Navigo Classics version)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 160 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct-X compatible.


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Topic
  2. Tested by Nessy
  3. Verified by User:Nessy on 2019-11-16
    Version number found in Mss32.dll in the game installation folder.