Catan: Die Erste Insel

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Catan: Die Erste Insel
Catan: Die Erste Insel cover
Developers
Funatics Software
Publishers
Ravensburger Interactive Media GmbH
Release dates
Windows 1999

Warnings

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

Key points

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

General information

Official Website
MobyGames entry

Availability[edit]

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

Patches[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.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
The game supports 3 different zoom levels.
Windowed
Use the -window command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
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
Controller support

Audio settings[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
German

Issues fixed[edit]

Terrible performance and mouse issues[edit]

Instructions
  1. Disable Nvidia Shadowplay.

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.
Instructions
  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 usually solves the map loading crash. See Windowed.
  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.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
5
LAN play
5
Online play
5 The CATAN server has been shut down.

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

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]

Windows
Minimum
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.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References

  1. www.siedeln.de 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.