It actually sounds really complicated, but it isn’t. The excellent tutorial mode takes only a few minutes to familiarize you with the rules, and then you’ll be off and running. And the rule set is even easier to follow thanks to the very nature of videogames – you won’t be able to inadvertently (or purposefully) place a piece in an illegal position. And all the housekeeping and disputes that would normally arise from scoring at the end of each round is a non-issue.
Going into Carcassonne, those unfamiliar with the game might think there’s no way they’ll ever get the hang of it. But do yourself a favor and check out the demo. You might be surprised just how easy and addictive this board game can be.