Clash of Clans is one of the most popular freemium MMO games available for smartphones. With over 8.5 million daily players, it is one of the most addictive apps ever made. If you haven’t played this game already or if you’re just getting started, you’ll probably need some help to cope up with the gameplay. I have been playing Clash of Clans on my iPhone for a month now. So this review is purely based on my experience.
I’ve broken down the overall review focusing on a few key factors - Gameplay, Graphics, In-game purchases and Customer Support, while discussing the overall gaming experience. More detailed ratings are available at the end of each segment.
Although I named this segment storyline, there isn’t much story in this game. As the name implies, Clash of Clans is a game where you have to fight battles against other players, join clans and fight clan wars with your clan mates. It’s basically never ending in the multiplayer mode. But there is also a single player mode where you have to fight the ‘Goblins’. There are 150 missions in the single player mode and you can play each mission as many times as you want. However, whether you want to play single player or multiplayer, Clash of Clans require an uninterrupted internet connection.
First of all, the most important factor is gameplay. Clash of Clans is not the first of its kind and I mean to say that there have many Empire building games before and there are many empire building games currently available.
What makes Clash of Clans different from other Empire Building strategy game is that it offers you both Single Player and Multiplayer mode. While most other games are highly focused on multiplayer battles, Clash of Clans allows you to play a single player mode without fighting any multiplayer battles.
Basically, it’s like any other Empire Building game. You have to create buildings like Archer Towers, Cannons, Barracks, Mortars and upgrade them. Upgrades require ‘gold coins’ and ‘elixirs’ both of which are in-game currencies and can be achieved while playing the game, but we’ll discuss this on the next segment.
Attacking is similar both in single player and multiplayer mode. You have to create an army in Barracks and attack your opponent by strategically deploying troops in their base. Your main goal would be to destroy their base and get as much loot as you can. ‘Loot’ is referred to the in-game currencies.
Defense is required in multiplayer mode where other players can attack you if they want, just like you can attack them. However, you don’t have the ability to attack a targeted player. While attacking and getting attacked, opponents are chosen on an algorithmic basis. While you’re being attacked, you cannot access the game, which is usually around 3 minutes for each attack. When defending, you’re defensive buildings like Cannons, Archer Towers, Mortars will try to defend your village. You have no control on this.
Troops that you can train in Barracks are used to attack other players. There is a large variety of troops available starting from barbarians, Archers, Giants to higher level troops like Dragons, P.E.KK.A., Hog Rider, Lava Hound as you level up.
The entire gameplay is very nice. Although the interface is very simple and easy to get used to, the large variety of troops and buildings may confuse you at first. But you’ll get used to the whole thing in a few days.
Gameplay rating - 9/10
The game has some really nice graphics. The rendering is as smooth as it can get. Although you may feel minor differences around different devices, the graphics is pretty good. Some differences that you’ll feel may be due to different screen sizes or display quality. Clash of Clans is a bit difficult to play on smaller screen devices like the iPhone 4 or 4s. In the game, you’ll have to move around building and place troops on different locations, which is difficult on smaller screens. Tablets are ideal devices in my opinion.
Speaking of graphics, as you play through the game, you’ll have to upgrade your troops and buildings. When you upgrade them, they change in color, shape and size. As you play along, you’ll find your buildings improve in looks when you upgrade them.
Graphics rating - 8/10
Clash of Clans is a freemium game that has 3 in-game currencies. Two of them are ‘Gold’ and ‘Elixir’ which can be earned through in-game tasks and missions. The third currency is gems, which can be bought from the store for money, or you can earn them in-game. The reason why I mentioned gems separately is that gems are very rare. You can do basically anything using gems. If you buy enough gems, you can maximize all your upgrades in 1 day without any efforts. As for in-game availability, gems are very rare in game. Buying is often an ideal option for those trying to get advantage.
As for Gold and Elixir, you can receive those currencies using mines and extractors, or by looting other players in multiplayer battle. Gold and Elixir can be used to upgrade buildings and train troops.
In-game currency rating - 8/10
So far, I have only tried their customer support once. In my opinion, their customer support is very well. You will get response within 24 hours on your issue. I contacted customer support to change my user name, which you cannot do in-game due to some reason. And they allow that only under some special criteria although changing names may result in unexpected crash during gameplay.
Rating - 8/10
To summarize the whole review of Clash of Clans, I would just point out the pros and cons.
1. Addictive gameplay. A lot to do that can be a real time-killer.
2. Easy to use interface and good graphics.
3. Seamlessly play multiplayer battles.
1. Requires internet connection even during single player mode.
2. Gems allow too much advantage to those willing to spend for it.
Overall, it’s a very good game. I would suggest you give it a try if you haven’t already.