Clash of Clans (Review)

Clash of Clans (Review)

Clash of Clans for iPhone & iPad is one of those games that just gets its hooks into you as soon as you start playing. I sporadically played for a couple of weeks, but soon enough I became an avid Clasher and checked back multiple times per day to see how my troops were doing. I’ll explain the game a little bit so you can decide whether Clash of Clans is a game you’ll allow to take over your life for the next few months, or if it’ll be one of those games you download, stick in a folder and never open again. That is, until you’re having an extra-long toilet visit and you’re in need of some quick entertainment, of course.

The Main Premise

You own a base filled with storage containers (they contain gold and elixir) and a single town hall in the centre that you surround with defence turrets.

Clash of Clans Starting Base
Players from all around the world attack your base, attempting to destroy your hall and steal your gold/elixir. If they get a good amount of it, they win. If not, you win. Your score goes up the more you win, and the more gold/elixir you have, the more items/defences/containers you can buy.

Attacking Other Players

Clash of Clans - Attacking
So far it sort of sounds like all you do is watch as people steal your gold and destroy your buildings. This is only half the story. You’re able to attack other randomly-selected Clash of Clans players in the world, which means you can raise your own gold and elixir storage by taking it from others. It seems a little heartless, but after having your own stores emptied by others, it’s actually refreshing to get revenge and steal more back from others.

Building and Upgrading Your Base

Clash of Clans - Big Base
As the game goes on you’re awarded with new abilities, new characters to battle with, new structures to build in your base, and heaps more – easily enough to keep you busy for months or even years. I’ve been playing for a couple of years now (which sounds a bit pathetic saying that out lou… well, in writing) and I still check my phone occasionally to see if my base has been attacked, or attacking other players when I’ve got a free few minutes.

You can use your gold to upgrade buildings and defences, which in turn increases your chances of surviving attacks from others. It’s a highly strategic game, so the placement of your defences, storages and buildings can have a huge effect on the outcome of the battle. And when attacking, the troops you use and the ways you place your troops will make or break your assault.

The Clan Aspect

Clans are supposed to be a massive part of the game. You can create a clan – a type of team – with your friends and share your troops with one another, giving you both stronger defences and offensives. I personally don’t know many people playing Clash of Clans so I opted for sticking to my lonesome self and attacking without the assistance of clans. It hasn’t been too disadvantageous so far, so don’t feel that you need to have friends playing to enjoy the game.

Why it’s Good

Being such a strategic game, Clash of Clans keeps my brain active while still allowing me to have fun, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. It’s fast-paced (when you’re attacking at least) and gives you a sense of accomplishment when your base services a big attack or your attack destroys someone’s base, and being able to improve and build up your base over time gives you the growth aspect that games like Farmville have.

So, there you go. If you sort of wanted to play Farmville but you wanted it with swords, gold, magic, fire, destruction and total chaos, you’ll like Clash of Clans. Oh, did I mention there are dragons? Well, there are.

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