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Clash Royale Review App: Everything We Missed in Clash or Clans

Have you checked out Clash Royale? The latest MOBA strategy game from Supercell is storming the Android and iOS markets. Clans uniting, thousands of brave soldiers rushing to the opponent’s castles, cards are played, and tables are turned. We’re reviewing the latest title from the ultra successful developer studio famous for spending millions for advertisement for their games, Supercell. Let’s see what they have made this time.
Clash Royale Review

The MOBA gaming genre brought the possibility to interact with other players in battle real time; the guys from Supercell have seen the opportunity and stepped in. The global phenomena started with Clash of Clans, connecting millions of gamers, creating a community where virtual warfare on our smartphone screens. The goal is the same – build an empire, and raze the opponent’s castle. Clash Royale brings the element of real-time battles between the opponents, the element we’ve all been waiting for. January 2nd was the release of the first beta, available to the selected markets, and the full version was expected two months later. During those two months, the game was available on iOS only.

Clash Royale Review

March 2nd finally came, and the game was released globally on Android. The speculations around the web stated that this game might be Clash of Clans 2, but the Finland developers denied them. Clash Royale is a full real-time battle with two players simultaneously participating in the battlefield. The unique mix of role-playing, strategy and card battles are definitely a step forward in the industry, raising the bar.

Clash Royale Design: A Familiar, Yet Improved Look

The game comes from the same studio, so we expected the cartooned graphics and characters. As a Clash of Clans player, you’ll get to see a lot of familiar faces: Giants, Goblins, Wizards, Knights, and they are all designed in that Clash fashion. The terrain design, the looks of menus, interface animations and buttons look and perform amazingly. In-game models look pretty much the same as in Clash of Clans (with some variations though), and they look superb. I particularly liked the Ice Wizard and the Prince.

Clash Royale Review - units, buildings and spells in card deck

Playing Clash Royale, you get a classic strategy view; you use your troops, your towers, castle, spells and items from above by pulling cards. Animations of explosions, fighting, and damage dealing are smooth and entertaining. The game is rated Pegi 7, which means mild violence and fighting are included in the game.

The design of this game is familiar to masses, and you can definitely see the resemblance to the predecessor. (Clash Royale is a separate game, with different developers’ teams inside the company working on them) From the design standpoint, the game looks beautiful; the cartooned graphics are the important part of the brand, and they are made in high-quality.

The Clash Royale Gameplay: Where Real-Time Strategy Meets the Clash Universe

This is where the game shines the brightest. Live battles same as in MOBA (Mobile Online Battle Arena) games, role-playing and card-playing all combined to provide a unique experience of Clash Royale. You get to build your deck of cards, which are sorted into three classes: Troops, Buildings, and Spells. You can have Common, Rare, and Epic cards. The live match happens between two players, each having two towers and a King Tower and their own deck, made from the cards the player possesses at the moment. You have your Elixir pool which slowly regenerates, resembling ‘mana’ that is required to play a particular card, and when you have enough Elixir, you’re able to drag and drop your card in the field. When placed, a unit will start to progress towards the enemy castle in an attempt to destroy it.

You can use different sorts of cards in combination to achieve victory, and watch for your defenses while attacking the opponent. A plethora of possibilities and decks are available in the game interface; while building your own deck, you have to keep the possibilities and characteristics of the unit/building/spell you’re trying to use in mind, as every unit can be countered and defeated easily. The game is really simple to learn but very tough to master; playing against a real player in front of you adds the element we’ve all been waiting for – the unexpectedness of the live game is a feature that just can’t be surpassed. An excellent job from Supercell.

The gameplay is addictive. You’ll get hooked up to Clash Royale quickly, and it won’t let you go that easily. Defeating an opponent in battle will require strategic planning, some good reflexes, and quick thinking. We will cover the whole segment of Clash Royale tactics later

Clash Royale Review - Gameplay

When two players of same skill level face of in the battlefield, the match can be really intense, and minor details might decide the winner of the match. If you haven’t tried it yet, I can tell you that those three minutes can be really exciting.

When you defeat an opponent, you’ll receive a reward in a form of a chest which contains cards, gold and gems. The thing is, there is a different time required to open the chests, as there are several types of those in the game; you’ll need 15 sec for wooden, 3 hours for silver, 8 hours for golden, and 12 hours to open the magical chest.

The brilliant feature that aims to make players spend more time in the game provides players with the free chest every four hours, which will make you check out your game once in at least that period.

You level your cards, your king’s tower, unlock trophies and new maps, and progress in strength and effectiveness in battle and global rank, and join clans to participate in global warfare. As we are used to, real money will get you going up in ranks much faster, as it removes the chest-unlocking timer with gems, and gems are earned hard, but easily obtained by flashing out your credit card.

Clash Royale Pros & Cons – The Verdict

After some time spent playing Clash Royale, I can say that the pros & cons are as expected. The graphics, the great gameplay, and a plethora of features are this game’s strong side. On the other hand, you won’t go really high unless you spend some bucks. For example, here’s the comparison how much you can get while waiting for chests, and when you pay.Clash Royale Review - Waiting vs. PayingThis goes to the level where players with deeper pockets can overpower the ones without the budget for fancy cards and big sack of gems. Here are the prices of gems in the game:

Clash Royale Review - Pricing of gems

As you can see, the prices are standard. As you progress in the game, the gems will become a necessity. Joining clans, fighting in ranked matches are features of advanced gaming with Clash Royale – we’ll cover them in our guide later.

Clash Royale is an unstoppable force that will make you spend hours battling, collecting, unlocking, and potentially purchasing various items and services throughout the game. It’s addictive, exciting, intense, and in the same time genius, beautiful, and super fun.

Additional info

The game is free to play, and globally released on Android on March 3rd, so you can get it from the Apple Store and Google Play store.

About Dejan K

Dejan K is a tech geek, and productivity is his passion. He blogs on LifeHack.org, Zante Holiday Insider, XiaomiToday and eats ten egg whites a day.

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