Whaddup readers. I am back with another game review. After the last review, I was asked by the higher authorities to refrain from writing reviews about games from 2009. So long, my dream of making a database of game reviews. Anyway, I will still, however, bring awesome games to your attention so that you can enjoy them just like I did.
This time, I am doing a Mobile game called, ‘Clash of Clans’, a game for iOS and Android platforms. It is developed by ‘SuperCell’ and was released for iOS on August 2nd, 2012 and a year later on September 30th, 2013 for Android phones. The genre of this game is Combat-Strategy.
Now since we’re talking strategy, there has to be resources and buildings. In order to build these buildings you need something called as the Builders. (Not Bob.) At the beginning of the game, you get 2 Builders but at a later stage you have to unlock them using Gems. (I shall get to that later) You can have a maximum of up to 5 Builders in this game. So, the three main resources in this game are: Gold, Elixir and Dark Elixir. And to get these, you have Gold Mines, Elixir Drills and Dark Elixir Drills. However, Dark Elixir Drills are unlocked at a later stage. Another way to get these resources is by attacking other villages. I will get to that later. Now, to store these resources, you will have The Gold Storage, The Elixir Storage and The Dark Elixir Storage. The storage capacities of these storages increase as you move forward in the game.
The heart of your village is the Town Hall. (Pretty ironic eh? Town Hall heart of a village? No? Okay.) And it plays a very important role in 2 things.
1: Every time you upgrade your Town Hall, you unlock new buildings and defenses.
2: During attacks, destroying the other player’s Town Hall automatically gives you a Star. (I shall cover up battles too. Have patience child.)
So, as a strategic player, you should place your Town Hall at such a position where you benefit.
Did I mention attack? Oh yeah I did. This game is a Combat-Strategy game and one of the most fun things to do in this game is attack and defend. Yes, defend too. So, I shall first start with Defenses.
Defenses: Defend? Defend what? Defend against whom? Why Defend? -are some of the questions you might be having. Let me help you with that. In this game, defenses play a major role as the enemy will try to attack your village to earn Stars which will help him get trophies and also to steal your resources. Basically, you’re saving your trophies and resources. (Note: To some people, trophies don’t matter. But resources are important for each and every player in this game.) To defend your village, you will have Canons and Archer Towers at the very beginning of the game. As you progress, you will unlock Wizard Towers, Mortars, Hidden Tesla, Inferno Towers which do splash damage. Air Defense which by definition does damage to flying troops, X-bow which does damage to both Air and Ground troops. Finally, you have Traps to lure your opponents and tricking them. Not to forget the Walls which protect your entire Village.
Attacking: Now as far as attacking goes, you need troops to attack and you can get troops by training them in the Barracks and Dark Barracks. Now, in order to train troops, you need to spend Elixir. There are two Barracks as I previously mentioned. Barracks can train normal troops and uses Elixir to train them and Dark Barracks as the name suggests can train troops which use Dark Elixir. You unlock the Dark Barracks at a later stage. There are three tiers of troops- tier 1, 2 and 3. Tier 1 has Barbarians, Archers and Goblins. Tier 2 has Giants, Wall Breaker, Balloon and Wizards. Tier 3 has Healer, Dragon and P.E.K.K.A. That’s from the normal Barracks. Dark Barracks offers you, Minion, Hog Rider, Golem, Valkyrie and Witch. Apart from this, you have Heroes. There are two Heroes at the moment. They are: Barbarian King and Archer Queen. They both can be leveled up to Lv. 40 and can use their special move during raids which they unlock at level 5. Finally, you can also be aided with Spells which you can make from the Spell Factory during Attacks. They are: Lightning, Healing, Jump, Rage and Freeze Spells.
Now, as you move forward in the game, enemies toughen up and you need to toughen up too! So, for that you have the Laboratory where in you can spend Elixir and upgrade your troops as well your Spells. Normal troops require Elixir to upgrade and Dark Elixir troops require Dark Elixir. (Pretty obvious, isn’t it?)
The game also has Clans. (Again, pretty obvious, eh?) You can join a clan or start your own clan as soon as you fix your Clan Castle. Being in a Clan will also give you access to Clan Wars. A good benefit of clans is that the stronger players help the weaker ones grow by donating them troops to aid them in battles. I shall get to Clan Wars too.
Remember I mentioned Gems earlier? Well, it’s a greedy, greedy world out there. Gems are something you get using REAL MONEY. Yeah, that’s right. You begin your game with 500 Gems. However, I have good news for you; there are other legitimate ways to get gems other than buying them! There are obstacles in the game, such as Trees, Stones, Bush etc which have a chance of having gems inside them when you clear them out. These obstacles spawn in every 8 hours. Apart from this, you also have something called, The Gem Box. It is a very rare obstacle and clearing this obstacle gives you 25 gems!
A little tip: This game is all about Patience. So, I suggest you have patience and refrain from buying gems. That’s the only way you will enjoy this game!
Moving on to Trophies, Trophies is based on which status is earned. Trophies are earned or lost during Enemy raids and attacking on other villages. Whilst attacking, you need at least one star to win the battle. There are three stars that you can earn. One, by destroying the enemy’s 50% of the village. Another, by destroying the enemy’s Town Hall (That’s why I said that it is important for it to be strategically placed!) and the third one by destroying the enemy’s village completely! As you keep earning trophies, you move up in the League where in you then earn Winning Bonus during attacks. These keep increasing. The different League Levels are:
Bronze: I II and III.
Silver: I II and III.
Gold: I II and III.
Crystal: I II and III.
Master: I II and III.
Finally, we have, Clan Wars. Clan Wars is a new feature that was introduced by the developers of the game and it, as the name suggests, is a war between two clans. There are two days in a particular Clan War between two clans, they are: Preparation Day and War Day. During Preparation Day, you prepare your Troops, donate troops, and change your layouts and so on. On the main War day, you attack the enemy Clan’s members and try to gain as many stars as possible. At the end of the day, the Clan with the highest amount of stars, wins. Also, there is a special field where the war takes place. In that field, your village’s exact layout is used in order for the enemy to attack. This is so that you do not lose any resources during the wars. At the end of the War, the winning clan gets the War Loot which is then distributed equally amongst players.
Well, this is what sums up the game. And, if you have read the review till here then I believe you are surely gonna pick up your phone and download this game and start playing! As I said, I don’t rate games because then my ratings might influence you, which I don’t want to happen. So, concluding I will just say that this game is epic and you should definitely play!
-Crispy Burrito [Check out my YouTube channel here]