When it comes to mobile apps, you never know what the new trend is going to be. Flappy Bird took the world by storm, Crossy Road became more widespread than most people ever imagined, and Candy Crush is still defining the match-3 genre. Today, however, we are going to look at a game that is still sailing uncharted waters in the mobile app industry, Clash Royale.
Developed by Supercell, Clash Royale offers a form of competitive play the mobile industry has yet to see. The easiest way to explain Clash Royale is a real-time strategy game that utilizes cards the same way a MOBA uses various units. The primary objective is to destroy your opponent’s crown towers while defending your own with the different cards in your deck. Although that may sound complicated, Supercell does a phenomenal job of presenting it in a relatively simple manner.
Unlike games such as Hearthstone, in which players are presented with hundreds of cards to choose from, Clash Royale keeps things pretty basic with only a few dozen cards of which players choose eight to use in a given match. If you are an experienced card player, this may seem a bit too basic; however, a smaller card pool does have quite a few positives. For starters, with only eight cards at your disposal, it immediately becomes evident which cards are or are not working. Furthermore, with a card pool of only a few dozen cards, it is quite simple to learn what every card does.
A Social Environment
Like Supercell’s previous smash hit, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale has a surprisingly prominent social element. Players have the option to join clans of up to fifty people. Within these clans, players have the option to interact, band together, and donate cards to one another. To make joining a clan even more enticing, players receive bonuses in the form of gold for each card they donate. In other words, joining a clan can give players a nice advantage.
While Clash Royale may technically be free-to-play, it poses several frustrating restrictions. As you progress through the game, you will be awarded prize chests. Frustratingly enough, these chests have timers. Furthermore, the chests will not unlock until their timer runs out. The rarer the chest, the longer the time it takes to open it. This aspect can be quite aggravating as it slows down your progress.
Additionally, there are limits on how often fellow clan members can donate to one another, thus creating another restriction that can limit your progress throughout the game.
Of course, you can purchase in-game currency to speed up the process, but as far as we are concerned, it is just a cheap tactic to get players to spend their hard-earned money in the game.
Final Verdict On Clash Royale
Although Clash Royale’s use of an aggressive free-to-play system can be quite frustrating at times, the game is still one of the most exciting apps we have experienced in quite a while. Mixing aspects from MOBAs and card games, Clash Royale offers an experience gamers of all taste should be able to enjoy. If you can look past a couple of limiting features, we believe you will find a lot to like in Supercell’s latest smash hit.