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Clash Of Clans Review
Nov 21,2012 07:11 by Sara Lau3
Undeniably, Clash of Clans deserves our deep engagement for its addictive gameplay, sharp and crisp graphics, as well as the best group participation that is entirely indicated in the title “Clash of Clans”. The game also makes SuperCell become one of the youngest yet richest iOS game developers, which is estimated to make over $500,000 a day, after Gameloft, Kabam and Glu Mobile.
Clash of Clans wins on all fronts and with varying levels of success. First of all, the crystal-clear graphics quickly grab player’s attentions. Its 2D animated characters perfectly suit for the 3D lush environment, breathing new life into a bit run-of-the-mill “Strategy”games we were playing such as Kingdom of Camelot, Dragons of Atlantis and the like.
The looks of buildings always change as buildings level up, so do the troops. And the environment will be surprisingly decorated whenever there is an international important festival such as Halloween, and Christmas.
Secondly, controls are fully responsive and pretty much convenient for touchscreen tapping. Every button clearly comes into view, easily within reach, making you feel like that is exactly the game tailored to you.
What Clash of Clans really conveys is that one must unite with the whole clan members to attack other cities or defend his or her castle – the concept is commonplace though while the execution is never done so greatly. Players are strongly recommended to build their castle that can station troops by which to strengthen attacking or defending. The clan is also enhanced through the weekly tournament that gives Top 3 Clans a chance to get free Gems, which should generally be purchased with real money. Such incentive measure is also to encourage players to actively engage in the clan growth. Clan members can communicate with each other through the clan chat channel, which is right located at the left of the screen.
Troops in Clash of Clans play a critical role in attacking. Players must build barracks to train troops, each of which has extremely different advantages and disadvantages. For example, archers can attack any target, occupying one housing space, but this unit has less hitpoints than Giant. Of all units (Barbarian, Archer,Goblin, Giant, Wall Breaker, Balloon, Wizard, Healer, Dragon and P.E.K.K.A), Archer is the most favorite one simply because it proves to the best to defend in Clan, effective in attacking, and even in stealing Gold and Elixir.
Match and balance are the most discussed topics when a game is made. Clash of Clans is also doing great in such respect. As we know, the game is free to download and play and monetizes though the sale of the ingame Gem, but the balance is never destroyed using such mechanic. The gem can only be used to boost the building and training speed rather than to boost troops’ abilities. In this sense, Clash of Clans is a succesful free to play game with micro-transaction business model.
Unlike Hobbit: KoM, Clash of Clans can also be considered as a tower defense game because players must build wall and mortar, tower to defend their city. To this end, the layout of the city appears particularly important. Players often talk about the best layout for their level, but none of them are invulnerable.
A great game often has some minor glitches, so does Clash of Clans. Its matchmaking system is determined by how many trophies a player has. This predefined rule is mostly abused by those Gold farmers who can attack players highly lower than theirs. Another problem is the time of level-up for some building and training take an extremely long time – as long as you can take an overseas travel.
All in all, Clash of Clans qualifies itself for the best strategy game on iOS this year. It is fun and addictive.
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