In a world where clans struggle against other clans you find yourself in a group of like-minded individuals with similar interests and an entertainment media platform that allows you to share those interests. Skeletons, Archers, and Handlebar Mustaches collide as you wage war on others for no particular reason.
Clash of Clans by Supercell is a simple village builder simulation game mixed with a combat strategy game. Build up your village, build an army and raze someone else’s village. Rinse and repeat. The concept is nothing foreign to even the most naïve gamer. The marketing campaign for this game did wonders and the commercial (see below) does a wonderful job of inspiring attention for this pocket village simulator.
Clash of Clans
User Friendly – It’s quite a casual game. You can learn all that you need to know sitting down and playing for 30 minutes. This game is easy to pick up and easier to put down which makes it a great game to play in waiting rooms, on the bus or while winding down for the night.
Cute/Novel – The artwork and concept is about as adorable as a box full of kittens and puppies. It’s pretty cute, but I find myself wishing a little more humor (as seen in the TV commercial) was applied to the actual game.
Simple Learning Curve – There really isn’t much to say here folks. This game is as close to idiot proof as I’d ever like to see a game get. You don’t need a master’s degree in chemical engineering or a Ph.D. in the quantum mechanics of non-Newtonian fluids (Which is really just a fancy way of saying you study silly putty).
Too Simple – The very thing that makes this game easy to get into is also one of the reasons it isn’t worth getting into. Nothing this game throws at you is original or thought provoking. I’ve had more mentally stimulating moments with a pebble and a cup on the side of the highway waiting for traffic to clear. Your decisions sum to nothing and the strategy aspect of this game takes less forecasting than a game of rock, paper, scissors.
Repetitive – If you enjoy upgrading the same 20 buildings repetitively with little incentive to do so then this game is for you! In fact for the low low price of your sanity we can reduce that number to 14 barely unique structures to build and upgrade with limitless repetition. Hooray for monotony!
Exponential Builder – Do you enjoy waiting a week while your building upgrades your basic resources? I certainly don’t. Every upgrade in this game takes longer to perform than the previous upgrade. Normally this isn’t a bad thing, in fact it is a very complex psychological phenomenon that will keep you spending more time for less reward and still feel a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment. Let me add in a small caveat here. This, when done correctly, makes the game far more enjoyable. When done horribly wrong, as was done with Clash of Clans, it becomes a soul numbing experience similar to the punishments experienced by the titan Prometheus.
If you don’t mind a little simulated violence then this game is great for kids. The seasoned gamer likely will not enjoy this game but for the casual gamer this would serve as a worthy time sink.
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