I’ve dabbled in Clash of Clans, and it never really grabbed me, but I was curious to check out Supercell’s new spinoff game, Clash Royale – what can I say, I tend to be a sucker when the word “card” is mentioned. I’ve played a bunch so far, and I’m still having a lot of fun with it. Sure, it’s simple gameplay – you put together a deck of 8 cards, each representing a soldier that fights for you, and then go to battle. Battles are just you sending out your soldiers when you have enough energy to cast them, and then, like in a tower defence game, they just automatically head towards the nearest enemy or target tower – the goal is to destroy the enemy’s towers. The battles are quick, and just plain ol’ fun. The free-to-play elements have hit now though, so I can’t open all of the chests that I win in battles unless waiting 3 hours or using gems (the chest contain new cards, that either add new soldiers, or that you amass to level up your current soldiers). But so far it’s not bothering me that much.
I feel like I always have to make excuses when I try playing another one of these free-to-play games, but yes, the Star Wars name made me want to give this Clash of Clans clone a try, and what can I say, a week later I’m still playing. I still don’t like the fact that I can only play this in bite-sized chunks – which is why I didn’t last long in Clash of Clans – but I get a kick out of seeing all those tiny Star Wars vehicles and soldiers, and so I’m still at it. I doubt I’ll last long, but it still has me for now.