Clash Royale Review – Mix of RTS and Card Gaming

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Summary

Clash Royale is a fun free-to-play game that mixes collectible cards and RTS in the best possible way. The playing sessions last 4 minutes at most, making it perfect for playing on train or while waiting for your coffee.

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If you are like us, and you have paid any attention at all to the recent mobile gaming scene, you have likely heard all sorts of hype about Clash Royale, and possibly tried the free version, even if it was simply to see what the hype’s about.

The official version has been launched globally, and the game is simply phenomenal, similar to The Clash of Clans.

Well, for those that have never heard of Clash Royale, it is a mix of collectable cards, that represent real-time units, and strategy. Although that all sounds complex, the way they have designed Clash Royale is rather straightforward and does not take much, if any knowledge of RTS gaming.

Comparing to Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering

Clash Royale cards

If you have played either of these card-collecting games, you already know the drill. However, for those new to the genre, Hearthstone players build a deck of 30 cards, and Magic: The Gathering players build a 60-card deck. The issue is, with so many cards, it can be hard to build up a good deck. With Clash Royale, there are only a few dozen cards at present, and players build an 8-card deck.

Because of the lower amount of cards to choose from, it makes it easier to understand what each card is, what it does, and how it affects the gameplay. This means you can quickly learn what works and what doesn’t.

How Clash Royale is played

Clash Royale gameplay

The gameplay is focused around dragging your cards from the deck and summoning the units onto the battlefield. The important part comes from positioning the unit locations rather than micro-managing an entire army.

The AI is basic, and resembles the activity of attacking a Clash of Clans base. Each one of the units will have a behavior that is a little different from the rest. Some units prioritize the structure of targets, while other units simply target the closest enemy. The cards also have a casting cost that uses the Elixir resource, similar to Clash of Clans.

Essentially, what you are doing is creating a deck of 8 cards that, if done correctly, will be the answer to the threats from the opponent. You lay down your cards in hopes of knocking your opponent’s towers down and protecting your own from the same fate.

Freemium catch

Clash Royale characters

While this is a free-to-play game, you likely know already that most free games do have some payable feature. With Clash Royale, you are rewarded for your actions through chests that give you cards. You get a single chest every four hours, and you can hold up to two of these, so once every 8 hours you would need to log in and open a chest to get more.

However, each chest has a rarity, and the rarer the chest, the longer it takes to open. The chest timer is where the payable advantage comes into play. Like Clash of Clans, the currency here is gems, and you will be able to purchase them for real money to skip the chest timer.

Verdict

Clash Royale gems

Overall, if you are looking for a free-to-play mobile game that is fun but does not take up a lot of time, then you may want to check out Clash Royale. Each battle will last four minutes or less, so if you are short on time and bored, this could be a good way to pass the time.

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