It’s been a long time coming, but when Supercell’s new game Clash Royale landed in the UK App Store, it didn’t disappoint.
The game combines the popular faces from Clash of Clans with gameplay that card battlers like Hearthstone would be proud of, alongside a dose of FIFA Ultimate Team in the ‘packs’ – chests – and the online match-ups. The aim of the game is to defeat other players in battles and rise up the arenas. You do this by winning trophies after defeating other, similar-level players to you in battles, and the more trophies you have, the higher your arena.
Here’s how battles work – each player has a Battle Deck of 8 cards. Cards are unlocked in chests, with Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary cards, each rarer than the one before. Different cards are unlocked at different arenas, and each has a different elixir cost.
In battle, you have 3 minutes to destroy the other player’s towers – each player has two crown towers and a kings tower, the former getting you 1 crown, whilst if you destroy the latter you immediately win the battle. You destroy towers by placing cards in the game. Some cards defend, like the Cannon, whilst some attack, like the Balloon. Most cards will be able to attack both the opponent’s cards and their towers, and you aim to destroy more towers than your opponent in 3 minutes. The currency, elixir, will gradually rise over time and you spend it on deploying cards to battle the opponent.
If that all seems very confusing, here is a video of what a battle looks like…