Quite frankly now, I haven’t talked about mobile games since I first ranted about Candy Crush almost two years ago and that is I guess because of the fact that I didn’t really play too many of those so I had little to no knowledge about them (except for Candy Crush, which I did have to test before writing about it). However all this changed a few months ago because of various factors that I want to underline in the following rows. Being a fellow who enjoys watching commercials since I also do a little advertising here and there myself I came across the ads for a little game called Clash of Clans and to tell you the truth I haven’t seen such awesome ads in quite some time and most certainly not for a bloody mobile game. This clearly raises the question of where do they have all the cash to run all of them successful ad campaigns, but we’ll get to that later. For now allow me to share with you this first ad that the chaps have put out to promote their creation. Also this should give you an idea with what kind of game are we dealing with in here.
You and This Army: Clash of Clans TV Ad
There you have it, that is the ad that stirred my interest when I first saw it. Still I wasn’t that much into it, but you know I would say it did its job as it was memorable enough for me to remember the game when I saw their other commercials. Time passed and the marketing team has made more ads in another successful attempt to further promote their game and again they succeded. Now I will not refer you to any individual video, but to their entire playlist and I will tell you that clearly the best addition to the whole ad section was the Wizard … Every commercial where we find this little twerp is an instant 30 sec success story. Whether you hate or love that little imp you most cearinly watched the bastard. So in order to get you in the mood do please check out this as well:
Clash of Clans – Revenge
Did you watch them? Did you watch them all? Have you noticed Liam Neeson in there? Well how do you think that they afford to pay that actor and then air his commercial during the Super Bowl? I mean the bloody game is free to donwload and play now isn’t it? Well it sure as hell is! Now let me get right into the meat here and present you my own experience playing this pretty little one location endless updateable game … That during the time this was written had an XP level cap of 300 a max Town Hall level of 10 and about 2.5k days of playtime to unlock it all, provided you have the money to buy the gold and purple jizz required for all of them (this does not include gems)!
The start is pretty cool, the building takes a decent amount of time and everything is nice and pink and colorful since you have a shield active for quite just enough time to fool you into thinking the game is actually cool. The graphics are decent for a mobile game and the overall playing experience is mediocre to good, however the problme is you don’t really have anything interesting to do in the very beginning. There’s a small single player campaign where you target some goblins that become exponetially difficult to tackle and which you won’t beat up until you gain a few levels and as such if you really want to see your barbarians do some damage you will probably find yourself doing the first mission over and over and over again until you are sick of it.
Once your’re leveled up and good to go … As in you have at least a evel 3 or 4 Town Hall you get to see the “real” game where you attack another random player and attempt to destroy villange (hence the defence which you clearly had no idea what the hell was it supposed to do since the goblins did not strike back). In return that player gets to attack you as well as long as you have no active shield. It is all fun up until you reach a point where you realize that your army is totally outmatched and that all the “worthy opponents” you are randomly given to beat are way, way more overpowered that you are (do please note I did not spend any money and I did manage to level up till level 5 and then I just simply had to do like Elsa and “let it go”). As with anything cool and mainstream such as this mobile app you bet your arse there’s an honest trailer for it and you can watch it right now if you haven’t done so already (if you did watch it, then just watch it again!):
Clash of Clans – Honest Game Trailer
I guess the epic voice sums it all up and I have nothing else to add. As interesting and as cool as the commercials may be, the overall gamign experience sucks (big time) simply because from a point onwards you will not be winning anymore battles regardless of how carefully you choose them unless you decide to spend some cash and upgrade faster or just simply wait and then wait and wait some more up until … Well you get the point! Anyways I sort of experienced the very same feeling when I returned to playing Hearthstone and I realized that my basic pack could no longer cope with average players who completed “The Curse of Naxxramas” and had the bloody legendaries to show for it. The new expansion “Blackrock Mountain” will clearly only add to it and all the same I would refer you again to the honest trailer for that game as well, because the review very much says it all.
And with this I assume that everything can be summed up and we can all enjoy our games knowing that whatever we play we most certainly made the right choice … As long as the game isn’t free to play or at least isn’t “pay to win” it should be all good, right? Well not necessarily, but that should be the overall main point. With these being said I take my leave and wish you all happy gaming in whatever field you are caught up right now!