Clash Royale review
Picture a deck of cards, defensible towers and looming waves of enemies just waiting to cut you down to size, all done in 2D. That’s Clash Royale for you. Though different from previous games in the franchise, it is still a fantastic gaming experience.
Clash Royale is a unique mix of everything from lane-based combat and strategy to a MOBA and TD game. It is not complex, mostly because the action generally takes place from a single perspective. The objective is to play in either 2 vs. 2 or 1 vs. 1 configuration, trying to destroy the opposing enemy’s towers and capturing or destroying their ‘King tower,’ which is an instant win. If both teams have the same number of kills or tower destructions at the end of the game, it goes into overtime, with the first team to destroy any opposing tower winning.
Each player starts with a deck of 8 cards, with four in hand at any given time. To call up players onto the field, you summon a card using Elixir. You can place them on each side of the two lanes on the opposite ends of the field, but not on that covered by the King tower. It takes good strategy and time to learn each of your heroes’ traits, which comes in handy as you will battle diverse groups of opponents. Once you’ve mastered the gameplay mechanics, you can join other clans and play more in co-op mode.
The game makes it easy to summon and deploy cards with instant touches, and you can navigate the well laid out menus by swiping and tapping. While you should know what your heroes’ abilities are, their moves are automatic in battle, taking some juice out of the game.
The game is played from a 2D perspective, although the color render is bright and the character design and variety are nothing short of awesome. There are lots of different arenas, but the graphics could do with a bit more.
Replaying Clash Royale is almost a guarantee. There’s lots of content to unlock, excellent character variety, and a lot of excitement in the gameplay. Battles are passive, but this is the game’s design. You can play inexpensively, with Clash Royale providing freebies such as silver and gold chests just for logging in. The gameplay is also fair, with players only battling others in the same tier of ranking.
- Provides a lot of unlockable content;
- The gameplay is designed quite well;
- Gentle learning curve;
- Great co-op play.
- Even though it’s intended, sometimes combat feels too passive;
- Graphics lack depth and contrast.