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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Castle Clash is a strategic action game that pits players against both artificial-intelligence characters and real-world opponents. There are frequent battles with magic, arrows, and the cries of defeated soldiers, but there is no graphic violence. In the multiplayer mode, players can attack the villages of other players (and defend their own); there's a global chat functionality when players are in their own villages that also features private messaging between users. Fortifying a village and building an army cost money, and the game uses in-app purchases and ads to help players buy in-game currency to upgrade faster.
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What's it about?
In CASTLE CLASH players build a base to train warriors, mount defensive positions and farm gold and mana, while increasing their stockpiles of those precious materials by going out on raids against artificial intelligence enemies and camps of other real world players. Upgrading troops and structures is critical to victory -- though this can only be accomplished with gold and time.
Is it any good?
Like many others of its kind, this fight/build/wait/pay model is fun for those who have time and money to burn; however, for many teens, the real strategy is in how to get more money to pay for upgrades. There's nothing here to make the game stand out from the ever-growing pack of action/base-building games, but it's not quite as money-grabbing as some. Single-player elements of the game quickly become difficult, nudging players to fighting against human opponents, where you can pay to pick and choose your enemies (letting you focus on weaker ones to build your own resources). That means if you don't level up quickly, you're bound to be targeted for attack by stronger players. Though you can unlock heroes, they don't really add much to the game. While it's fun to create and build, the game only allows for so much before
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