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Clash of Clans

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Multiplayer mode enlivens freemium combat strategy game.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 92 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to strategize and learn from their mistakes. Defeating enemies is not simply a matter of having the most troops. They must be deployed smartly, or you will lose. Similarly, watching footage of enemies storming your village can instruct players on how to deploy resources to win battles. It's similar to a football player watching game film to better his performance. Clash of Clans doesn't offer a deep learning experience, but players will be able to practice strategy and reflect on their decisions.

Ease of Play

The game gently walks you through the early levels, with a focus on single-player. By the time players venture into the multiplayer arena, they have a good understanding of what's necessary. 


The game is classified as an action/strategy title for a good reason. Although you spend some time building up your village, the game is more about attacking NPC (non-player character) goblins or the villages of other players to loot gold and elixir. There's no blood, but, when your troops are killed, they scream and briefly become ghosts, and then tombstones are shown on the ground. 


A live chat presents the opportunity for iffy language, though the game has a well-defined system to report users. 


The game gives players a good stockpile of resources at the start of the game, but the longer you play, the harder they are to find. Players are likely to be tempted by the in-app purchases for gems; they range from $5 to $100. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clash of Clans is a strategic action game that pits players against both artificial-intelligence characters and real-world opponents. The app's license agreement requires all players to be at least 13; teens 13 to 17 are supposed to have a guardian agree to the terms, but it's on the honor system. There are frequent battles with explosions and the cries of defeated soldiers, but there is no graphic violence. The game's core component is its multiplayer mode, wherein players can attack the villages of other players (and defend their own), but they don't communicate with each other directly when these attacks occur -- though there is a global and intra-clan chat functionality when players are in their own villages. Fortifying a village and building an army cost money, and the game uses in-app purchases to help players buy in-game currency to upgrade quicker. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl L. September 12, 2017

Amazing. 4+

This game is very fun, and it is not at all 13 plus! The gameplay isn't too difficult, and just turn the "filter clan chat" button on and you... Continue reading
Parent Written byAmanda T. October 23, 2017

Steer Clear - Addictive therefore not appropriate for kids who don't earn their own money.

As the MOTHER of a player Supercell gets 0 stars. After having made unauthorised payments, can I get hold of Supercell? No, of course not. NOT a responsible com... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byno more lies March 23, 2017

Kill it

Worst game you could ever play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCub5 October 15, 2015

Money grabbing bad game

Don't bother with this game. Supercell brand it as a "strategy" game but there is no strategy. You just deploy your troops and they go ambling ar... Continue reading

What's it about?

It's all about resources in this game. You'll spend your in-game cash on resources, such as cannons, shelter, and decorations, and then attack other camps to gain money, which you'll spend to get more resources. What makes CLASH OF CLANS unique is the mix of artificial-intelligence enemies and the ability to battle real-world friends and foes. When real-world enemies destroy your village, you're able to watch a replay of the battle to observe their tactics and shore up defenses for the next attack. (It's also worth noting that even if your village is destroyed in battle, all major buildings remain undamaged from your perspective, though you will need to rearm traps.)

Is it any good?

Clash of Clans doesn't make any dramatic changes to the strategy formula, but it does make just enough refinements to recapture the genre's addictive elements. Players are on a familiar treadmill, building a base and attacking others, but the introduction of the multiplayer element and the ability to see exactly how your defenses were overcome (battles happen independent of the gameplay you see) let you learn from your mistakes. And, for players who don't want to take part in player-versus-player combat, there's a strong solo campaign. 

The game gives players an adequate amount of resources to start, but, to really build a powerhouse, they'll ultimately need to rely on in-app purchases (or be extremely lucky in battles). This free app also has been one of the top-grossing apps, so many users do opt to purchase gems with real money. The AI of your troops is frustrating, though. (They'll be looting a building and be seemingly unaware that they're being fired upon.) Also, the time it takes for buildings and upgrades to be completed can get frustrating. Overall, though, this is a fine choice for strategy fans. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage teens to play real-world strategy games, such as chess.

  • When teens fail at a task, have them review it mentally and determine how to improve their performance next time.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free (The app is free to download and play, but players can buy gems via in-app purchase; packs range from $5 to $100.)
  • Release date: November 6, 2013
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 50.20 MB
  • Publisher: Supercell
  • Version: 5.64
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

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