Clash Royale

App review by
Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy action-strategy game wants all your time and money.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 83 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 110 reviews

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Ease of Play

Crafted to be as easy as possible. Intro tutorial and gameplay videos make it simple, though strategy is learned through gameplay.


Objective of game is to annihilate other players' towers through violence, but it's cartoonish, and defeated characters only vanish in a puff of smoke or pile of pink or blue goo.


No offensive language in the game itself, but players use profanity in chat feature.


Designed to push you to buy in-game currency and items by making players wait for new cards and leveling up opportunities. Opponents will have better cards, resulting in swift defeats, unless you spend money to upgrade to similar levels or wait weeks to earn enough resources. No parent gate on purchases.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clash Royale is a "freemium" tower-defense game that pits players against other real-world opponents in a medieval cartoon battle. It's tough to play the game without a great deal of patience or real money because rewards and upgrades require either lots of time or cash to unlock. There's also in-game, unmoderated chat that lets players communicate directly with one another; during the review period we saw lots of swearing and sharing of personal information. Read the app's privacy policy to get a sense of what kinds of data are collected and shared by the developer. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykirsh b. December 5, 2017

I don't know why?

I believe this game is fine. I don't comprehend why other parents are so disappointed about this game and why there are so many reiterated negative reviews... Continue reading
Adult Written byc s November 5, 2016

mindless entertainment with no learning or skills growing value, waste of time

there is no skill to this game, random stupidity and waste of time, much better entertainment out there.
Teen, 17 years old Written bySalty_Bacon October 7, 2019

Stop Being Salty and learn how to play

This game can be F2P. I have seen a lot of reviews claiming that this game is unfair and P2W. Well guess what. I played for 2 hours once and I got to arena 9.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 12, 2017

It's a really good game.

This game is amazing and common sense media is wrong. YOU SHOULD PLAY THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!

What's it about?

CLASH ROYALE is a real-time action strategy game where players choose from a deck of cards featuring a variety of medieval fantasy combatants to attack enemy towers and defend their own from real-world opponents doing the same. Gameplay involves simply dragging desired cards onto the battlefield to spawn characters, at the cost of an ever-regenerating magical elixir. Destroying an opponent's main tower or the most minor towers at the end of each two-minute battle results in a chest full of gold, gems, and character cards, which can all be used to make better decks and upgrade to stronger combatants. Outside of battle, players can unlock loot chests (either by waiting a preset amount of time or by paying gems to open immediately), customize battle decks, join a clan of fellow players to chat and donate or request specific cards, or visit the in-game shop to buy more cards, upgrades, or in-game currency. 

Is it any good?

As a way to kill some time and get a quick thrill, it succeeds; however, it's designed to be addictive with its balance of free and paid content, fast adrenaline rushes, and the promise of rewards. Unlike some others of its kind, this incarnation of the pay-or-wait strategy incorporates card collection and special powers, which adds some interest. Yet the entertainment value is fleeting and as frequently frustrating as it is exciting. There are many better fantasy games, better tower-defense games, and better card-based strategy games out there but none that keep players itching for a fix half as effectively as Clash Royale does. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about protecting yourself online. What kinds of information are and are not OK to share with strangers on the Internet? How should kids respond when someone makes them feel threatened or uncomfortable? 

  • Talk about your rules about in-app purchases and waiting vs. paying. Can your teen buy upgrades or pay to avoid waiting? What's the value in learning to wait?

  • Discuss good sportsmanship and patience in the face of defeat when you can't see your opponent in person, as Clash Royale features no shortage of one-sided games and rude players. (Especially if your kids seem like they're into massively online games, this could start a good conversation about how not to be one of "those" players.)

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