Clash Royale

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

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 29 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 48 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of play

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

Violence

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.

Sex
Language

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

Consumerism

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

Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written byCarley B. September 23, 2016

X rated clan names

Although, the game itself seems to be appropriate for younger aged children, the messaging feature and the clan names are its downfall. Numerous clan names (wh... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byCheese and Bread July 12, 2016

Clash Royale

Fun but XTREMLY angering
Teen, 15 years old Written byXYHC March 25, 2016

An amazing game that you need to be careful before downloading

This is one of my favourite video games! You really need to react quickly and come up with different strategies for so many possible situations. This game can b... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 8, 2016

Addictive gameplay and awesome grahpics

This game is great and addictive and it is also based of of the hit game Clash of Clans. In the Clans people cus. It can make people really angry if you lose (I... Continue reading

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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