Everyone knows about the pay-to-progress faster waiting simulator known as Clash of Clans. It’s a game that brings in so much money that they got Liam Neeson for their Superbowl commercial. It makes $5,000,000 a day!
Clash Royale is what many consider developer Supercell’s first attempt at an actual game in their almost six years of being a company and since its global release in March in has received a lot of support. It has had a couple of balance patches and a lot of marketing behind it. The game even had a tournament in Helsinki with a cash prize of 10,000€ last week.
This game however is fundamentally broken. The more you win the better cards you’ll unlock through in-game chests. These chests take a minimum of 3 hours to open and a maximum of 24 depending on its rarity. What’s so bad about that? Well you only have 4 chest slots and once they are all full then you won’t get another chest until you have an open one. This is only the first of many ways that the game limits your progression.
Each card has a level so the more you collect the stronger it can become if you combine them using in game gold. Eventually the number of cards becomes astronomically high and the gold cost is just as inflated. So how do you cope with this slow progression? Well it’s simple spend money. For the low price of $11,000 you too can make it to the top 50 of the leaderboards in about a month. The game’s global release was a month ago and its already projected to make a billion dollars this year.
Finally the game will match you against better players if you win consistently enough. I do not say better as in “higher skill or trophy rank.” I say better as in they are a higher level which means that their defensive crown towers do more damage and have more health. The game also does not factor card levels into the matchmaking at all so you could be matched against someone with a level 8 musketeer while yours is level 5.
Don’t even get me started on the games balancing. Not all cards are created equally. Prince is the most objectively overpowered card in the entire game and you only get it randomly unless you spend 2000 gold while it’s available in the shop. While Skeleton Army, another epic card is one of the worst cards in the game. Guess which one I got at the start? I’ll give ya a hint. It’s the garbage one.
Despite all of these glaring flaws I find myself enjoying the game immensely. Yeah it’s a broken pay-to-win extravaganza. Yeah prince is overpowered. Yeah Hog Rider Freeze decks exist. Yeah the game’s community is cancerous and the game works against you at every possible turn to stop your win streak or limit your progress, but it’s fun. Winning against these odds is oh so satisfying and if you’re a fan of Clash of Clans then you’re already playing it.
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