Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are from the same maker, Supercell. The world they belong to is practically the same. So what makes them different? Quite a lot, actually.
Basically, the only connecting thread between CoC and CR is that they function in the same universe but differ in terms of game play and the amount of money one has to spend.
What are the games about?
CoC is a strategic action game. You build a space of your own which you will have to defend against enemies. This is a multi-player game as well which means you can play with another real person. The characters you interact with can be AI or the ones handled by a real-world player. The essence of the game is that you build your own village and try to defend it as much as possible. Conflict is also a theme in CoC as you can get attacked by a real-world opponent and AI characters. In short, you will spend a lot of time making your village strong and building an army for defensive purposes.
CR, on the other hand, is a tower-defense game wherein you play against a real-world opponent. The game also has elements of collectible card games and multi-player online battles. You basically choose a combatant to attack the tower of an enemy from a deck of cards. You also defend your tower by choosing a character from the card deck. The aim of the game is to destroy the tower of your enemy. As a result, you will be rewarded with a chest that is filled with gems, gold and character cards. When not battling, you can focus on unlocking lot chests, customizing battle decks, joining other players for a chat, donating or requesting cards, and visiting the shop to purchase cards and other upgrades.
Are the games any good?
In terms of having something to distract you for a period of time, these games succeed. However, they can also be addicting. Since both games involve actual money for purchases, you might end up spending quite a lot if you get way too into the game. Then again, the purchasing spree might be greater when playing CR because success highly depends on it. With CoC, you can still rely on your building skills and resource gathering to keep you safe before needed a purchase.
So what’s the verdict?
Although set in the same universe, you don’t need to know about one or the other in order to enjoy the games. Liking whichever game depends on where your interests lie.
CR looks pretty straightforward in that you just drag and drop a character from a deck of cards and see how everything goes. But strategy plays a huge role here as well as you need to have a good deck in order to succeed. And the only way you’re getting a decent deck is if you can topple the tower of your enemy.
On the other hand, CoC attracts those who enjoy world building games. There’s more of a multi-player vibe with this game as well as you do form an alliance with other players.
CoC may be from the same maker but both offer something different for users, and the choice between the two depends on your interests.