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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Clash of Clans (2012) is a cartoony strategy war game played on smartphones and tablets. Set in a fantasy world, you take charge of a village and must build defences against attacks from other players. Likewise, you gain resources by attacking others.

The basic play loop is to develop buildings, units, champions, turrets and traps. You create these by spending in-game currency and then waiting in real time for them to build. These are then placed in your village strategically to be ready for invading enemies. You choose enemy bases to attack which then happens in real time as you call in your different units to assault them in real time. Periodically throughout the day, other players will attack. You then regenerate your defences for the next battle.

You can team up with other players to form a clan. This enables you to join Clan Wars where members work together against other clans. The clan that has the most stars from these battles wins the war.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Clash of Clans 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Strategy game with Action and Fighting elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 50-player online game. You can team up with 50 players in a clan, and take on similar-sized clans. Each battle is against another online player. You can challenge specific people in your clan to battles.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round of this game. Although players spend considerable time tweaking and laying out their village, the battles themselves take around 3 minutes.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Players need not only strategy and resilience but the ability to work collaboratively in an online community. Resilience is important as your work can quickly turn to dust when a more powerful adversary attacks.


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
You can buy gems with real money to speed up building, upgrading and progressing in the game. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/08/2012, updated in 2013

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (50 online)

Genres: Strategy (Action and Fighting)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Persistant World

Developer: Supercell (@Supercell)

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