My name is Ray Long, and I’m the Director of Game Analysis here at Tapjoy. I’ve been a professional game designer for a decade with experience that spans the whole gaming spectrum — from board games all the way to Facebook and mobile games. I’ve spent a lot of my time designing, building evaluating and reviewing products, as well as working with publishers and developers to enhance their games. I’m thrilled to be able to post here on the Tapjoy blog, and my intent is to bring you interesting and educational ideas, as well as tips, tricks and recommendations from the world of gaming. For this first post, I wanted to take a look at one of the most popular titles in mobile and make some recommendations based on other games that take advantage of the same core mechanics, and provide just as much fun and challenge.
Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans®, from Supercell, is one of the most successful mobile games to date, and also one of my all time favorites. It’s a very engaging combat strategy game designed around building up your village, protecting your clansman and attacking those who would otherwise harm them. There have been many games that use this same theory and core mechanic, but what helps separate Clash of Clans from some of the others are the unique characters, the ability to build your community and combine these into a cohesive, yet ever expanding game.
Clash of Clans is not only a well-crafted strategy game, but it is a great example of thoughtful game design and engaging presentation. If you haven’t played it yet, I highly recommend it, and if you’re one of the millions who have tried to dominate the realm, below a few more recommendations of games with similar mechanics, but are different enough in genre, with unique additional mechanics and characters to be compelling for any Clash fan. These are just a few of the mobile games will keep you engaged while you’re waiting for your Hog Riders to train or that level 1 Elixir Collector to finish building.
One of my personal favorites, Samurai Siege from Space Ape Games, has very similar mechanics to Clash of Clans but it is set in a different world with a feudal era feel that fits this style of game very well. If you enjoy the whimsical art style of Clash of Clans, but desire a different genre with familiar gameplay then I highly recommend Samurai Siege. The general premise is that your clan of samurai must vanquish ninjas and secure the safety of your village while expanding it further. The game play can be very similar to Clans (which is a good thing!), but revolving the gameplay around a battle between Ninjas and Samurais is imaginative and fun.
Planet Wars: Star Legend
Let’s go from ancient Japan to the Outer Ring with Planet Wars: Star Legend from Animoca. Again, we have a game with similar gameplay to Clash of Clans, but Planet Wars adds a bit more complexity to the gameplay through a deeper update system and quirky characters in an outer space setting. This game is beautifully designed with a gorgeous rendered technological universe and engaging quests, which do a great job of filling in the gaps of the world.
If you enjoy Clash of Clans style combat, and want slightly more complexity in the strengths vs weaknesses balancing, then Planet Wars: Star Legend is for you…of and of course it has that awesome sci-fi flavor.
Download Planet Wars: Star Legend from the Apple App Store℠
My final recommendation for this week that is based on the core elements of the combat strategy genre is from the acclaimed studio Spacetime Games, and it is called Battle Dragons.
Battle Dragons is another game that lets you battle the thousands of other players worldwide and compete as you build and defend you right to reign supreme. You must build a village for your dragons, make sure they have enough sheep to eat and acquire a large enough hoard to attack other villages.
One of my favorite features of this game is that once per day I can test my own defenses by attacking my own village with my own dragons without losing any of the units or buildings! As if controlling a bunch of dragons with cool powers wasn’t enough I can also play against myself! Instead of PvP its PvMe. How cool is that?
Whether you’re a Clash of Clans fan or not, I’d love to hear what you think of these recommendations and…oh, and don’t forget to check you Clash builds while slaying dragons, mechs and those pesky ninjas.