In the recent NFL Superbowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, a commercial went viral for the mobile video game Clash of Clans staring actor Liam Neeson. The video so far has accumulated over 30 million views over the course of five days.
Actor Liam Neeson is well known for starring in the movie Taken, where his daughter is kidnapped on an overseas trip to Paris and he plays a retired CIA Agent who goes on a quest to save her. He is most well known for his line that he has a “particular set of skills.”
You can view the viral video below.
Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans is a mobile MMO strategy video game released in 2012 by the game developer Supercell, a video game company based out of Finland. They are also responsible for the release of the popular mobile farming game Hay Day. According to Forbes, Supercell generates over 2 million dollars in revenue a day from the 8 million daily players of their mobile games. This is amazing considering the revenue is coming from a mobile phone game.
I have never played a mobile phone video game before in my life and I was never interested in them, but I was immediately drawn in to check out the game after seeing the hilarious commercial with Liam Neeson. Shortly after the Superbowl, I downloaded the game.
This game is free to play and they start you out with a basic medieval village. In my village I have two gold mines and two purple resource generators which I call my purple Kool-Aid mixer. You use gold to build up your army and upgrade your town hall. I am still not sure what the purple Kool-Aid resource is supposed to be used for but I know I cannot drink it. They also start you out with about 500 green gems and these gems are used to speed up the work of your builders because they are very lazy.
My civilization has two builders and this means I can only build or upgrade two buildings at the same time. Each lazy worker takes about an hour or more to complete a new building. Unfortunately I cannot create another builder because they cost 500 green gems which I would have to go into the store and pay 5 bucks for. So this means my village would take forever to build up if I don’t go into the in-game store.
Another problem with this game is that they send random attacks on your town while you are away from your phone. So if you use your two builders to upgrade your resource generators, you won’t be able to use them to build town defenses. Without good town defenses, basically you lose your whole village. Luckily this hasn’t happened to me yet.
Attack those goblins
The best part about this game is that you can be an imperialistic jerk and utterly destroy goblin towns. The whole purpose of this game is to create the most powerful army possible so that you can destroy over 50 goblin towns. Later in the game I have discovered that you can even send a dragon to destroy a village. That is how I do business: by sending the dragon Smaug from Lord of the Rings to destroy innocent goblin towns.
If you think your army is strong enough from destroying so many goblin towns, you can try your hand at sending your armies to invade villages in multiplayer. I haven’t tried this feature yet because my town is already having enough trouble dealing with random attacks from the computer. The last thing I need is a dragon to come and roast my town.
The biggest reason why you might not like this game will be the in-game store. Spending 5 dollars on a pack of 500 green gems does not seem like much but it quickly adds up if you keep buying them over and over again. Other than the money barrier to speed up the construction of your village, I still really enjoy the game as a whole. It is the kind of game I play when I am in the bathroom, taking a bath, waiting for an internet video to buffer, and other so called dead times throughout the day.
This game is enjoyable enough so you might as well download it, but keep in mind that it can go from free to expensive real fast.