Clash of Clans is a growing mobile game that is highly addictive. The gameplay style is cosidared MMORTS, which is something you really do not see that is free to play on iOs and Google Play, sorry Nook users. You start off with a a small base that is bult in through a tutorial and 3 days to build your base to fend off other players from attacking. You can customize your base however you want, but you must fit objects correctly and have the right objects guarding them, for example your storages are supposed to be guarded by any defenses you have seeing as it is a major part deciding if you win or lose. The balance that is provided is that according to either your town hall rank or what league you are in, determines what level of people are going to be attacking you. Likewise for when you attack, you run into people around your rank to keep it fair.
How you play, aside from building your defense, is you build troops at your base and when you have your desired or max amount of troops you click the attack button on the bottom left hand of the screen and find a match against another opponent (A campaign is available). After you find an opponent, like the above picture, you any block that is not highlighted by the user structures and deploy your desired unit. Placement is a big part in deciding if you win or not, you could place your guys all clustered and have them be destroyed by a mortar all at once so think it through first. When attacking you have a percentage of how much of the structures you’ve destroyed, if you destroy %50 you get one star which means no matter what you win that battle. If you destory the town hall you get one star which also means you win. Your goal is to destroy everything and get a total of three stars and leave your enemy in ruins.
One thing that sets this game appart from alot is that the real time base gameplay. You have defences at your base such as cannons and archer towers and more. If you upgrade them, they can take about an hour to 2 days in real life time. While they are upgrading, they are useless to defend you leaving you vulnrable, so you must decide before upgrading, do I want to upgrade this? Am I going to lose an incomming attack? When you lose, you lose materials, gold, elixer, and trophies which decide what league you are in. If you lose though, take advantage of the 12 hour shield that is given to you, upgrade your defenses.
Recently there has been an update for clan wars and it is finally utilizing the clans to what they should be. Now seperate from your base will be a clan base, which from there can be attacked and such you can preform attacks from. This is basically a second base where members of your clan can support in a big attack or upgrading the one clan base. Limitations have been set to prevent exploits on this feature, but it will not take away from the main gameplay at the moment. You must be a certain level in your clan also to have different permisions.