The first three sections below address parental concerns. Following, if you are interested in playing Clash of Clans, I have a section for strategies that have been very useful for me.
Is Clash of Clans safe for my kids to play unsupervised?
As with anything, it depends on the age of your children and your family values. I don’t find the game too violent for my kids but I don’t let them play unsupervised because of the chat aspect of the game. The ability to buy gems or other in-app purchases on our family google account is password protected so my kids are unable to spend real money without parental approval.
In the game you train troops that you use to raid villages in order to pillage loot. The village has defences and sometimes clan castle troops that try to thwart your efforts. In this process troops are eliminated. There is no blood but when a troop is destroyed, it shouts a death cry and a ghostly skeleton hovers in its stead and slowly fades away. Troops that survive explode into bubbles of purple elixir. All fallen and unused troops appear as tombstones once the battle is complete.
I find the violence in this game to be quite mild. It isn’t bloody and it always keeps a whimsical, cartoonish feel to the battles.
Global and Clan Chat
There is a social media aspect to the game. You can publicly chat online with anyone in the world who is currently playing CoC. Only usernames and clan names appear in the chat area. There are no private chat rooms but I have seen people reveal names, email addresses, and usernames from other games and apps. The Global Chat is mostly used to recruit clan members and to trash talk each other. You can report users for being inappropriate.
If you are in a clan, you can chat with anyone in your clan in a Clan Chat that is public to everyone in your clan but not to all players worldwide like the Global Chat. This chat is mostly used to discuss strategy, request troops, and share replays of triumphant raids and epic failures. Some players use this as a way to just visit with other clan members.
The chat features are practical for recruiting clan members, planning defence and attack strategies, but the risk of exposing my kids to inappropriate language and potential predators is too big a risk for me to let them play the game unsupervised. When we play Clash of Clans, we play together.
Like most online “freemium” games these days, real money can be used to enhance gameplay. In CoC real money is used to purchase Gems. Gems are then used to purchase gold, elixir, dark elixir, and to boost loot collectors and barracks. For the most part, Gems are used to speed up the upgrading process. If you are impatient or you need just a little more loot to do an upgrade, Gems can be very tempting. As you go up in levels, the upgrading time also increases which makes it difficult to resist using Gems to speed up the process. If you’re patient or just don’t want to spend the money, you can play without purchasing gems.
My family account is password protected and my kids don’t know the password. If they want to make an in-app purchase, it has to be done by a parent. Be aware that this game can use real money and be sure to discuss this with your kids.
There are several sites and videos with excellent strategy tips and demonstrations. My favorite is Clash of Clans Wiki. Below are a few tips I think will be very useful for you.
- Make sure you max everything before you move on to the next town hall.
- Don’t worry about trophies until you’ve totally maxed out.
- Unless you’re in a war or pushing for trophies, use a farming base (town hall on the outskirts with loot storage in the middle).
- If you’re going to buy gems spend them on:
- builder’s huts
- boosting barracks
- boosting spell factory
- boosting hero recovery time
I love to play Clash of Clans. I find it relaxing and entertaining. One of the best things about CoC are the commercials. They are clever and hilarious. This one is my favourite: