It is often said that the best video games are those that balance depth and simplicity. Players get to figure out exactly what is going on within the first few minutes of gameplay, but after an hour, they realize there’s much more to the game than they thought.
Clash Royale is the perfect embodiment of that experience. It’s a mix between a MOBA and a tower-defense game that’s easy to understand, but once you start sinking your teeth into the fleshy bits under the surface, you’ll uncover an engaging and addictive experience that will keep you hooked for a long time.
Even better is that the game is available both officially and unofficially across multiple platforms, so all you’ll need to join in the fun is the smartphone in your pocket or the computer in your room.
Choosing the Ideal Clash Royale Mobile Platform
Clash Royale first came into the gaming scene in January 2016 with a soft launch beta release that was exclusively available in selected countries on iOS. Today, however, players from all over the world can get in on the action using a myriad of Android devices.
If you’re looking to join the thriving community of Clashers, therefore, your first step will be to sort through the many devices around and pick the one that will offer the best experience.
Below are some things to consider when choosing a mobile platform to play Clash Royale.
1. Hardware Features
The name Clash Royale may sound like that of an action-packed 3D-intensive title, but the game itself is relatively simplistic. Sure, it has some excellent detailing, and all character models and 3D effects are bright and clean, but the game isn’t one that will cause any decent phone or tab to break a sweat.
Therefore, the most important feature to look at is perhaps the screen. Clash Royale is best played on a large-enough display so that you can have a clear view of the fights, and your fingers can have enough room to move the cards around. A 5+ inches screen is ideal, which means you may want to ditch your small iPhone 5 for a larger iPhone or an iPad. Android will give a much wider selection of large-screen devices, and can, therefore, be the better platform, especially if you consider factors like cost and availability.
Of course, screen quality, connectivity (3G or 4G) and battery life are also relevant, but choosing a high-end smartphone or tablet will likely get you the best of those features, regardless of whether it’s an iOS or an Android device.
2. User Experience
Apple diehards have always maintained that iOS is more straightforward to use than Android, but in truth, it all depends on the software to which you’re most accustomed. When it comes to gaming, however, iOS always seems to come out on top, and the same goes for Clash Royale.
Developers of mobile games usually find it easier to optimize their titles for iOS than Android, mainly because there’s a far larger number of devices running Android than iOS. Therefore, all the iPhones and iPads that are currently supported by Apple will run Clash Royale without any issues.
With Android, however, the many devices mean the experience won’t be the same from one gadget to the next. Sure, a game made by a publisher as big and resourceful as Supercell may have a massive team working to make it as flawless as possible, but with iOS, you just can’t go wrong. Low-end Android smartphones and tablets are particularly notorious for in-game performance issues like crashes, lags and failed launches, which significantly undermine the experience.
Updates are among the reasons why Clash Royale remains fresh, despite having been around for nearly two years. The game’s frequent updates tend to deliver on every front, particularly when it comes to introducing new cards.
Therefore, when choosing a platform for Clash Royale, you’ll want to look beyond the game’s current state. Again, the fact that iOS devices are fewer than Android gadgets means you can be sure that any updates you install on your iPhone or iPad will run seamlessly.
Clash Royale’s October update left many players, particularly those using Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 smartphones, unable to play the game in full-screen mode due to a major aspect-ratio-incompatibility issue. Such problems are infrequent in the iOS world.
New Clash Royale players typically install the game on their current handset, but if you’re shopping for a Clash-friendly device, the money you have will play a huge part in determining the platform you choose.
While both Android and iOS have their fair share of expensive, top-of-the-line products, you’ll have better luck striking a bargain if you go the Android way. The sheer number of Android gadgets on the market means you’ll likely find a great budget-friendly device.
Clash Royale may be free to install, but it is very heavy on in-app purchases. Landing a good smartphone or tablet deal can leave you with extra cash that may come in handy when playing the game.
So, both Android and iOS make pretty convincing cases as the best mobile platform for Clash Royale. While Android offers a wider selection of gadgets, some of which can be pocket-friendly, iOS guarantees an unquestionable gaming experience with both present and future versions of the game.
Ultimately, your preferences and budget will determine the platform you pick. If neither Android nor iOS devices fit your bill, however, you’re not out of options. Perhaps your computer will be good enough to do the trick.
Clash Royale on PC
Clash Royale isn’t officially available on PC, but all it takes to get the game on your monitor is one of these two workarounds.
1. Screen Mirroring
If you own an Android device but, for one reason or another, you would prefer to play on your computer, using a screen mirroring app is perhaps the easiest approach. ApowerMirror, for example, enables you to control your phone or tablet with your computer. All you need to do is install the app on both devices, and connect them via USB or Wi-Fi.
ApowerMirror can also stream iOS gadgets to Windows PC or Mac using AirPlay, but you won’t be able to control the game directly with your mouse and keyboard.
Going back and forth between two platforms may seem like a lot of work, so rather than mirroring the screen, you could try installing a simulator app for Android or iOS on your computer. Andyroid is a great Android option, while iPadian is probably the best iOS simulator out there.
Although it may seem less convenient to play a mobile game on PC, it also has a few notable advantages. In addition to having a larger display, a computer allows you to play without getting interrupted by texts or phone calls. It also offers stable recording for easy sharing on YouTube.
Besides, if your smartphone runs anything other than Android or iOS, such as Windows Phone, a computer can be your only option.
A video game is about as fun as the device you play it with, and Clash Royale is no exception. Choosing the right platform will not only give you the experience you want but will also ensure you’re on a level playing field with your fierce competitors online.