In 2012, I was publishing the video podcast “IPad365” – reviewing an app a day. One app I remember talking about was the game Clash of Clans by Supercell. It just had it’s worldwide release, and it was a perfect fit for games Tuesday.
I was on a 3rd generation iPad at the time of the video. It didn’t have much – just the ability to build and attack. By the 4th day, they updated with stronger walls and the Giant Bomb, along with making tweaks to the attacks.
At that time, I was looking for a new game to play – WeRule was my goto guilty pleasure game, but rumors of it’s demise started to surface (and it did a month later). Therefore, I was hoping Clash of Clans would flip that bill.
And it did.
Since then, the game grew to overwhelming success. There were YouTubers creating how-to channels, forums discussing strategies, and I definitely was hooked.
Would It Fade Out?
Around 2015-2016, I did get a little nervous as to it’s success. Clash Royale debuted, and their other games – Hey Day and Boom Beach – was competing for attention. I felt the updates were lacking and excitement was dwindling. Still, I had a good Clan of friends playing, so I decided to see where it would go.
I’m glad I stayed on.
The Builder Base came in 2017, which both gave a renewed feeling to the game, but also question how much you can pack into the program. Still, being able to start over without starting over was a great way to get the rush of the new base again. I was re-hooked.
The Builder Base was a smaller game, so completing it didn’t take too long. But then in 2019, the last real upgrade happened (Lava Launcher, Hog Glider, and O.T.T.O.). The team hinted at that part of the game changing, but in all reality, I never saw it.
If it wasn’t for the Clan Games and Monthly Challenges, I would’ve completely abandoned that part.
Of course, COC was a very big part in my Pandemic schedule. I was still wondering if the game had run it’s course. A lot of my friends moved on, and I happened to find a new Clan that didn’t kick out people because they didn’t participate in every war.
So it was more about the clan mates to keep me sane.
Clan Capital Renewal
The most interesting part of Clan Capital is that you work on it as a team. We have someone that starts Clan League Wars, and we have someone that monitors the Clan Capital. That way, communication is helping us all win.
What to Expect in the Next 10 Years
The best part about phones and tablets are they can do a lot more than simple gaming. Keeping the Clans fresh for new faces to join is going to be tough. But you also want to give your long time players new toys to play with.
Supercell has been focusing on E-Gaming, which is a big part of Clash. As long as the YouTubers make videos, and Supercell gives us quality upgrades (without too much “Hey! Buy this Skin”), I would expect us to be celebrating the 20th anniversary.