Clash of Clans
From raging barbarians, to witches, goblins, and ogres. Clash of Clans throws the entire kitchen sink in when it comes to clans clashing. Since its launch in 2012, Clash of Clans has added new features to the game - but the main aim remains the same.
The aim is to build up your village to a thriving kingdom. Along the way, you unlock buildings and units to protect your plot from enemy clan attacks. You can also raid other players and steal their resources. Resources that help upgrade your buildings or train troops to grow your army. As you progress, you can join a clan or make your own. Clans can then fight other clans for big rewards.
Keeping your village safe from raiding players is a task in itself. It requires strategic placement of buildings, defenses, traps, and walls. It can be the difference between preventing and losing enemy raids. Much like building an army, upgrading buildings need resources. With the resources, it can unlock new units, buildings, or spells.
The game is based on a freemium model. That is, the game is free to play, with some features being easier to access through in-app purchases. Such purchases are often brought with real money, rather than currencies earned in-game.
One of the premium currencies in the game is gems. Gems are more easy to get through in-app purchases, but the game offers ways to gain these over time. Other ways to gain it is through gameplay progression, such as achievements. Gem boxes can also spawn in your village, but they are often a rare find.
Other in-app purchases allow you to gain other resources quicker. This can let you progress the game at a faster pace, getting to the high level content faster. The game is balanced that you don't need to make any purchases to progress. It does make it more convenient to move forward though.