The gaming landscape has changed in unprecedented ways over the past 10 years, and this can be clearly evidenced by the landmark popularity of games like Clash of Clans. It’s an awesome little title that, along with other titles games like it, have taken the mobile gaming marketplace by storm! If you’ve never given it a try, you most certainly should. But regardless of that fact, there are plenty of other mobile games that have the same breadth and scope of excitement that Clash of Clans boasts, and they’re just as easy to jump into!
We can thank the mobile gaming marketplace for making “gamer culture” just a bit more mainstream than it used to be. Now, if you have an Android device or an iPhone, you have access to one of the most robust gaming libraries that the industry has ever seen. Clash of Clans is one of the games on the top of that pile. Not necessarily because it’s the best game, but because it’s the most accessible; people who never once thought of themselves as gamers have gravitated towards lighter titles like this because they’re fun and approachable.
Clash of What, Now?
If you’ve even taken a cursory glance at what’s hot on your mobile device’s app store, you’ve probably seen Clash of Clans advertised. Though it’s not quite as popular as it once was, this little game took the mobile platform by storm upon its release. Competitors released endless copycat games, spinoffs were created, and it shaped expectations for what a mobile game can do, and how it can succeed on iOS and Android devices.
At its core, Clash of Clans is a strategy game. It’s cartoonish graphics cover up a well-balanced, difficult game in which “clans” of players form alliances and work to conquer opponents using their various clans of soldiers, and other fantasy-inspired units.
10 Great Games Like CoC
Just as we mentioned above, there are dozens of games on the app marketplace that are eerily similar to Clash of Clans. However, most of them don’t manage to be as good, and thus they won’t find a recommendation on this list.
A few of CoC’s primary competitors, however, embrace the same gameplay elements with a different twist, and it’s those games that we’re interested in telling you about, today. So fire up your app store, dig in, and see if you enjoy the strategic elements of these games, similar to Clash of Clans.
The first that we’re going to toss your way is Clash Royale, and you should be concerned about that similar name. Different developers were responsible for making this game to come to life, but the art style and gameplay correlations are unmistakable.
However, Clash Royale is a very different type of game from Clash of Clans, which you should know before jumping into it. Instead of a massive map with many different opponents, this is a strategic “card battler,” where each of your units is represented by a deck of representing cards. It’s a different take on the strategy genre, but if you’re an old-time CoC fan, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that World of Warcraft is one of the most successful gaming IPs of all time. This spinoff, however, uses characters, settings, and stories from the popular MMORPG and incorporates them into a strategic card battling system. It’s not so different from Clash Royale, mentioned above, but ends up being a somewhat more complex game.
The competitive scene is pretty stellar, too. If you really get into it, you’ll never be short on other people to play against, online.
If it’s set in the Star Wars mythology, you can trust that it’s going to be pretty good. The concept of this game is actually quite similar to what you’ll find in Clash of Clans. You’ll pick a side—Rebellion or Empire—and train troops, build bases, and defend yourself against enemy assaults while planning your own. It’s compelling stuff, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll have double the reason to play!
Who hasn’t heard of the Call of Duty franchise, at this point? It’s one of the most popular names in the FPS (first-person shooter) genre, and for good reason—we see a new Call of Duty game out practically every year, on PCs and modern gaming consoles.
Call of Duty: Heroes is something of a spinoff, in that regard. It utilizes characters from throughout the Call of Duty franchise, as well as technologies and weapons made popular by the core games in the series. With that, it builds a strategic combat game that is quite different from Clash of Clans but still fits into the overall RTS (real-time strategy) genre.
Once upon a time, a game called Age of Empire was a dominating force when it came to PC strategy games. Total War Battles: Kingdom is like a happy marriage between the medieval warfare popularized by that series, and the pick-up-and-play style of Clash of Clans. And that’s a good thing, too, because it happens to be pretty fun when the two things are mixed together.
If you understand the RTS concept, you know the name of the game. Gather resources, build your bases, upgrade your units, and protect your lands from forces that threaten them. It’s basic stuff but wrapped up in the darkly medieval aesthetic, it becomes a new kind of fun.
Want something of a more “old school” variety? Look no further than Stick War: Legacy, which is an upgraded take on the Flash-based game that eventually became popular on iOS and Android. The graphics are about as simple as they get—stick men fire arrows and hurl weapons at each other, and it’s up to you to become a master of strategy, dexterity, and trajectory as you attempt to bring the opposing force low.
It’s remarkably simple in concept. You can pick it up and play it, and within five minutes, you’ll probably know ever nuance of the game. It’s also quite a lot different from Clash of Clans, but it definitely still scratches that same itch of fast-paced strategy.
Looking at the title of this game, it might be easy to presume that you know what it’s all about. Hell, you probably do know what it’s all about. Dragons. Dragon armies. Fighting with dragon armies.
And really, that’s enough, isn’t it?
This game embraces the same formula that Clash of Clans used (but did not originally create) to find its way to success. And once again, the different aesthetic and modified gameplay mechanics help this to truly feel like a fresh experience.
If the title itself wasn’t enough, the gameplay that you’re going to find here is similar to what’s offered in Clash of Clans. However, this game is far more than just another clone, wrapped in a different skin. Jungle Heat doesn’t feature any of the medieval archers, knights, mages, and other troop units popular in this genre. Instead, you’re going to be carrying out guerilla warfare against your opponents in the heat of a tropical jungle, battling over oil and gold.
It doesn’t exactly have any real-world correlation—think of it as an action movie. But it’s still a heck of a lot of fun and features many mechanical differences that set it apart from other, similar games on mobile platforms.
In Boom Beach, you’re battling to free enslaved islanders from the evil regime of Blackguard. Gameplay elements are par for the course, in an RTS—gather resources, train troops, deploy them against your enemy. But the different locales and the overall objective of liberating captured people gives this game a twist that helps it to differ from Clash of Clans.
The overall aesthetic is a lot of fun, too, and the tropical setting lets the overall appeal of Boom Beach be lighthearted.
As I am often liking to do, I’ve saved the oddest of the bunch for last. Though this game differs wildly from its RTS brethren on this list, it’s nevertheless a great strategy game that requires quick thinking. And like Clash of Clans, you can enjoy it in short bursts, without the need to commit to long hours of gameplay.
Instead of training up a small army to overtake a small patch of land, you’re going to be training up an illness—viral, bacterial, fungal—and using it to take down the entire world. If that doesn’t sound like a refreshing disruption in gameplay, I don’t know what does. Plague, Inc. has been around just as long as Clash of Clans, and though it might appear different on the surface, I’m willing to bet that CoC fans will find a lot to enjoy in it.
How’s that for a ten-part verdict? These awesome games are different from Clash of Clans in some ways, and similar in others. Overall, though, you’re bound to enjoy them almost as much as that gem of a game. And if you feel like we missed your favorite Clash of Clans alternative, you can let us know in the comments below!