Who’d have thought that smartphone and tablets would become one of the most prominent ways that people play games, anymore? Clash Royale is among the most popular of these little titles, but these 10 fun games of similar design and style are just as enjoyable. Whether you’re a fan of card battlers, fantasy games, MMOs, or other selections like Clash Royale that tend to embrace all three, keep on reading to get previews of some of the best games that you can find on the iOS and Android app stores.
Quite a few people might be surprised at how fun Clash Royale is. Sure, they immediately think of its better-known cousin, Clash of Clans, but the gameplay style presented in this game is both familiar and refreshingly new. Instead of navigating a huge map, and choosing a place to build up a base, you’re instead using a customized deck of cards to attack and defend against a single opponent. The cards represent your various units and abilities, and the randomized order of each player’s deck keeps the action new and engaging.
It’s not a particularly new concept, but it sure feels like it on Android and iOS. However, the rather simple nature of the gameplay makes it extremely approachable. Even if you’ve never played this type of game before, you can pick it up, dig in, and know most of the ins and outs within the space of a few minutes.
To be clear, it’s very obvious why Clash Royale is an endearing game. It’s mechanically well-designed, and the cartoonish art style is both fun and kind of adorable. And if these particular elements don’t draw you in, there’s a good chance that the fast-paced gameplay is going to do so, too.
Much like Clash of Clans, this game is free to play, and the only benefit you’ll gain from spending more money on it is more opportunity to play, throughout the day. Because of this, Clash Royale is one of those perfect games that you can just pick up and play for a few minutes, and still be satisfied with.
10 Fun Games Like Clash Royale
When we talk about “games like Clash Royale,” we’re not going to pitch a list of copycats at you. That doesn’t sound particularly fun or exciting; if you wanted something exactly like Clash Royale, you’d just play more of it!
Instead, we’re going to show you games that have similar playstyles. And beyond that, games that have appealing, unique aesthetics in the same way that Clash Royale does.
The first game that I’m going to recommend is arguably one of the best. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s based on one of the most successful game franchises of all time. Without a doubt, you’ve heard about the MMORPG World of Warcraft. And many of the design elements that make it compelling transfer quite well to this turn-based card game.
It’s not as fast-paced as Clash Royale, primarily because there’s a lot more strategy behind how it’s played. Cards are more diverse, there’s a much bigger selection of them, and the multiplayer aspect of the game is (in this author’s opinion) much more fun. Because this is probably the most polished game on this list, it’s also the most customizable. Thus, if you’re a fan of the more strategic elements of Clash Royale, there’s a good chance that you’ll like this game even more!
If you’re an anime fan, you’ve probably heard of Yu-Gi-Oh. And if you’ve heard of Yu-Gi-Oh, there’s no reason to keep yourself from trying out this card battling game, which is much more than just a promotional tie-in to the show. It’s a complex little gameplay experience that fans of Clash Royale should surely enjoy.
All of the fast-paced action that you enjoyed in the fan-favorite show is on display, here. And while it might be accompanied by a bit less polish and flair, that doesn’t make it any less of a fun time!
We’re going to preview two deep, intricate collectible (digital) card games in a row, so prepare yourself! The first of these is SolForge, and it’s one of the best free-to-play games that you’re going to find on Android and iOS.
As intricate as this game can get, however, it actually has a fairly slim learning curve. You can jump in and understand the core basics of the game without very much trouble at all, and it’s this approachability that helps to set it apart. You “level up” your cards as you put them into play, which makes every match you engage in feel both powerful and meaningful.
Fans of deep gameplay beware—there’s a good chance that this one is going to suck you in and not let go. It’s developed from the ground up by Wizards of the Coast, which means—you guessed it—that it’s based on the popular Magic: The Gathering trading card game of a similar name. You know, the one that’s been popular for decades.
Make no mistake, there is a definite learning curve behind this excellent card-based strategy game. You’ll be able to build and customize your own deck, play it to its advantages, and conquer real opponents. It’s compelling for all of the same reasons that the original game was.
Come for the gameplay or come for the artwork—Shadow Era is a very fun card battling game that has a lot in common with both Hearthstone and Clash Royale. It’s far less “cartoony” than the latter but offers a great deal of customization with the cards available in it. As in Hearthstone, the base game is free to play, and you can either earn more cards by playing a bunch or buy card packs to bolster your collection.
It requires some time commitment if you really want to get the most out of it
The Order and Chaos games are fairly popular, for bringing the MMORPG genre so prominently to mobile game space. Millions of people have created characters in the popular series, available on Android and iOS. If you count yourself among them, you’re sure to enjoy this card game rendition of the fantastical mythology. Even if you’re not, there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy what it offers.
It’s very clearly inspired by Hearthstone (which is similarly based on a larger MMORPG property) but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, there are few enough Hearthstone-inspired games that it still manages to feel pretty unique, and the large selection of cards means that customizable strategies are quite a bit of fun.
Fair warning—you might have a little bit of trouble taking this card game seriously.
It’s very clearly based on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, and while it might feel a little bit gimmicky when you’re first getting started, that doesn’t make it any less fun. In fact, it’s a refreshing departure from the more serious medieval and fantasy-themed card battle games that you’re going to find on popular app stores.
We’re going to deviate slightly from our focus on mobile games, here, and instead, introduce you to one that you’ll play on your PC. Without a doubt, you’ve probably heard of the popular MMORPG Runescape. It’ll please you to know, then, that this card battling game is based entirely on that fictional property, and actually does a great job of importing many of the mechanics and other enjoyable aspects of the Runescape universe.
It’s free to play, the art is great, and it has a ton of depth that will reward you for your time spent learning the game’s mechanics.
This one was a bit of a surprise when it was released. It’s a cooperative card battling game that rewards players for organized teamwork, in their mission to overtake the forces of the Black Knight and retake Camelot.
Many familiar card battle elements are on display, here. Of course, strategic thinking and planning is essential, but what really shakes up the experience is the focus on cooperative multiplayer.
We might just label this another familiar-flavored fantasy-themed deck building card battle game…but most of the elements that make up this particular game are well-designed, and come with a surprising amount of polish. The art is great, and the various fantastical races that you’ll play as are actually pretty interesting. Don’t be surprised if you end up getting pulled into the game’s compelling mythology after you spend a bit of time playing it.
Card battlers have been popular on the iOS and Android app stores for quite a while, but games like Clash Royale have been bringing more and more of them to the forefront of gamers’ experiences. These 10 fun titles are both similar and different from Clash Royale, but almost all of them are just as approachable, and sure to reward you with several hours of enjoyment.
If you have any questions about our list of recommendations (or have some favorites of your own to suggest) hit us up in the comments!