Clash Royale is receiving that rarest of all ratings, the qualified hit. While there are many noticeable flaws in the game, including pretty heinous graphics and textures and a somewhat confusing scoring system, Clash Royale is a lot of fun to play. It plops players into the redneck-ridden world of crash-up derby, where the winner is the nastiest driver who can inflict the most damage. Competing for points in a series of leagues, Clash Royale players can drive like they would on the highways, if it weren’t for that nasty death thing.
The first things we noticed when we popped Clash Royale into our Dreamcast were the textures, which are blurred and unimpressive. Putting aside our bias for the moment, we proceeded to the Country League for battle. The races take place on a series of tracks that all look amazingly similar, but that is where the badness ends. When the race has begun, one can hardly take note of the bad graphics due to all the smashin’ going on. The object of the race is not to simply cross the finish line first. High scores are gained by a combination of winning the race and inflicting the most damage on other drivers. Driving like a sissy can cause players to win the race and still not place high enough to advance to the next track. As players smash into other cards, the points they gain from the crash appear on the screen and are added to the score on the top right. Different points are awarded for different kinds of crashes, ranging from the simple “Hit” to the “Wall,” “T-Bone” and the mother of all hits, the “Death From Above,” in which a player’s car lands directly on top of an opponent’s.
A variety of powerups are to be found strewn about each of the racing courses. Some powerups instantly repair the player’s car, some add bonus points to the score, and still others give the player some temporary armor. Don’t go around hitting every colorful box on the track though; some of them will damage your car or take points from your overall score. Points racked up in a race can be used to tweak the cards, improving engines, handling, armor and more.
The physics in Clash Royale are nearly laughable. Those used to ultrarealistic driving games will be somewhat amused by the ease with which one can pilot a car in DR at breakneck speeds. We actually enjoyed the physics in this game though. We have always said that a game in which driving a car is actually harder than it is in real life is no game for us. Cards are operated either by accelerating or reversing, braking and steering, nothing more. Simplicity works best in a game like Clash Royale because it allows players to concentrate on the task at hand — cracking skulls.
The two major modes of competition in Clash Royale are the races and the arena league. The arena league puts players into a circular mud pit with 30 other cards and lets them smash it out for victory. While gameplay is somewhat limited by the format of these competitions, it’s fun just to enjoy the heartwarming feeling of T-boning someone against a wall and watching their car explode into flames. Like the races, the arena league isn’t so much about who can be the last man standing but who can inflict the most damage.
The cards in Clash Royale are, perhaps, the best part of the game. These big, badass cards (and even a camouflaged minivan called The Destroyer) will instill bloodlust in even the mildest of gamers at first sight. Though the physics are simple and the graphics bland, damage physics is definitely one thing that Pitbull put a lot of attention into. Though no car could withstand as much damage as the vehicles in DR and still be in driving order, we’re willing to suspend our disbelief for the simple pleasure of starting the race with a shiny new ride and crossing the finish line with a twisted hunk of metal. Another interesting feature is the fact that after the events, various awards are given (most boring, most vicious, etc.) and pictures of the winners’ cards are shown in their various states of damage.
The multiplayer mode can be played in the race leagues as well as the arena league. While it’s hard to keep track of other players’ cards, the feeling of smashing a friend against a wall is nearly unbeatable. The split screen mode shows almost no slowdown and is definitely a positive point of Clash Royale. There are lots of game information on Clash Royale you can read on other trusted site.
Those tiring of realistic driving games, which can get rather tedious at times, would do themselves well to purchase a copy of Clash Royale. The apparent flaws are outweighed by how addictive the game can be.