Boom Beach Review
Supercell’s new strategy game is treading water, but Boom Beach doesn’t require as many in-app purchases as Clash of Clans
One of the most hotly-anticipated downloads of the year, Boom Beach is the new free-to-play game from Supercell, the makers of Clash of Clans. Though the developers have moved the action from a magical kingdom to fighting on the beaches of tropical islands, and the graphics are markedly improved, the gameplay is very similar; a potent mix of base-building and strategy gaming.
Boom Beach has a vague plotline about freeing enslaved islanders from evil invaders, but the main aim of the game is to capture – sorry, liberate – as many islands as possible. In return, the islanders will pay you gold and resources to develop your base. Some of the islands you attack belong to other players and they can attack you, hence the need to develop your base and defend yourself.
Who can blame Supercell for trying to replicate the same success? Clash of Clans is one of the highest grossing mobile games, amassing an alleged $3 million a day worldwide in in-app purchases. Boom Beach also has a premium currency based on diamonds, but where Clash of Clans menacingly dangles the threat of other players invading you unless you pay for a ‘shield’, Boom Beach’s currency is solely for speeding up the time it takes to upgrade buildings, at least in the early levels. As is the norm in freemium games, upgrading takes longer/costs more diamonds as you advance, however, we found it much easier to obtain diamonds for free in Boom Beach than most games of its ilk, with the treasure chests we discovered on the map screen regularly replenishing with jewels.
One of the features we’re sad to have lost is the social interaction. Though you can attack other players, you can no longer chat with them as in Clash of Clans. Hopefully as player numbers rise, more interactivity will follow.
Though it is clearly spiritual successor to Clash of Clans, Boom Beach has seemingly got a grip on the endless grinding and in-app purchases.
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