Supercell's Clash Royale has been out and in "testing" in places like Canada and New Zealand since January. But the mobile game, the next from the folks behind Clash of Clans, is likely to hit other countries eventually.
I took what I thought would be a moment to check out the game after grabbing it off of iTunes Canada. That moment turned into an entire weekend. I was surprised to find that the free-to-play mobile title delivers a fun, hard-to-put-down tactical experience.
The real-time, player-versus-player game has players building a deck of sorts and then dropping into a form of tower defense. Each side has to use slowly refilling elixir to spawn minions who both defend your buildings and attack your enemies.
The goal of the game is to take out more of the other person's towers in the three minutes or so you have to play. Because the game is packed with so many different minions to choose from, each match can feel very different. Players can only include eight of their minion types in a deck, so finding the right balance for your style of play is important.
You can also level up the characters, which means even matching decks won't always play the same.
Check out the video above to see a match in action, and try not to append "with cheese" after the title's name every time you think of it from now on.
Currently, the game is only available in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and New Zealand. Supercell said that it hope to release Clash Royale to other countries in the "future."
Update: It looks like the game has launched in the U.S.