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Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is a free cartoon-style combat game available on mobile devices. The game is set within a fantasy world in which you build a village and establish an army, known as a ‘Clan’. The objective of the game is to build your village, design your base and defend it. With your clan, you can battle with other clans from around the world to take control of their villages and even join forces with another clan, known as ‘Clan Wars’. Whilst the game itself is free, as with many other games, it relies on in-game purchases to enhance the gamer’s experience.

Official age rating

This is a PEGI rated 7 game.

The PEGI 7 rating reflects that Clash of Clans contains cartoon-style violence and the use of weapons. In the Apple App Store, the game is rated as 9+ referencing its mild cartoon violence. There are no age verification methods used when creating an account, so ensure your child has entered their correct date of birth to benefit from some of the safety settings.

Find out more about age ratings in our A parent and carer’s guide to age ratings of apps and games.

How children and young people use the app

Clash of Clans is a fantasy-based strategy game which places the player in a leadership role as the chief of a village with the responsibility to build and defend it. Whilst children and young people enjoy the process of designing and building elaborate villages and creating strong armies, the social aspect of the game is appealing to players. By forming clans with their friends, they can work together by strategically planning and donating troops to attack and defend against other players from around the world. Players can use the resources and rewards they gain from attacking other villages to further build their own defences, upgrade their buildings and to train their troops. By developing your own village through losses and wins, this gives the game a slow build up and makes being part of a winning clan even more satisfying.

Potential risks

Content

The in-game chat function is where players may stumble across inappropriate content in the form of bad language. It is possible to set filters on the ‘Clan Chat’ to limit exposure to inappropriate language.  There is no reporting facility within ‘Clan chat’ which means you cannot report a player, however there is a reporting tool within Global chat. By forming a clan with friends, rather than strangers, your child is less likely to experience language or behaviour that is not suitable for their age.

Connecting with others

As with any other multiplayer game, it is possible that your child may come into contact with strangers when playing Clash of Clans. There are two chatting functions within the game, ‘Global chat’ which is public, and ‘Clan chat’ which is within their clan. Speak to your child about the risks of chatting with strangers and explain the importance of not sharing any personal or identifiable information with other players within chats. Encourage them to tell you if they have been asked more personal questions or to chat privately using a different app.

It is worth noting that some gamers use third party chatting apps like Discord to chat whilst gaming. Ask your child if they are using any additional chatting apps whilst playing and check who they are communicating with. It may be helpful to know that although chatting is an appealing part of this game, it is not essential to play.

User behaviour

Clash of Clans has its own set of community standards, which all players must adhere to in order to play. Players who deviate from the expected behaviour risk being removed from the game. Speak to your child about what is appropriate behaviour when playing a multiplayer game and ensure they know how to report inappropriate or offensive behaviour.

Design, data and costs

As this game is free to download, it relies on in-game purchases to create revenue. Speak to your child about in-app purchases and ensure they understand that real money is used to make purchases within the game. You can also set the relevant in-app purchase settings on your device and make sure that the game is not unknowingly linked to your bank cards or financial details.

Like many other multiplayer games, Clash of Clans can be highly immersive and compelling resulting in extended stints of gameplay.  Speak with your child about setting gaming time limits, or quest limits, to ensure they get a suitable break away from the game.


Tips for keeping your child safe

  • There are no specific controls in place to manage privacy within the app. However, remind your child not to use their real name or any other identifiable information as part of their username.

    Whilst the game itself may not have any privacy features; you can make your player profile private in the gaming section of your mobile phone.

    To set to ‘Private’ on iPhone:

    • Go to the ‘Game centre’ in the settings menu on your iPhone.
    • Scroll down to ‘Privacy and settings’ and change your ‘Profile privacy’ to ‘Only you’.

    To set to ‘Private’ on Android:

    • Go to the ‘Play games’ app, touch the menu icon and select ‘Settings’.
    • Select ‘Game profile’ > ‘Play now’ > ‘Your game profile’.
    • Adjust your visibility and notifications settings to the most private options.
  • There are limited parental controls in this app. There is an in-game settings area where users can set filters on the ‘Clan chat’, which changes swear words to asterisks. You can also disable ‘Multiplayer games’ and ‘Adding friends’ options if you don’t want your child to interact with others. However, you will need to do this individually on each device, both Android and iOS.

    To set filters on ‘Clan chat’:

    • Go to the in-game settings area via the cog icon on the right-hand side of the screen.
    • Here you can ‘Filter Clan chat’ by making sure it is green.
  • You can report and block users who may be bothering you or behaving inappropriately on the platform. In Clash of Clans, you can report players or messages you find inappropriate, and you can also mute players, which is the equivalent of blocking.

    To mute another player:

    • Select the player you wish to mute.
    • Select the ‘Emote’ icon and choose ‘Mute’.

    To report a player or message:

    • Open the chat within the game.
    • Find the message or player you wish to report.
    • Tap the message or player and select ‘Report’.
  • Whilst this game is free to play, in-game purchases are available. You can disable in-app purchases on each individual device itself.

    To disable in-app purchases on iPhone:

    • Go to the settings menu > ‘Screen time’ and scroll down to ‘Content and privacy restrictions’.
    • Select ‘iTunes & App Store purchases’ and set the option to ‘Don’t allow’.

    To disable in-app purchases on Android:

    • Go to your ‘Google Play Store’ app.
    • Select ‘Menu’ > ‘Settings’ > ‘Require authentication for purchases’.
    • This means you will need to set a password to make in-app purchases.

Key features and terminology

  • CoC

    This simply refers to Clash of Clans.

    Clan

    A group of players who work together in the game under the same banner. Ultimately, this is a user’s team.

    Chat

    this is the way players can communicate with each other within the game. There are two channels for in-game chat: ‘Global chat’, which is public, or ‘Clan chat’, which is within your clan.

    Event

    An ‘Event’ is a time limited challenge which can offer rewards on completion. If you have set gaming time limits with your child, you may want to let them complete an event before exiting the game.

    League

    Players are placed in a league once their trophy count is above 400. Each league has its own rewards which increase as they get higher.

    Troll

    People who taunt or tease or bait other players for a reaction.

    BM’ing

    Short for bad mannering, which usually involves taunting or poor sportsmanship.

General tips

Clash Royale is another game similar to Clash of Clans, made by the same game developer, Supercell. They have added three new titles to the Clash franchise – Clash Quest, Clash Mini and Clash Heroes. It is worth exploring each of these other games to ensure they are appropriate for your child.

Don’t forget to check the settings on each device your child uses to access this game. You should be able to set some controls and restrictions from the settings function on each device.