Attack! Defend! Destroy! Maim! Invade! Nerds!
Phew… way too much war in this Wookiee’s blood. I keep waiting for someone to yell “MEDIC!” so I can go help them. Wowza… we’re about 2 weeks into the Clash of Clones event and I figured it was time to start some WDTCF goodness for my favorite tappers. Of course, a lot doesn’t even come from The Simpsons. So, my thoughts on this whole thing are that EA decided somewhere in the writers/creative team offices that it’d be fun to turn the tables and do something different. Additionally, one or two of them might have a grudge against a certain strategy game that is #1 in mobile apps. The result of course is the current shenanigans we find ourselves in right now.
Of course, to lampoon something properly, you have to emulate it and I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at that. First up, we have to know a bit more about the original item being made fun of.
The creators of Clash of Clans (Supercell) bill it as “An epic combat strategy game. Build and defend your village. Dominate the Realm. Battle with thousands of players across the world.” To their credit, it is the top grossing iPad game in 122 countries. There’s really not much more to the game. You build your area, get troops and attack/defend your Clan. Sound familiar to anything going on in your neck of the woods lately?
The first item EA took a jab at was the troops of Clash of Clans (CoC). There are three tiers of troops. The Tier 1 Troops are Barbarians, Archers and Goblins.
Among the Tier 2 Troops are wizards. They also have giants, wall breakers and balloons. COC also has some Tier 3 troops but I don’t want to depress anyone by mentioning we didn’t get a dragon. Oh crap… ummm… these are not the droids you are looking for. LOOK… another picture!
Some may point out that CoC also has balloons among their Tier 2 troops but I really don’t see much resemblance. Also… the WDTCF for this item is coming later.
In CoC, Tier 1 and Tier 2 troops receive a major graphic change at level 3, and another at both levels 5 and 6, if applicable. In TSTO, they joke about these minor updates with the funny screens we read every time a character is upgraded.
As for the castles, EA did look at their designs because the Barbarian Castle and Lisa’s tower definitely drew inspiration from CoC’s Clan Castle and Archer Towers. Of course, I say inspiration because the TSTO version look much different.
I think it is really rad that EA’s designers took the time to give us unique castles of our own. Sure they don’t fit in to our towns completely but I know we’ll figure out how to make sense of them in the future. Honestly, the one building I saw from CoC I wish EA had simpsonized is the barracks building. I think it looks super cool.
The last little thing similar to the game it parodies that I’ll mention is the Mighty Statue. I perused the forums for CoC and basically what I found is that it’s a useless statue that costs a lot of premium currency. I guess EA decided the “ultimate prize” for enduring the Clash of Clones event would be a Homer version. I don’t know why but I find this hilarious. It also needs to be said that our version can be earned for free. In CoC, some consider this statue a “badge of honor”. Why do I think ours will be more like a battle scar?
Special thanks to the CoC Wiki for pics and info. Jebus knows I don’t play that game. I hope you enjoyed the comparisons and that just a little bit more of this strange event makes sense. Sound off if there’s a comparison between the two I didn’t mention you feel has to be shared and/or with your opinions. Happy war-fighting, etc.!
TTFN… Wookiee out!