CLASH OF CLANS

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Clash of Clans is a free to tải về online multiplayer battle game. It is aimed at age 13+.

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The object of the game is khổng lồ build your village, kiến thiết your base and defover your turf.

You can join other players in a clan khổng lồ fight others, or there is the option for single player play, in which you have lớn attaông chồng a series of goblin buildings.

Players build their base, complete with buildings, supplies and weapons, và have to collect gold, elixir và Dark Elixir through gameplay to lớn increase & maintain these defences against attachồng.

You can also collect gems by successfully completing certain tasks, or buy them through in-app purchases.

Format và price: Free on iOS and Android with in-app purchases, eg: you can buy treasure chests of gems from £3.99 lớn a whopping great £79.99.

What they say

‘Answer the Hotline of the mustache! Join the international fray that is Clash of Clans. Customize your village, build an army & crush your opponents. Like using friendship to lớn strike fear into lớn your enemies? Join a Clan, or establish a Clashing legacy by creating your own. The choice is yours in this millions-strong community of Barbarians.’

What’s the reality?

You can’t have missed the TV campaigns for Clash of Clans – the adverts most recently featured Bond villain và Spectre star Christoph Waltz. Liam Neeson popped up in a previous version.

The game was the top grossing phầm mềm on both the App Store and Google Play in năm ngoái, with an estimated revenue of over £1million (1.5million dollars) per day.

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Gabriel is 11 và plays with his parents’ permission. He says: ‘I lượt thích how it’s almost never ending và I can play with my friends on it.

‘I’m in one clan with friends from school. I don’t really chat on it because I don’t want other people seeing my info so we talk on Skype or ooVoo when we’re playing. The bad thing is that it takes a long time khổng lồ progress & you have to wait a day for some things, which is annoying.

‘It’s OK for little kids like my cousin (6), lớn play under supervision và their new game, Clash Royale, is good, maybe even better!’

What parents need khổng lồ know

iOS

When you first open the game, a message flashes up to tell you about in-ứng dụng purchases and how to lớn disable them. Do this by going lớn Settings > General > Restrictions > Disable Restrictions.


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You will be asked khổng lồ phối up a 4-digit PIN code. Select In-App Purchases and mix to off.

You can also disable Multiplayer Games & Addings Friends if you don"t want your child to lớn interact with others. You will need to bởi vì this for every device you access the game on.

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To stop other players contacing you in general on an iPhone, go khổng lồ trò chơi Centre in Settings and turn off Allow Invites & Nearby Players. You can also make your player profile private here.

For more on parental controls on Apple devices, click here.

Android

When you first open the game, a message flashes up lớn tell you about in-phầm mềm purchases and how lớn disable them. To vì chưng this go to lớn your Google Play store app, choose Menu > Settings > Require authentication for purchases. This means you will need to lớn mix a password to lớn make in-app purchases.

The options to lớn choose from are Never, Family-friendly content (which works on all games classified as being for ages 12 and under), Every 30 minutes or For all purchases through Google Play on this device.

Once phối, remember not lớn tell your child the password if you don"t want them to make any purchases. You will need khổng lồ vị this for every device you access the game on.

You will then be asked whether you want to chia sẻ your Google+ protệp tin with anyone on the website, or customise it. Clichồng on Public khổng lồ disable this if you want to lớn.

To stop other players contacting you on an Android phone, go to the Play Games app, touch the Menu ibé & cliông xã Settings. Clichồng Game profile > Play now > Your Game profile. Adjust your visibility & notificatons settings as you wish.

For more on parental controls on Android devices, cliông xã here.

General

There is an in-gameSettingsarea accessible via the "cog" inhỏ that appears on the right h& side of the screen once you start playing. Here, you canFilter Clan Chat, which changes swear words khổng lồ asterisks. Make sure it is green forOn.


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From a safety point of view, the game has no private chat facility, but players can join and take part in Global & Clan group chats. That leaves open the possibility that children could be persuaded to chat away from the game by a fellow clan thành viên.

Some parents have complained of bad or offensive sầu language in group chats, that children can kết thúc up in a group with adults they don"t know & that there is no reporting facility within Clan chat. It is possible khổng lồ report offensive players in Global chat.

Supercell, the game makers, state that they display regular warnings against sharing personal information và have sầu a "constantly updated blackmenu of offensive sầu words và phrases that can be quickly found and removed from all areas of the game."

Although the game clearly states it is for 13+ only, there was no age verification necessary to lớn use the app. Even if there was, 14-year-olds could still play with adults in an unmoderated environment with no reporting facilities within Clan chat.

As with many games, even though it is possible lớn mix up safety measures và restrict tương tác within the game itself, serious players can join forums outside the game which may not be monitored or will be peer monitored và so reaction times khổng lồ bad behaviour may vary.

Verdict

Clash of Clans is seriously complicated for a beginner và seriously addictive sầu once you begin lớn master it. It loses points for the laông chồng of reporting function within Clan chat groups và the fact that children can join clans with adults they don"t know. If your child is going khổng lồ use the multi-player option of the game unsupervised, be aware that they may come across adults and bad language - occasionally even both at the same time.