You’ve probably seen advertisements plastered all over the web for the new Android and iOS game, Clash of Clans. However, if you’re a PC gamer, you can forego the jealousy; our guide will show you how to play Clash of Clans on your Windows computer.
Replayability and innovation are the trending traits when it comes to mobile OS games, and the vast popularity of Clash of Clans has proven it to be successful on both accounts. The game boasts millions of players and has enough robust options and playstyle opportunities as to keep its players just as busy as they might be in a much larger game. At its heart, Clash of Clans is a strategy game, but it’s a strategy game that looks and plays fantastically across a myriad of diverse devices. Whether you’re on iOS or Android, the game is also free to download and play; quite a benefit when you’re not eager to drop a huge wad of cash on a new game.
Some of the most successful mobile games become so by possessing a specific sort of duality; they’re easy to pick up and play for people new to a particular game or genre, but they leave plenty of room for mastery when very experienced gamers decide to play them. The overwhelming success of Blizzard’s Hearthstone is a testament to this, and it’s the same reason that you’ll see Clash of Clans advertising all over the web. We could sing the game’s praise on and on, though; what we’re here to do is show you how to get it up and running on your Windows PC. Thankfully, this is almost as easy to do as downloading it from the app store!
The strategy in Clash of Clans is compelling and provides endless replayability. Your mission: build a clan by recruiting and training units, and expand your territory by constructing and defending buildings while also accumulating resources. As you engage with other clans, you’ll encounter some that are hostile, and some with which you’ll want to exchange resources and troops. The game is highly interactive, unpredictable, and easy to play in short bursts, without the need to dedicate endless hours to it in order to progress. You’ll only be limited by the number of resources available to you; even though the game is free-to-play, it does feature in-app purchases that can liberate your playstyle quite a lot more than if you choose to play without any cost.
We’ll focus on keeping the process free for you, in the spirit of Clash of Clans being free to download. The trick to making this happen is emulation. Don’t fret if you’ve never worked with emulation software before; the term doesn’t need to be scary, and it won’t provide more than one extra hoop to jump through on your mission to get Clash of Clans up and running on your computer. In fact, once you’ve given an emulator a try, you’ll likely find it a useful piece of software to have handy on your machine.
In this instance, we’re going to need to emulate the Android version of the game using an Android emulator. Many often wonder why there’s an apparent lack of iOS emulation software, but this is primarily due to Apple’s proprietary coding tendencies. Apple software is meant to run on Apple devices and nothing else. In addition to this, the company maintains an iron-tight control over what’s allowed on its app store. While none of this makes iOS emulation impossible, it does make it far more trouble than its worth for the average user.
Hence, Android emulation, and that’s what we’ll start with!
Landing a Good Emulator
If you start searching for emulators without a particular name in mind, you’re likely to be swamped by the abundance of software available online. As always, some are far better than others, and several aren’t even worth your time if you’re eager to jump into Clash of Clans with as little fuss as possible. The options listed below all run perfectly on Windows computers, and will give you just as smooth of a Clash of Clans experience there as you might find on a top-of-the-line Android device.
They each also run free, without any cost to you (though some may feature purchasable or subscription-based improvements, not unlike Clash of Clans itself.)
- Andyroid. If I were only allowed to recommend one emulator, this would be the one. It’s the underdog compared to the other two software kits on this list, but for my time and interest, it remains the best. It’s minimalistic and non-intrusive, merely giving you access to the apps that you want without being burdened by additional costs or barrages of third-party advertisements.
- Genymotion. The more that I’ve worked with it, the more that I’ve been turned on to Genymotion. While it’s truly exceptional in the opportunities it provides for app developers, the free version intended for individual, personal use comes without any cost and works fluidly with anything you pluck off of the Google Play store. Don’t be confused by the versions of the app intended for commercial use; the free version will suit you fine.
- Manymo. While it’s a bit expensive for my tastes, numerous friends’ testimony has urged me to include this on my “recommended emulators” list more than once. Though you can only use the free version ten times per month, the interesting utility of Manymo can potentially trump any such limitation–it doesn’t require any software installation. Since Manymo is entirely browser-based, you can emulate your favorite Android apps (including Clash of Clans). Additionally, you can emulate at various resolutions, which is a particularly useful feature if you’re aiming to be an Android gamer.
- Bluestacks. Given that it’s marketed so heavily towards Android gamers, it would be tantamount to sin if I didn’t include Bluestacks in this list. You might even have seen Clash of Clans advertised on the Bluestacks landing page. While this emulator will absolutely suit your needs as well as any of those above it, I’ve found it to rely more heavily upon intrusive third-party advertising software than the others. For many users, this isn’t a problem (and you can remove it with a very modest subscription fee.)
Don’t spend too long worrying over which emulator to choose. While each is worth your attention and each might suit a specific type of person, ultimately any of the above is able to run Clash of Clans on your Windows PC.
Installing Clash of Clans For PC
Once you have access to an Android emulator, getting Clash of Clans up and working is a cinch. Since we’ll be running it through an emulated environment, you won’t need to access it through any sort of external service; instead, we’ll use the Google Play store within the emulator to download it, just as you would on an Android device.
From the Android home screen in your emulator, you should have no trouble finding the Google Play app store. If you’re having trouble locating the app (and you happen to be reading this guide from within your emulator–handy trick!) then you can simply follow this link to the Clash of Clans game and download it directly.
Once you’ve installed the game, getting started is exceptionally easy! It won’t be necessary to create a profile or submit any personal information; when you boot up the game, you’ll be dropped right into a tutorial that will introduce you to the mechanics and playstyle that you’ll need to learn in order to start training troops and building your clan! Since you’re running an entirely legitimate copy of Clash of Clans through a legitimate release of the Android OS, you don’t need to worry about any out-of-the-way maintenance or frustration with your gaming experience. Android emulation is entirely legal, and as long as the apps you’re accessing are gained through the Google Play store, so is everything you’re doing in Android.
If you’re having trouble with controls in Clash of Clans, don’t hesitate to take advantage of a popular feature embedded within both Andyroid and Bluestacks; you can tether your phone to your computer via Bluetooth and use it as an actual controller for your Android emulator, thereby replicating the touchscreen experience that Clash of Clans was meant to use. Another handy feature that you can take advantage of is Google+ and Google Games’ support within the app. You can tie your Google account to your Clash of Clans progress, thereby allowing you to play the same instance of the game no matter which device you’re on. It’d be an awful thing to have to build two separate clans across two different devices, right?
Clash of Clans has been a popular mobile game since it first released in 2012, and the developers’ constant attention to it via updates and fixes makes it likely that the game will continue to enjoy the benefits of its large user base for some while yet. Whether you own an Android device as well, or simply want to play on your computer, getting Clash of Clans up and running on your Windows PC is an easy ticket to hours of guaranteed fun.