Cloud Raiders brings cross-platform clashes to iOS
Clash of Clans is one of the most profitable mobile games around. Thus it comes as no surprise that several developers have created their own Clash-like games to compete with the original. One of the best games in the burgeoning casual strategy genre has finally arrived on iOS: Game Insight’s Cloud Raiders. This one brings a lot of polish, not to mention full cross-platform multiplayer and cloud saves. If you’re looking for a competitive raiding game to play with your Android, Windows Phone, and Facebook friends – look no further.
At the start of the game, you crash land on a floating island where you must build a base. Some of the buildings you erect will produce gold and clouds, the two soft currencies. So far, Cloud Raiders probably sounds like any other city building game – albeit with a fantasy theme.
Two things set this game apart from titles like Tribez & Castlez, though. For one, the city building component is far less complex. You won’t have to worry about a billion jillion types of resources or hoping to find random items needed to progress.
Second: most of the buildings in your base have a military nature. Player bases will come under attack from both AI invaders and other players. Cloud Raiders is a Player vs. Player focused game (PvP). The fun part of the base-building component is testing your layout and defenses against the attacks of your fellow raiders.
Plus raiding and clans!
The other thing you’ll do lots of at your base is produce military units like grunts, archers, and bombers. Players always need more resources for base upgrades in Cloud Raiders, so why not go out and take those resources from your fellow players? Attacking a juicy base and looting the gold and clouds inside is quite enjoyable – assuming your team can handle the base’s defenses.
Being inspired by Clash of Clans, Cloud Raiders has full clan support. Right now, joining a clan lets you share units with other clan members and engage in clan chat (global chat is coming soon). Clans have their own leaderboard rankings, providing an extra level of competition to the game.
It just so happens that Mobile Nations has a clan of its own. Well, the clan is named WPCentral but open to all Mobile Nations readers. After restoring the clan headquarters building on your island, request to join our clan. You must have 250 valor (PvP ranking). I look forward to teaming up with awesome iMore readers!
Cross-platform and ready for raiding
Cloud Raiders is cross-platform right from the start on iOS. Players can jump back and forth between Apple devices, Windows Phone, Android, and Facebook without losing any progress. Even the PvP battles and clan support are totally cross-platform.
To access cloud saves, you must link your account to a Facebook profile. This being a mostly multiplayer game, you need an internet connection to play. But the ability to keep your profile even if you uninstall or change devices is more than worth it in my book. Besides, how do you expect to raid other players without being online?
Cloud Raiders is free to play, with in-app purchases consisting of premium currency called gems. The only thing you really need gems for is unlocking the ability to upgrade more than one building at a time. Players can also earn gems by completing missions. In truth, this game’s free to play mechanics are some of the most balanced I’ve seen in a mobile title.
Give Cloud Raiders a try, and don’t forget to join our clan!
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Paul started writing about games in 2003 with his first strategy guide (Bomberman Land 2) for GameFAQs. He continued writing guides while earning his B.A. in Literature. When Windows Phone launched in late 2010, the Xbox integration lead our hero to jump on board the platform. He joined Windows Phone Central as Games Editor at the beginning of 2011, going on to review over 125 mobile Xbox titles over the years. He now leads Windows Central's Xbox One coverage, personally specializing in developer interviews, indie games, controllers and accessories, and Twitch broadcasts. Paul loves games on all platforms; he goes where the games are. Although very busy with console coverage, he sometimes contributes gaming articles to iMore and Android Central.