Yes I admit, I play Clash of Clans. Much to the chagrin of my wife. It’s one of few things I actually use my iPad for. My 2 and 4 year old daughters have a far more impressive array of apps. However, sometimes it isn’t handy to use the iPad, whether one of my kids has it, or it is busy charging, or I am already at my computer desk it’d just kill me to have to get up and retrieve my tablet. Recently I have discovered how to play Clash of Clans on PC, and indeed, any Android game or app available in the Google Play store. Here’s how.
What you’ll need
- A PC or Mac (duh)
- An Internet connection (what is this, 1998? Get on with it man!)
- The BlueStacks app player, available for a myriad of Windows versions (back to XP, and up to Windows 8) as well as for Mac OSX. Currently free, in Beta (suggesting you’ll pay for this in future)
- A Google account (you can create one on the fly, or link to an existing account. Which means you’ll also have a Google+ account created for you! Hooray!)
Installing the app player is a cinch, just run the installer program you download and then whilst installing you need to select App store access, and then choose whether you want App Notifications and Subscribe to Spotlight (a daily free app). I chose not to install either of these two options, but up to you if you would like to. Once the installation is complete, the BlueStacks app player loads where you can then choose whichever apps you wish to install, though there are a few that get installed by default (such as Twitter). Click on the green Search button (top left) to search for any apps available in the Google Store. I searched for Clash of Clans, and once clicked I needed to click the Enable AppStore option.
Add existing or create a new Google account
At this point you need to either link to an existing Google account or create a new one. If you have Gmail, a YouTube account, a Google+ account, a Picasa account, then you already have one you can link to, or you might decide you want to separate your other services. In this example, I am linking to one of my Google accounts (my YouTube account, which I rarely use. I didn’t want to link it to my maintained Google+ account as I use this for business purposes). Once that was done, I needed to enable App Sync, login to my Google account, and then ready to install Clash of Clans (albeit with then having to agree to the Google Play Terms of Service).
Installing Clash of Clans
You are then taken to the Google Play store where you need to install Clash of Clans. Once installed, you can open Clash of Clans straight away. However, you will start your journey as a new player. What I wanted was to be able to link this account to the well established account I was using on my iPad. Of course, if you are new to the game or wish to have a new account in Clash, go right ahead and play! But if like me you wish to link this to your exiting CoC account, keep on reading as to how you do this.
Linking your existing Clash of Clans account to the new account on your PC or Mac
Note that this can be done only once. Before linking to your existing Clash of Clans account, you need to run through the tutorial and set up a new name, etc. Not to worry, once linked you will get your “proper” town hall and your defences back. Essentially, you don’t get access to the Settings area (where you can link to another account) until the tutorial is completed. Once that is done though, you can access the in-game Settings, and go through the steps of linking a device. Your PC (or Mac) will be the new device, and your existing account on iPad (or other device) will be your old device. The first step, the game will ask you to sign into your Google+ account. This does little other than make Clash of Clans a known app on your Google+ profile page. You then specify which is the old, and which is the new device (remember, your PC or Mac will be your new device). Note: if you have already reached Town Hall level 4 on your PC, you won’t be able to link the device. I believe the same is true if you have made any in-app purchases. Perform the same steps on your existing account on your iPad (or other device) and select This is the OLD DEVICE. You will then get asked if you want to link to another Apple product (iPhone, iPad, or iPod) or link to another device. Choose I want to link to another device. You choose “another device” because essentially you are linking to an Android device. You will then be given a code that you need to enter into the new device. You only have a small amount of time to enter the code (5 minutes), so you need to be reasonably quick about it, otherwise you need to generate a new code. Once the code is entered, restart the game and BAM! Your existing account is linked and your established village should be available to you. If not, just restart the game and your old village should be seen.
Playing on PC, some things to note
If you do not have a touch screen hooked up to your PC, the game can be a little fiddly. Attacking especially. Even chatting in either global or clan chat is harder, as the Enter key doesn’t work, and instead you need to click the chat bubble icon. Attacking is harder because holding down the mouse button doesn’t work as quickly as you’d like (there seems a more significant pause between clicking once, holding down the button, troops start getting deployed en mass) but for village redesigns or just logging in to build some troops or collect gold and elixir, it is quite handy. I find it much easier to click and drag my walls, for example, using a mouse than using a touch screen on an iPad.