Cloud Raiders unleashes Player vs. Player clashes on Windows Phone 8

Last month, we broke the news that Game Insight’s hit game Cloud Raiders would soon be making its way to Windows Phone. The game wasn’t far off at all. After enjoying a brief “open beta” period, Cloud Raiders has now been officially released into the wild for all Windows Phone 8 devices.

Cloud Raiders is exciting for multiple reasons. First, it’s the least casual title that Game Insight (a publisher known primarily for city builders) has brought to Windows Phone so far. More importantly, Cloud Raiders is the closest thing our platform has to Clash of Clans, a very popular casual strategy title on Android and iOS. Both games combine a city building component with fun strategic battles. Read on for more details!

Base building…

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 2020: My Country, 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 Windows Phone Central has a clan of its own. After restoring the clan headquarters building on your island, request to join the WPCentral clan. You must have 250 valor (PvP ranking). I look forward to teaming up with you guys!

Cross-platform and ready for action

Much like King’s Bounty: Legions, Cloud Raiders is cross-platform right from the start on Windows Phone. Players can jump back and forth between Windows Phone, Android, and Facebook without losing any progress. Even the PvP battles and clan support are totally cross-platform. The upcoming Windows 8 and RT versions will be cross-platform too.

To access cloud saves and PvP features, you must link your account to a Facebook profile (just like King’s Bounty). Linking your account means you’ll need an internet connection in order to play, so maybe don’t link if you don’t have the internet at home. 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! We’ll be back with a full review soon.

  • Cloud Raiders – Windows Phone 8 – 84 MB – Free – Store Link

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Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

  • I'm not really a gamer, but this actually sounds very fun. Thanks for a great detailed article Paul.
  • Having played Clash of Clans, these types of games are fun, up until the "big dog" players start stomping all over you for no other reason than they can...
  • Nobody can repeatedly pick on you though. Everyone gets attacked because everyone has to go out and get resources. But you get a period of protection after attacks, so it's not an unfair system.
  • Looks great on your phone screen Paul.
  • This or Kingdoms & Lords?
  • Online only :(
    Paul,why do game development companies do this?I mean why not keep it like Kingdoms and Lords?I loved the online system of that game.And now even Captain America:TWS is also online only :(
  • Combat boils down to your ability to build enough solders. There is very little strategy here... Further more your solders are really tiny and barely visible on 920. Also, if you go free, be ready to wait for upgrades and solders to be built. All in all a decent fremium game but pass for me... EDIT: What a year has it been... as a gamer I went from "lucky to find decent game" to "man, 32GB is not enough to hold everything that I want to play"... This is extremley positive developement and sign of times where we as windows phone users get to be more and more "picky" in regards to what we play...
  • Although this game doesn't give you direct control over your units, the choice of where and when to deploy them actually makes a big difference in the outcome of battle. It's not just how big your army is - especially since the higher level players all have the same unit caps. I'm high level, but I'm not guaranteed to win every battle I go into. ~ ~
  • Well now you've done it... I've read your comment and I started playing the game again just to see what are you talking about. As a big time strategy fan (Armed, Great Big War Game, Skulls of Shogun and now BraveLand) I'm really curious to see how "when and where to deploy" affects the game ...
  • Those titles are still a lot more strategic than this one - Cloud Raiders is a casual strategy title. But yeah, knowing what targets each type of unit prioritizes and clearing away defenses before certain units reach certain spots is often key to winning battles in this game.
  • Paul, I'm trying to join the clan. Can I get an invite.
  • You have to request to join the clan through the game. I can't actually invite people.
  • A good example is with archers and splash damage fan them rather than just dumping them in the same spot to limit casualties, also means traps won't h hit as many units as well. Also a good idea to drop tower focused units after say archers or grunts leave a hole in the fortifications to bypass those pesky buildings and take them out.
  • I'm going to give a download.
  • Total Conquest is another game I've been playing that is similar to Clash of Clans. But I'm definitely going to give this one a try.
  • Yeah, I like Total Conquest. Just wish they would decrease the build/upgrade times.
  • Try this game out. I immediately uninstalled Total Conquest right there. This game is much better, has less waiting times, and great graphics compared to Total Conquest,
  • +920
  • You better let me in the clan Paul!
  • LOL!Do you have 250 valor? :3  
  • I hope that won't be an obstacle to joining. The real problem right now is it costs a bunch of gold to even unlock clan access.
  • Of course! Glad to see you playing. :)
  • Can you send me a invite? 89andreicristi
  • You have to ask to be invited within the game. We'll be happy to have you. ~ ~
  • Not my cuppa at all. That first screenshot just switched me straight off. But good for the platform if you're into it.
  • Ikr, why can't we just have mobile version of an RTS like Age of Empires? Is a game like that too much for a small screen? I hope the upcomming AOE for mobile doesn't disappoint...
  • I've been playing this game on facebook for quite some I can play it anywhere on my Lumia 1520 yay!
  • Dear paul would you tell game insight to open the game for all region. I would loved to try this game but don't want to change region. Sorry for my unfluent english
  • Chage region. Reboot. Install game. Change region back to original. Reboot. Done. 5 min tops. So what's the hold-up?
  • We need assassins creed pirates!
  • I would rather play a computer AI and have a chance of enjoying the game, than other players who will walk all over you because you're just starting out and they've been at it for eons... When these games give you an AI opponent option, then I'll download 'em.
  • Game will not allow attack unless you choose to be attacked. AI is defenetly there but even AI will not attack you unless you "ok" it... In matter of fact I enjoy quite a bit knowing that "pirate ship is about to attack" than I take my time upgrading and building units. When I feel I'm ready... we go for it...
  • Anyone know how to start again? If you uninstall and reload it still saves your progress...
  • What would be benefits of starting over? If you don't like your base just change it... granted this takes "build time" (or wait time if you want) for us el cheapos who won't invest any money but that's about it... Heck the game will even notify you when it's done "building" so you can just hop back to it when time permits... Easy
  • Purely for name change purposes lol
  • I hope it will available for lumia620 :(
  • Kind find WP clan
  • Paul can you let me in? Ryanlax21 - just requested and 721 valor
  • 22...not 21
  • Help!! How can i change my name in the game.