If there’s one genre that’s managed to eclipse eSports games from the position they’ve boasted, without question it’s MOBAs (sorry, strategy and FPS, we still love you). With League of Legends and DOTA 2 at the forefront, this sub-genre has endured since our PC gaming days and shows no signs of running out of steam. Developers have even tried to take it to other platforms, with variable success. In the case of Android, few games have managed to create even a remotely decent experience for touch devices. There are a few good ones, though. This is our selection of the most successful MOBAs for Android.
One of the most recent arrivals to Android and among the most successful of late. This League of Legends clone – in terms of both aesthetics and gameplay – boasts a cast of 24 characters, 10 of them playable for free in battles of up to 5 people on each side. The matchmaking is quick and within a few seconds you’ll be inside a game that can last a max of 10 mins. It plays nicely, it’s fun, and its community is growing nonstop. One of the best options out there.
Until the arrival of Mobile Legends, Vainglory was at the top and very present in the competitive sphere as demonstrated in the recent official Vainglory international tournament, whose winner took home a whopping $120,000. This game from Super Evil Megacorp is much more conscious of its independence and tries to carve out its own space, so the controls feel much more sober than the others on this list, and its F2P business model is the most balanced in that it’s based solely on aesthetic upgrades.
Heroes of Order & Chaos
It would be impossible for Gameloft not to make an appearance in this gaming subgenre. HoO&C is a spinoff of the studio’s MMORPG Order & Chaos, which adds a bit of all the good stuff from the titles it references to the mix. Plus despite being one of the oldest veterans to get on board with the MOBA-on-Android trend, last year it got a proper update to both its graphics and equilibrium, putting it on par with titles released much later.
Star Wars: Force Arena
The good thing about MOBAs is that their gameplay can be taken to any setting pretty much naturally. So it’s to be expected that it would occur to somebody to set one in the Star Wars universe. Force Arena (initially called Battlegrounds) is a game developed by Netmarble that’s still in its development phase, though it’s already playable almost in its entirety. The premise is simple: pick a profile and unlock characters and skills in online faceoffs against other players.
Honorable mention for these guys, not just because the game offers interesting extras like a PvE mode to fight against AI-controlled bosses but because of the mind-boggling cast of fighters it includes. If its set of characters openly inspired by people from other games isn’t enough, the absurdity reaches new heights with the most recent additions: the one and only evil doll Chucky and Robocop are the latest characters to roll out. And honestly, who in their right mind would miss the opportunity to destroy an enemy fortification and then snap, “Thanks for your cooperation”?