Multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games are by far the most popular sub-genre of real-time strategy games, and they are becoming increasingly more popular on Android smartphones and tablets. Their click-based control schemes work great with touchscreen displays, and modern mobile GPUs have no problem with rendering epic fights in the HD resolution.
We’ve surveyed players of MOBA Android games to find out which titles are the most popular, and here are the results.
First released for iOS in 2014 and later released for Android in 2015, Vainglory is the most popular MOBA video game across all mobile operating systems. The game is powered by the E.V.I.L. engine, which is capable of rendering 1.3 million polygons at 60 frames per second with sub-30ms control responsiveness.
According to the lore of Vainglory, each hero in the game has received powers thanks to the Halcyon Well, and ancient energy source that provides incredible power for both technology and magic. However, this well releases its power only on rare occasions. Heroes must battle for its control, for powerful alliances, and master intricate strategies.
Each hero in the game belongs to one of five distinct categories. There are protectors, who fight up close, snipers, who have mastered long-range combat, mages, who use spells to decimate their opponents, assassins, who strike unnoticed from the shadows, and warriors, whose sheer physical strength strikes fear into the hearts of enemies who are foolish enough to stand in their way.
Unlike many other MOBA games, Vainglory is accessible to newcomers and seasoned MOBA veterans alike. Matches usually take around 20 minutes, and the game has been translated into almost 20 languages.
Heroes of SoulCraft
Available for PCs and Android devices, Heroes of SoulCraft is a free-to-play MOBA game developed by MobileBits. At the start of each match, players choose which heroes they would like to play as, which greatly influences the overall gameplay style. Some heroes are more action-oriented, while others excel at providing support for other players.
It’s possible to choose from two different gameplay modes: fast-paced 3vs3 battles or longer 5vs5 battles. The choice of the gameplay mode affects which maps are available.
If you happen to be on your smartphone with only a few minutes before the bus arrives, a quick 5 minute 3vs3 match is an excellent way how to spend the time. If you’re on your PC and want to enjoy a longer match, a 15 minute 5vs5 game is the way to go. In either case, all players play on the same server, regardless of which operating system they use.
Heroes of SoulCraft is developed by a very small team of passionate developers who love MOBA games just like their fanbase does. Their love for the genre is evident by the high degree of polish and excellent accessibility of their young MOBA game.
New features are being announced on a regular basis, and if the developers keep it up, we think that Heroes of SoulCraft might soon join the hall of fame concurrently occupied by DOTA 2, League of Legends, and Vainglory.
Call of Champions
Despite its young age, the MOBA genre has been showing a lack of innovation. Most MOBA titles rely on the same stale gameplay mechanics, such as lines and minions. Often, the only thing that distinguishes two MOBA games from each other is the selection of heroes, and even those tend to follow a certain formula.
Call of Champions isn’t afraid to go its own way, ditching lanes and minions in favor of power-ups and the Orb of Death, which travels on a track, forcing players to engage in a thrilling tug-of-war. Heroes in Call of Champions fall into five categories: mages, fighters, tanks, assassins, and support heroes.
Mages are long-range destruction specialists, fighters are flexible and can fulfill virtually every role, tanks excel when they are at the front-line of attacks and defenses, assassins strike with surgical precisions without being spotted, and support heroes assist their teammates from behind.
The game is and always will be free-to-play, and all players receive a free hero in their first week of play. Call of Champions has already been picked as the best mobile MOBA game by many reviewers, and we expect this trend to continue in the future.
Ace of Arenas
With over 1,000,000 players from around the world, Ace of Arenas is one of the most played MOBA games on Android. The game features innovative controls that make targeting much easier, relying on swiping instead of tapping. The large roster of champions includes fighters, mages, assassins, tanks, marksmen, and support champions.
There’s Genzo, a lone wolf and a Kendo practitioner; Camellia, a cute magician whose fate has changed when she lost her mother to the war; Electa, an adventurer who has visited nearly every play in the world of Ace of Arenas; Thor, a lover of war from the divine realm of Valhalla; or Lenneth, a mysterious Elve who is deeply connected to the nature. The developers add new champions on a regular basis, making the game feel constantly fresh.
New players are encouraged to first practice against bots until they feel comfortable playing against real players, which shouldn’t take a long time thanks to the simple controls and polished user interface.
The developers of Heroes Evolved understand that good MOBA action on-the-go is about more than just pretty visuals and a large selection of different champions—it’s about being able to instantly find opponents and jump straight into the action. It should also be about a careful balance of gameplay mechanics, not in-app purchases and pay-walls.
Heroes Evolved embodies these principles, giving players an excellent MOBA experience with quick matchmaking, revolutionary controls, over 30 unique characters, and the same depth as the PC version.
Thousands of players across the globe play Heroes Evolved at any given time of the day, and you can join them right now for free. The developers have recently added a brand new South East Asian server, making the game accessible to even more players than before.