MOBA games or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena for starters, is a hugely popular genre. The origin of which hearkens back in the old Frozen Throne mode Defense of the Ancients way back in the early 2000’s. ever since then, the MOB A genre just snowballed into prominence and made it’s way into the mobile webspace. Due to this, we thought to show you the top 20 MOBA’s currently in mobile.
Top 20 MOBAs Of All Time
1. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is one of the oldest MOBAs on mobile. In terms of sheer download numbers, it’s also the most popular. The game features five vs. five battles, simple controls, ten minute match lengths, and more. The Google Play description boasts ten second matchmaking wait times. That’s a bit exaggerated. Everything else is top notch, though. Players who are disconnected can rejoin the same battle. That and more puts it right up there among the best MOBAs.
One of the bigger complaints though is that most of the heroes are a bit expensive to buy, especially the newer ones that come out every once in a while. It’s a bit nitpicky for me since the game’s very polished. Especially with the latest Android smartphones currently having 6 GB RAM at most. The over 14 Million downloads it currently has on Google Play speaks for itself, and leads credence to how popular the game got over the years.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
2. Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor is one of the newer MOBAs comparatively speaking. There is a lot to like about it. It features five vs. five, three vs. three, and one vs. one game modes. Additionally, there are over three dozen heroes, ten minute matches, co-op multiplayer, and more. This launched alongside the Razer Phone and grew in popularity rather quickly. Although some have lamented the Facebook login. The art design is also one of the best in the list, and there’s a LOT of good art design here. Due to this, it can be pretty slow on middling to lower end smartphones though.
There IS one thing that might get people to play it though. Batman is one of the heroes here. I’ll play it.
Arena of Valor is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Vainglory exploded on to the mobile scene in 2015 and it’s easily among the most popular mobile MOBAs. It boasts a roster of over 25 heroes. That’s a fairly decent selection. Matches can be set for seven minutes for quick plays. There is also an option for 25 minute matches for all-day slugfests. In terms of mechanics and game play, Vainglory boasts 60fps game play and 30ms control responsiveness. That caters to the hardcore MOBA fans quite well. It’s one of the most popular MOBAs on Android for a reason. Its popularity also makes match wait times pretty low. For those people who want to play on their PC and Mac, the game unveiled their cross platform capabilities on 2018, allowing those players to join in as well.
Vainglory is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
4. Brawl Stars
Made by the same people who made Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars is an up and coming MOBA that’s a bit lighter on the MOBA part on the surface. However, the core of it is still on the MOBA genre, which will appeal to the more casual gamer out there. The lighter tone lends an easy air on the game itself that nearly anyone will enjoy.
The game has 2 game modes: 3v3 and Battle Royale. 3v3 behaves like a traditional MOBA: A team of 3 brawlers fight another team of 3 brawlers. There’s only a single lane reminiscent of the Howling Abyss map on LoL, which makes for less strategic play and more brawling and fighting. The Battle Royale mode works the same as any battle royale. But crammed in a small area, no loot, and only shooting is required in order to kill off your enemies.
All in all, the game is a solid one. And is something that you want to try out for yourself.
Brawl Stars is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
5. Legend of Ace
Legend of Ace is another MOBA to occupy the space in the android marketplace. However, there’s a twist in the usual formula here. One is the fact that there is instead a timer that’s counting DOWN. And the other is the replacement of items for cards. The cards allows players to go immediately for the effects that they’re looking for in order to make their heroes stronger, enabling them to immediately fight to the death in a pretty unique MOBA setting. All in all, Legend of Ace is a niche pick here, but it’s decent.
Legend of Ace is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
6. Onmyoji Arena
Onmyoji Arena is NetEase’s MOBA with their Onymoji series serving a character base. It works a lot like other MOBAs, but with a couple of unique differences. This one has a three versus three versus three triple battle royale mode that is surprisingly fun and chaotic. The game has a history of problems with AFK players and the occasional loading issue, but by and large it’s a positive experience. With over 55 unique heroes or shikigami based on Japanese folklore (Shuten and Ibaraki Doji being the more obvious examples) as well as 2 crossover shikigamis in Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, the game promises to be one of the more exciting MOBA’s on mobile.
Onmyoji Arena is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
7. Seven Paladins
Now this is a truly unique take on the MOBA genre. When you think about MOBAs it’s usually an arena with 3 lanes with 2 teams of 5 heroes duking it out right? Well, not this one. Not only is Seven Paladins a MOBA, it’s also an RPG. 2 genres that usually don’t mix all that well, but somehow it just works. To be fair, there’s more kinks to be fixed and the gameplay might be a bit confusing, but the game does have charm. So if that’s up your alley, then the game’s for you.
Seven Paladins is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
8. Planet of Heroes
Planet of Heroes is an up-and-coming MOBA. In terms of features, it’s fairly decent. The game includes three difficulty modes for AI combat, RPG elements, three vs three combat, and seven minute match lengths. It’s probably not good enough for eSports. It leans a bit too casual for that. However, there is a lot of potential for it to become that hardcore. You can play as often as you want and the developers boast as fair of an experience as any. It’s also one of the few MOBAs with a single-player campaign mode, which is cool for those who crave for a single player experience.
Planet of Heroes is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
9. Paladins Strike
Paladins Strike is one of the latest MOBA games, although it’s based on the PC and Console version of the same name. It features most of the basic stuff, including quick five vs five matches, 15 champions, multiple game modes, and more. The MOBA element isn’t the game’s mainstay as other game modes include various mechanics like escorting a payload through the bad guys. It’s a nice middle ground for people who like MOBAs, but don’t just want a plain Jane MOBA game. That said, there is an esports element if you want to compete on that level. It’s a reasonably decent MOBA, although it does have a few bugs here and there.
Paladins Strike is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
10. Extraordinary Ones
At first glance the game might be just another MOBA to occupy the market but that’s where you’re wrong. The game has a pretty loyal player base and a lot of neat little events to occupy your time playing it. They recently had a My Hero Academia collaboration that allowed players to use All Might, Izuku Midoriya, and Katsuki Bakugou as heroes, and that’s just one collab that they have. They had another one with Mob from Mob Psycho as well. But I digress. Extraordinary Ones is a pretty cool game all in all, and is worth taking a look or two.
Extraordinary Ones is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
11. War Song
War Song’s claim to fame is their incredible graphics and a unique gameplay mechanic of choosing the time of day in game that you play in. For example, if you choose to play at night some characters get buffs and same thing on the day, leading to a hectic, fast-paced MOBA game that’s sure to get your blood pumping. All in all, the game’s global release was met with praise. There are some bugs here and there but the developers are pretty dedicated and stamp them out almost immediately.
War Song is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
12. Arena Masters
Arena Masters is one of the newer MOBA games. It doesn’t have a ton of players yet. There is a lot of potential though. the game includes more than 20 characters, simple controls, and a fast paced 3v3 mode. The developers are still working with some bug fixes and performance improvements. There’s a huge chance that the game would get bigger due to developer and player support. All in all, the game’s something to look forward to.
Arena Masters is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
13. Survival Heroes
Brawl Stars with Mobile Legends graphics. That’s how I can describe Survival Heroes. Survival Heroes is a free-to-play mobile MOBA Battle Royale game developed by Snail Games. Elements from both MOBA and Battle Royale games are merged together in a way that’s surprisingly fluid, and makes it a very easy game to pick up and play for those who already familiar with the genres. If you’re a fan of both MOBA and Battle Royale genres then this game’s a must have.
Survival Heroes is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
14. Heroes Evolved
Heroes Evolved is one of the most popular MOBA games out there. It also has some of the most unique features. The basic experience is pretty good, too. It features over 40 heroes, a clan system, short match options, and more. It also includes a Chaotic Strike game mode. You have no mana to manage and faster cooldowns. It’s actually quite fun. There aren’t a ton of MOBA games like this one. It might even be good for eSports someday.
Heroes Evolved is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
Another interesting MOBA is Shellfire from Dunia Games. Basically it’s an FPS MOBA, with all that it entails. Hero abilities, unique play styles, basically Overwatch on Mobile. But we make that comparison in a positive note. The game runs pretty smoothly and gameplay is crisp and tight, which is perfect for an FPS game. All in all, the game’s a pretty cool way to play the MOBA genre. The game demands a pretty hefty 1.5GB of memory though, so if you want to download it, you better have enough memory in your phone to do so.
Shellfire is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
16. Heroes Arena
Somewhat of a surprise is Heroes Arena. Its learning curve allows people to immediately play and favors both hardcore and casual players alike. The roster of characters to choose from in Heroes Arena is quite massive so it’s quite likely that you’ll find a bunch of different characters that fit your play-style and preferences. One of the best things about this game is the fact that it balances the characters quite nicely so they’re all almost equally as strong and you’ll never feel that you lost a game due to one character being overpowered in terms of its stats or abilities. All in all, the game’s one of the few MOBA games that people can readily enjoy.
Heroes Arena is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
17. Awakening of Heroes
A MOBA with Clash of Clans graphics. Awakening of Heroes is a pretty cool online MOBA that combines serious play and copious hilarity. There’s already a lot of content in this game even though it’s still at Early Access. And although there’s still some room for improvement, overall there’s huge potential for this MOBA.
Awakening of Heroes is available for free with IAP’s and is on Early Access on Google Play Store.
18. Heroes of Order and Chaos
Heroes of Order and Chaos is one of the newer MOBA games. It’s also surprisingly good considering it’s a Gameloft game. It has a massive collection of 57 playable heroes. In addition, it includes no energy system. That means you can play as often as you want. Other features include three vs. three and vs. five matches, upgradeable heroes, a Fun Mode, and even features for eSports commentary. There really isn’t a lot to complain about with this one. It’s a rock solid MOBA.
Heroes of Order and Chaos is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
19. Heroes of SoulCraft
Heroes of SoulCraft’s got a pretty good thing going for it. Cross Platform and Controller Support plus a pretty cool mechanic of always having a player on a game even if one player AFK’s is a pretty novel mechanic. They also have a Heroes of the Storm mechanic of allowing their heroes to choose their own ultimate. There’s still a few problems in the game such as the lack of tutorial and semi-frequent crashes. But the game’s pretty solid all in all.
Heroes of SoulCraft’s available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
20. Heroes Unleashed
Another MOBA that takes inspiration from OverWatch. With many game modes, nice graphics, and support from the developers, Heroes Unleashed is poised to be one of the best FPS MOBA’s that came out in 2018 and is still going strong to this day.
Heroes Unleashed is available for free with IAP’s on Google Play Store.
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