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Genre: ARTS/MOBA

Group Description

ARTS (Arena Real-Time Strategy) or MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena - a term now trademarked by Riot Games) is a sub-genre of the real-time strategy genre with more focus on action. Typically MOBA games take place on a giant map without unit construction where two players or teams each control a single character. Each character, often dubbed a Hero, has a specific skill set and teams are organized around complimentary skills. The objective is to destroy a main structure of the opponents with the help of computer-controlled units dubbed Minions that spawn periodically. These units march towards the opponent through paths that are called lanes. There are also often defensive structures. Heroes earn a currency that can be used to buy items and also gain experience to level up and access new abilities. Heroes can attack each other directly and when they die they respawn at the base after a certain amount of time often combined with a penalty.

The genre was started through Aeon of Strife, a custom map for StarCraft and later further expanded through Defense of the Ancients, a custom scenario for WarCraft III. The genre is also often called DoTA or DotA-based because of the scenario's popularity. The first standalone game based around the concept was Demigod (2009). Even though strategy is the main focus, the third-person shooter Super Monday Night Combat is also often considered part of the genre.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Fault2020WindowsStrange Matter Studios...
Genesis2019PlayStation 4, WindowsHainan Legendkey Network Technology Co., Ltd....
Dark Eclipse2018PlayStation 4Sun Corporation...
Master X Master2017WindowsNCSOFT West...
Prime Arena2017WindowsNival, Inc....
Games of Glory2017PlayStation 4, WindowsLightbulb Crew SAS ...
Battlerite2017WindowsStunlock Studios AB...
Guardians of Atlas2016Macintosh, WindowsArtillery Games, Inc....
Hunger Dungeon2016Linux, Macintosh, WindowsPQube Ltd...
Kill Strain2016PlayStation 4Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC...
Pirates: Treasure Hunters2016PlayStation 4, WindowsVirtual Toys, S.L....
Invokers Tournament2015PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS VitaStormBASIC S.L....
Infinite Crisis2015WindowsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc....
Sins of a Dark Age2015WindowsIronclad Games Corporation...
Trans-Galactic Tournament2015PlayStation 4You42 Inc....
Strife2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsS2 Games, LLC...
The Witcher: Battle Arena2015Android, iPad, iPhoneCD Projekt RED S.A....
Fates Forever2014iPadHammer & Chisel Inc....
Heroes of the Storm2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc....
Shards of War2014WindowsBigpoint GmbH...
Smite: Battleground of the Gods2014Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneHi-Rez Studios, Inc....
Awesomenauts Assemble!2014PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRonimo Games BV...
Vainglory2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsSuper Evil Mega Corp, Inc....
Prime World2014WindowsNival, Inc....
Panzar2013WindowsPanzar Studio...
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Selected Covers

Heroes of the Storm Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Heroes of the Storm
Hunger Dungeon Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Hunger Dungeon
Strife Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Strife
Prime Arena Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Prime Arena

Selected Screenshots

Main menu. It's the debut of Genn Greymane (Spanish version).
Screenshot from Heroes of the Storm
After installing the game, some additional data needs to be installed.
Screenshot from Vainglory
Splash screen
Screenshot from Invokers Tournament
Game group created by Sciere (657949), additional games added to group by Cantillon (28203), Patrick Bregger (251876), Ƒreddƴ (5816), リカルド・フィリペ (320512), Flapco (27220), firefang9212 (69605), GoaBim (187) and Alaka (72154)