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
Prime Arena2017WindowsNival, Inc....
Games of Glory2017PlayStation 4, WindowsLightbulb Crew SAS ...
Pirates: Treasure Hunters2016PlayStation 4, WindowsVirtual Toys, S.L....
Guardians of Atlas2016Macintosh, WindowsArtillery Games, Inc....
Kill Strain2016PlayStation 4Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC...
Invokers Tournament2015PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS VitaStormBASIC S.L....
Sins of a Dark Age2015WindowsIronclad Games Corporation...
Infinite Crisis2015WindowsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc....
Trans-Galactic Tournament2015PlayStation 4You42 Inc....
Fates Forever2014iPadHammer & Chisel Inc....
Prime World2014WindowsNival, Inc....
Awesomenauts Assemble!2014PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRonimo Games BV...
Smite: Battleground of the Gods2014Macintosh, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneHi-Rez Studios, Inc....
Vainglory2014Android, iPad, iPhoneSuper Evil Mega Corp, Inc....
Heroes of the Storm2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc....
Panzar2013WindowsPanzar Studio...
Dota 22013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation2.87
Dragons and Titans2013Android, Browser, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBackflip Studios, Inc....
Heroes of Order & Chaos2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneGameloft S.A....
Awesomenauts2012Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360dtp entertainment AG2.90
Guardians of Middle-earth2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc....
Bloodline Champions2011WindowsFuncom Oslo A/S...
Crasher2011Macintosh, WindowsMindscape SA...
Heroes of Newerth2010Linux, Macintosh, WindowsS2 Games, LLC2.97
Demigod2009WindowsStardock Entertainment, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Kill Strain PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Front cover for Kill Strain
Demigod Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Demigod
Prime Arena Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Prime Arena
Invokers Tournament PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Invokers Tournament
Crasher Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Crasher

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from Demigod
Splash screen
Screenshot from Invokers Tournament
Start screen
Screenshot from Dragons and Titans
Loading screen
Screenshot from Awesomenauts
Tutorial - Learning the mechanics.
Screenshot from Dota 2
Game group created by Sciere (508220), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (205268), Ƒreddƴ (5821), Flapco (14552) and firefang9212 (46557)