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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
Dark Eclipse2018PlayStation 4Sun Corporation...
Prime Arena2017WindowsNival, Inc....
Games of Glory2017PlayStation 4, WindowsLightbulb Crew SAS ...
Pirates: Treasure Hunters2016PlayStation 4, WindowsVirtual Toys, S.L....
Kill Strain2016PlayStation 4Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC...
Guardians of Atlas2016Macintosh, WindowsArtillery Games, Inc....
Infinite Crisis2015WindowsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc....
Sins of a Dark Age2015WindowsIronclad Games Corporation...
Invokers Tournament2015PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS VitaStormBASIC S.L....
Trans-Galactic Tournament2015PlayStation 4You42 Inc....
Smite: Battleground of the Gods2014Macintosh, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox OneHi-Rez Studios, Inc....
Vainglory2014Android, iPad, iPhoneSuper Evil Mega Corp, Inc....
Heroes of the Storm2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc....
Fates Forever2014iPadHammer & Chisel Inc....
Prime World2014WindowsNival, Inc....
Awesomenauts Assemble!2014PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRonimo Games BV...
Dota 22013Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation2.87
Panzar2013WindowsPanzar Studio...
Dragons and Titans2013Android, Browser, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBackflip Studios, Inc....
Heroes of Order & Chaos2012Android, iPad, iPhone, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneGameloft S.A....
Guardians of Middle-earth2012PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc....
Awesomenauts2012Linux, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360dtp entertainment AG2.90
Bloodline Champions2011WindowsFuncom Oslo A/S...
Crasher2011Macintosh, WindowsMindscape SA...
Heroes of Newerth2010Linux, Macintosh, WindowsS2 Games, LLC2.97
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Selected Covers

Heroes of the Storm Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Heroes of the Storm
Kill Strain PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Front cover for Kill Strain
Guardians of Atlas Macintosh Front Cover
Front cover for Guardians of Atlas

Selected Screenshots

Main menu. It's the debut of Genn Greymane (Spanish version).
Screenshot from Heroes of the Storm
Splash screen
Screenshot from Invokers Tournament
After installing the game, some additional data needs to be installed.
Screenshot from Vainglory
Main Screen of the game after login. It displays the portrait of last hero played.
Screenshot from Infinite Crisis
Game group created by Sciere (538983), additional games added to group by Patrick Bregger (223104), Ƒreddƴ (5821), リカルド・フィリペ (176481), Flapco (15770) and firefang9212 (55753)