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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
Brew & Brawl: Gnomes vs. Dwarves2020WindowsMilk Carton Games...
Archwar: Heroes and Demons2020AndroidGame One Technology Sdn Bhd...
Fault2020WindowsStrange Matter Studios...
League of Legends: Wild Rift2020iPad, iPhoneRiot Games, Inc....
Genesis2019PlayStation 4, WindowsHainan Legendkey Network Technology Co., Ltd....
Dark Eclipse2018PlayStation 4Sun Corporation...
Prime Arena2017WindowsNival, Inc....
Master X Master2017WindowsNCsoft West...
Battlerite2017WindowsStunlock Studios AB...
Games of Glory2017PlayStation 4, WindowsLightbulb Crew SAS ...
Guardians of Atlas2016Macintosh, WindowsArtillery Games, Inc....
Pirates: Treasure Hunters2016PlayStation 4, WindowsVirtual Toys, S.L....
Kill Strain2016PlayStation 4Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC...
Hunger Dungeon2016Linux, Macintosh, WindowsPQube Ltd...
Arena of Valor2016Android, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo SwitchProxima Beta Pte. Limited...
Infinite Crisis2015WindowsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc....
Invokers Tournament2015PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS VitaStormBASIC S.L....
Trans-Galactic Tournament2015PlayStation 4You42 Inc....
Strife2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsS2 Games, LLC...
Honor of Kings2015Android, iPad, iPhoneTencent Holdings Limited...
The Witcher: Battle Arena2015Android, iPad, iPhoneCD Projekt RED S.A....
Sins of a Dark Age2015WindowsIronclad Games Corporation...
Heroes of the Storm2015Macintosh, WindowsBlizzard Entertainment Inc....
Vainglory2014Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsSuper Evil Mega Corp, Inc....
Awesomenauts Assemble!2014PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRonimo Games BV...
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Selected Covers

Invokers Tournament PlayStation 3 Front Cover
Front cover for Invokers Tournament
Kill Strain PlayStation 4 Front Cover
Front cover for Kill Strain

Selected Screenshots

Splash screen
Screenshot from Invokers Tournament
Main Screen of the game after login. It displays the portrait of last hero played.
Screenshot from Infinite Crisis
After installing the game, some additional data needs to be installed.
Screenshot from Vainglory
Main menu. It's the debut of Genn Greymane (Spanish version).
Screenshot from Heroes of the Storm
Game group created by Sciere (758224), additional games added to group by Cantillon (43463), Patrick Bregger (265817), Ƒreddƴ (5816), Rik Hideto (431843), Flapco (45632), firefang9212 (75401), GoaBim (187) and Alaka (82451)
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