Play Arena of Valor, an exciting new MOBA game featuring popular characters from DC comics like Batman and Joker.
Enjoy intense 5v5 action while teaming up with your friends or with random players.
Form the strongest team and immerse yourself in the best MOBA experience you can on a mobile device
Gamers have always been enamored with multiplayer online battle arena since the Warcraft DOTA days. From it sprang DOTA 2, Heroes of Newerth, and of course, League of Legends. Arena of Valor is a mobile MOBA, and is published and developed by Tencent Games which now owns League of Legends. If you’re cutting your PC gaming times short and investing in a little portability instead, is Arena of Valor a game you would want to invest in? Well, let’s find out:
Arena of Valor contains all the intricacies, nooks, and crannies of a regular MOBA game. It contains three lanes with creeps spawning at the edge of the bases, a jungle where you can farm neutrals, and of course, the three towers spawning in each lane. The goal is pretty simple: fight until you destroy the enemy team’s base or until they surrender. Unlike PC MOBAs though, the games are relatively fast-paced, which is a given considering the smaller platform. That being said, they last at 10 minutes, making it easy for you to drop in and drop out of the action.
The controls are quite simple: if you’ve played other MOBAs before, then you won’t have any problems with it. Unfortunately though, the user interface can be a little cramped, considering that the map, shop button, skills and attack button, as well as other utilities are fall fitted into it. With that said, it’s plasters information on your face, but nevertheless, it does not feel like it’s overloading you with info. There’s also a short tutorial prior to playing,
One thing that sets Arena of Valor apart from other games is its inclusion of famous DC comics characters like the Batman and Joker. Unfortunately, unlocking them requires a bit of a grind, though there’s always the option to take a shortcut by spending real money. Thankfully, there are 40 other characters (and growing) that you can try out. Gameplay-wise, it’s no different from other MOBA titles, but it’s a little more oriented to action instead of strategy. This actually puts it in a positive light, given that mobile MOBA gamers would appreciate senseless button mashing than complicated strategies and combinations.
Gameplay modes include the Ranked and Casual mode, letting you play with a challenge or without it. Note that regardless of the mode, you will be able to find a match as long as you have a stable internet connection. This is considering that the game supports multi-platform access. This means iOS players can go up against those using Android devices.
In terms of stability and performance, Arena of Valor does well. We played using an iPad Air and a budget Android phone and issues like lag and framerate drops are nonexistent. If one of your teammates somehow quits or gets disconnected, he will be replaced by a rather competent AI bot that performs well.
Overall, Arena of Valor may not be an original concept, but it does the job of giving you short bursts of unadulterated and fun MOBA action quite well. Though one of the main draws is acquiring DC characters, a long grind or a premium purchase may be needed if you want them around quickly. Moreover, it’s a pretty stable game and lag and framerate drops should be at the back of your mind. Give it a shot and see if it holds well compared to other games in the genre!