Not all the bush is oregano and not all video games are Apex Legends or Fortnite. Today, League of Legends remains one of the most popular titles on Twitch, with over 100,000 concurrent viewers at any given time of the day. However, and unlike Tencent or Epic Games, Riot Games has not bet on mobile platforms, so, unfortunately, there is no official League of Legends for Android or iOS.
That, on the other hand, does not mean that there are no MOBAs available on Google Play. There are, and in fact they are really popular. If you are a League of Legends player and you are missing a similar game on your mobileHere are some alternatives so you can continue playing on your smartphone. All of them, by the way, are free.
Arena of Valor
We started strong. Arena of Valor is one of the MOBAs with the most players on Google Play and one of the titles that generate the most income (the latest data speak of 1.93 billion dollars in 2018). It has been developed by Tencent Games, the Chinese video game giant, and is a full-fledged League of Legends. The gameplay is exactly the same and the range of options is quite wide.
Arena of Valor is one of the top-grossing games on Google Play with more than $ 1.93 billion in 2018
The normal game mode is five against five. There are three lines, a jungle, two monsters that offer advantages in the equivalent of the river, three line turrets per team, and a core that you must destroy to win the game. The list of legends (heroes, in this case) is about 50, each with their respective role.
The controls are very well adapted to the touch screen and not complicated to play. It’s considerably simpler than LoL (purchases, for example, can be done automatically without having to return to the nexus) and the games last around 10 minutes, much less than the 45 minutes that Riot games usually last. . Be that as it may, at the beginning you have a tutorial that will make all the concepts clear to you.
Arena of Valor
After Arena of Valor, Vainglory is the best known title. If the first is a little more user friendly, Vainglory, developed by Super Evil Megacorp, has a more careful art design and calls for a little more strategy and knowledge of the MOBA genre. Even so, the operation is the same: three lanes, a jungle, a river with its respective monsters and a nucleus that you must destroy.
As for champions, Vainglory’s offer is quite wide. At first it is difficult to get a little with the roles, but when you play a couple of games you will get used to it. You have several game modes, including the classic five against five, and a catalog of 48 characters at your disposal. That earned it the title of “Best Mobile Game” at the 2016 Global Mobile Awards.
Vainglory is multiplatform, so you can play it on mobile and computer
The controls are well adapted to the mobile screen. Default, attacks automatically target the nearest enemy, but when you gain experience you can start directing them where you want by pressing the button for each skill and dragging to the map. Note that, although it has micropayments, all characters can be unlocked by playing and getting game currency (glories). It’s cross-platform, by the way.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Another title with millions of downloads and active users is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, which in March alone added six million new players according to Sensor Tower. Possibly the one with a aesthetic more like League of Legends (too much, even). Like the original game, we have a five-on-five mode with 18 defensive towers, a river, monsters in the jungle, and a wide range of characters. It takes about 10 seconds to find games, games that usually last around 10 minutes.
The controls have also been well interpreted and it’s comfortable to play with a touch screen. You have a cursor on the left to move the character and with the buttons on the right you will launch the automatic attacks and abilities. By default it comes with automatic aiming, so you can start with help and, when you get experience, start aiming for yourself.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
Heroes Evolved has more than 10 million downloads and a four-star rating. It’s been on Google Play for a long time and it’s a full-fledged MOBA. Like all the games on this list, Heroes Evolved has three lanes, defensive turrets, jungle, and monsters to boost abilities. As an interesting fact, it has an adventure mode to practice before launching into the competitive one.
The catalog of champions goes up to 50 options, each with their role and their respective abilities. Like the previous one, with the left stick you control the character and with the buttons on the right you launch the skills. Aiming is automatic, although you can do it manually if you have enough skill.
Survival Heroes is a somewhat peculiar mix. It has the aesthetics, playability and system of a MOBA, but it’s actually a battle royale. In each game you start from scratch, so you will have to venture around the map and get hold of different weapons to kill the 99 enemies who are thinking of killing you.
There are 30 weapons scattered around the map, as well as loot and different monsters that will try to kill you. The idea is that, depending on the character you choose, you look for one type of weapon or another to play more aggressive or be more passive, set traps and play wear and tear. The game is quite heavy and requires at least 2 GB of RAM to move freely.
A bonus for League of Legends players: LOLSUMO
If you are a League of Legends player, there is a very interesting application that can help you learn how to make your own builds and meet the players you face: LOLSUMO. This app analyzes the games and tells you, depending on who you face, what weapons and objects you should buy, the runes, how to move and what you should take into account so as not to lose the line.
It is completely free, although some functions are paid and require a subscription of 7.99 euros per month. Another similar is Builds for LoL, which works more or less the same and offers game statistics, allows you to see the calendar of eSports competitions, etc.