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League of Legends for Your Phone: Best Battle Arena Games

The new League of Legends mobile game will be available in the U.S. this spring, so we got a jump start on seeing how it compares to other popular MOBA games.

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League of Legends for Your Phone: Best Battle Arena Games

How do you find an authentic MOBA gaming experience for your mobile phone? All 10 apps we tested are free to download with in-app purchases, so we set out to see not only which was best to play but also which was most cost-effective. The competition was tough, but we selected League of Legends Wild Rift as our top pick, especially since the game is the most budget-friendly. Continue reading to find out why LoL was crowned and which games came 2nd and 3rd on our list.

Our Pick

Best app for an authentic MOBA experience

  • The skills-and-strats 5v5 MOBA experience of League of Legends
    3.8 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


The graphics, controls, and gameplay are phenomenal. The way they’ve been able to put so much into one game is nothing short of incredible. If you’re a long time League of Legends fan, or you’re trying a MOBA for the first time, you’ll love League of Legends Wild Rift.

Why we chose League of Legends:

  • Wild Rift is free to play, and while there are in-app purchases, champions receive ample free rewards to buy characters and cosmetics
  • The graphics are visually stunning and allow you to play the game with clear and crisp precision
  • The wide range of available characters makes the game more fun and enjoyable as you get to play with and unlock different champions
  • Matches last about 15-20 minutes, which is the right amount of time to keep you engaged
This game is pretty intense, and you might struggle at first if you're new to it. But once you've got the hang of it and played a couple of runs, you’ll be collecting new heroes in no time.
Read League of Legends' Full Review
Runner Up

Best game for all-out action 

  • Reunion: Classics Encore Play with friends any time
    4.3 Ratings 40M+ Reviews 500M+ Downloads
    Free In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


This fast-paced shooting game is an alternative take on the battle royale genre, and on each run, you will face a challenge to survive as you and your teammates try to outlast the competition.

Why we chose PUBG Mobile:

  • This is a free-to-play game that strongly believes in keeping the game fair by rewarding players based on their play, not how much they spend
  • The game design gives you more freedom over how you play and what tactics you use
  • Incredible HD graphics bring the game to life and immerses you in the game-play
  • Daily events and challenges keep the game engaging and fun to play
The graphics in this game are fantastic, and the design is great. We especially love the option to customize your player and all your accessories, all the way down to the weapon skins.

This is a fun and addictive game that gives you full control over how you play and the tactics you use, which we love to see. 

Read PUBG Mobile's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best game for new gamers

  • 3v3 and Battle Royale
    4.3 Ratings 21M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Brawl Stars is a fun and exciting battle royale game that pits teams of 3 against each other in a battle for gems. It has user-friendly controls and an easy-going design. Although it’s more suited to a new gamer, and especially to someone new to the MOBA genre, you’ll find yourself getting hooked pretty soon.

Why we chose Brawl Stars:

  • Brawl Stars is a free-to-play game but there are in-app purchases for you to upgrade quicker
  • A fun game that is easy to play with friends and family, giving you a unique gaming experience
  • Smooth UI and gaming interface makes this game enjoyable to play
  • There are 7 different game modes available to play in Brawl Stars
The graphics may not be as comprehensive as some of the other games we tested but Brawl Stars is a different kind of game. It’s not trying to appeal to the hardcore MOBA players, it just wants you to have fun as you play a game on your phone.
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Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Dive into Wild Rift: the skills-and-strategy 5v5 MOBA experience of League of Legends by Riot Games, now built from the ground up for mobile. With smooth controls and fast-paced games, you can team up with friends, lock in your champion, and go for the big plays.

    Master the Rift and earn your legend with dynamic champs and ever-changing strats. Each game is a chance to land the perfect skill shot, turn the tides in a crazy teamfight, or pull off that sweet, sweet pentakill.

    Teamwork makes the dream work in this mobile MOBA. Whether you’re a duo, trio, or full five-stack, you can queue up with your squad and climb the ladder one enemy Nexus at a time.

    Dunk on the competition with a giant sword, freeze enemies in their tracks with a cross-the-map ice arrow, or lure opponents to their doom with mesmerizing charm. Whatever you want your legend to be, there’s a champ for you.

    Face off in matches balanced for skill level as well as party size. All champions can be earned for free in Wild Rift, and there’s no paying for playtime or power. Ever.

    Follow for 200IQ gameplay clips, dev and feature updates, and a whole lot more:
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/playwildrift
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/playwildrift
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildrift
    Website: https://wildrift.leagueoflegends.com

    Support: https://support-wildrift.riotgames.com/
    Privacy Policy: http://leagueoflegends.com/legal/privacy
    Terms of Service: https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/legal/termsofuse
    In-App Purchases
    $2.99 - $99.99 per item
    $4.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Epic Battle Royale Free on Mobile.

    The official PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS designed exclusively for mobile.
    Extreme firefights, 10-min chicken dinners.
    Over 1 Billion Players Worldwide.

    Free with plenty of new events.
    In PUBG MOBILE, rise to the top and freely fire to your heart's content. PUBG MOBILE is the original mobile battle royale and the apex of mobile shooters.

    Play PUBG MOBILE with a new state of mind! Shootouts and firefights with the smoothest experience imaginable. All for free!

    Get your guns ready and answer the call to arms in PUBG MOBILE’s free fire matchmaking.

    PUBG MOBILE: Flora Menace brings a new state of epic free fire against unknown invaders.
    Free the PUBG planet from the Yarilo invasion and fire away! Answer the call of the battlegrounds and fulfill your duty to protect your home!
    The Cell Matrix is descending. Prepare to experience the apex of battle royales!

    PUBG MOBILE has plenty of options to give you a new state of thrill and survival in each map. Call your friends to duty and play in new modes together! Feel free to fire at everything you see!

    Featuring customizable controls, training modes, and voice chat with friends. Experience the smoothest controls and most realistic weapons on mobile.

    PUBG MOBILE offers you the best high resolution items and gameplay. State your desires, PUBG MOBILE answers your call. Try out and fire away with an unbelievable selection of weapons freely available. New items, maps, and modes are constantly being added!

    PUBG MOBILE delivers the most intense free-to-play multiplayer action on mobile. Drop in, gear up, and compete. Survive epic 100-player classic battles, payload mode and fast-paced 4v4 team deathmatch and zombie modes. Survival is key and the last one standing wins. When duty calls, fire at will!

    * Requires a stable internet connection.
    * PUBG MOBILE recommended system requirements: Android 5.1.1 or above and at least 2 GB memory. For other devices can try out PUBG MOBILE LITE

    Follow us:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PUBGMOBILE
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PUBGMobile
    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/PUBGMobile/

    Contact our customer service at PUBGMOBILE_CS@tencentgames.com if you have any questions.
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $199.99 per item
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Fast-paced 3v3 multiplayer and battle royale made for mobile! Play with friends or solo across a variety of game modes in under three minutes.

    Unlock and upgrade dozens of Brawlers with powerful Super abilities, Star Powers and Gadgets! Collect unique skins to stand out and show off. Battle in a variety of mysterious locations within the Brawliverse!

    - Gem Grab (3v3): Team up and out-strategize the opposing team. Collect and hold 10 gems to win, but get fragged and lose your gems.
    - Showdown (Solo/Duo): A battle royale style fight for survival. Collect power ups for your Brawler. Grab a friend or play solo - be the last Brawler standing in the rowdiest battle royale yet. Winner take all!
    - Brawl Ball (3v3): It's a whole new Brawl game! Show off your soccer/football skills and score two goals before the other team. There are no red cards here.
    - Bounty (3v3): Take out opponents to earn stars, but don’t let them pick you off. The squad with the most stars wins the match!
    - Heist (3v3): Protect your team’s safe and try to crack open your opponents’. Navigate the map to sneak, blast and blow your way clear to the enemies treasure.
    - Special Events: Limited time special PvE and PvP game modes.
    - Championship Challenge: Join Brawl Stars' esports scene with in-game qualifiers!

    Collect and upgrade a variety of Brawlers with powerful Super abilities, Star Powers and Gadgets! Level them up and collect unique skins.

    Complete quests, open Brawl Boxes, earn Gems, pins and an exclusive Brawl Pass skin! Fresh content every season.

    Climb the local and regional leaderboards to prove you’re the greatest Brawler of them all!

    Look out for new Brawlers, skins, maps, special events and games modes in the future.

    PLEASE NOTE! Brawl Stars is free to download and play, however, some game items can also be purchased for real money. If you don't want to use this feature, please disable in-app purchases in your device's settings. Also, under our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you must be at least 9 years of age to play or download Brawl Stars.

    - Team up for real-time 3v3 battles against players from across the world
    - A fast-paced multiplayer battle royale mode made for mobile
    - Unlock and collect new, powerful Brawlers - each with a signature attack and Super ability
    - New events and game modes daily
    - Battle solo or with friends
    - Climb to the top of the leaderboards in global and local rankings
    - Join or start your own Club with fellow players to share tips and battle together
    - Customize Brawlers with unlockable skins
    - Player-designed maps offer challenging new terrain to master

    From the makers of Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Boom Beach!

    Contact us in-game via Settings > Help and Support — or visit http://help.supercellsupport.com/brawl-stars/en/index.html

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    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $1.99 - $19.99 per item
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