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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.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick League of Legends: Wild Rift League of Legends: Wild Rift Runner Up PUBG MOBILE: Aftermath PUBG MOBILE: Aftermath Also Groovy Brawl Stars Brawl Stars
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

Best app for an authentic MOBA experience

  • League of Legends 5v5 MOBA action for mobile. A fresh take on battle arena games
    4.1 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 

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 22M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free 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.
Read Brawl Stars's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    The 5v5 MOBA gameplay of League of Legends by Riot Games, built from the ground up for mobile. Dive into Wild Rift, a 5v5 battle game with exciting MOBA action, where your skills and strategies are put to the test. With fast-paced arena combat, smooth controls, and diverse gameplay, you can team up with friends, lock in your champion, and go for the big plays.

    Play Wild Rift, a battle arena game packed with exciting content and tons of features to explore.

    - Mobile battle game where your strategy and skills will be put to the test.
    - Dynamic arena battle games where different champions, items, and objectives will make you rethink your strategy on the fly.
    - 5v5 MOBA action where each game is a chance to land a perfect skill shot, turn the tides of a crazy teamfight, or pull off a sweet, sweet pentakill.

    - 5v5 games means teamwork makes the dream work.
    - Queue up with your squad as a duo, trio, or a full team of five and climb the ladder one enemy Nexus at a time.
    - Share the MOBA experience with friends by inviting them through multiple social channels.
    - Take on the battle arena of the Rift and earn rewards together by starting or joining a guild!

    - Enter the arena with a champion that fits your playstyle.
    - Dominate the combat arena with a giant sword, freeze enemies in their tracks with an ice arrow from across the map, or lure opponents to their doom with mesmerizing charm.
    - A ninja assassin, a warrior of sunlight, a literal mountain, and more. Whatever you want your legend to be, there’s a champ for you.

    - Arena battle intensity with clear visuals, beautiful graphics, and vibrant characters.
    - Multiple game modes, champions, and skins that are constantly updated.
    - A mobile battle experience that optimizes the epic 5v5 battle arena gameplay of PC League of Legends.
    - Featuring ever-changing, high-quality content. No two matches in the combat arena are ever the same.

    - Always free-to-play, with no way to pay for power or playtime. Ever.
    - Earn every champion for free just by playing. No “paid only” champions.
    - No paying for matches or time on the Rift.
    - Balanced gameplay that prioritizes player skill and party size.
    - Strategy wins games, not paying for stat boosts or “better” champs. Every champion represents a tactical choice for your team or your playstyle.

    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
    The Official PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS made for mobile devices.
    Intense battles in 10-minute matches.
    More than 1 billion players around the world.

    • Epic battle royale masterpiece
    Lots of events for you to explore.
    Climb to the top in PUBG MOBILE and fire at will. PUBG MOBILE is an original battle royale mobile game and one of the best mobile shooting games.

    • Play anytime, anywhere
    Relax and play PUBG MOBILE to your heart's content! Shoot and fight as much as you like with an unparalleled smooth experience.

    • Extreme battles in 10-minute matches
    Prepare your firearms, respond to the call for battle in PUBG MOBILE, and fire at will in matches.

    • Lots of maps and battles
    PUBG MOBILE has many maps and gameplay mechanics that give you a thrilling survival experience in different maps. Find your friends and play the new modes together! Do whatever you want and fire at will!

    • Made especially for mobile phones
    Features customizable controls, training mode, and voice chat with friends. Experience the smoothest control experience and the most realistic firearms on your phone.

    PUBG MOBILE with the highest resolution items and gameplay experience. PUBG MOBILE can fulfill any wish you might have. Choose from countless firearms and test your marksmanship. New items, maps, and modes are constantly added to the game.

    PUBG MOBILE offers the most intense multiplayer battles on your mobile phone. Join the battle, put on your gear, and play to win. Survive in epic 100-player battles in Classic Mode, Payload Mode, the fast-paced 4v4 Team Deathmatch Mode, and Infection Mode. Survival is all that matters. Survive to the end to get the last laugh. Accept missions and fire at will!

    • A stable network connection is required to play the game
    PUBG MOBILE's recommended system requirements: Android 5.1.1 or newer with at least 2GB of RAM. If your device doesn't meet the requirements, you can try PUBG MOBILE LITE.

    • Follow us:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PUBGMOBILE
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/PUBGMobile
    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/PUBGMobile/
    Discord: https://discord.gg/pubgm
    Please contact the customer service if you encounter any problems: service@pubgmobile.com

    • Please read PUBG MOBILE's Privacy Policy and User Agreement
    Privacy Policy: http://pubgmobile.proximabeta.com/privacy.html
    Tencent Games User Agreement: https://www.pubgmobile.com/terms.html
    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

    Privacy Policy:

    Terms of Service:

    Parent’s Guide:

    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $1.99 - $19.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Anton Mark
Written by:

Anton Mark

As a freelancer, I use all types of different apps so that I can manage my time and remain organized with ease. I’m always on the go so I love anything that can help me to stay on top of my tasks but for fun, I love playing games or watching movies.

I’m a huge sports fan so I’ll usually be checking the latest scores or following up on my teams and I also like to expand my mind with audiobooks and podcasts. Using apps allows me to get through so much more in a typical day that I simply wouldn’t be able to cover otherwise and I love it.

Being able to write about apps is pretty great as I get to research the best apps out there and find the hidden gems that people may not know about then share that information to help others discover their new favorite apps.  

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