Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) got banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps over privacy concerns and rising tensions between the two countries. With over 100 million downloads on Google Play Store, MLBB had a growing scene in the Indian subcontinent. This has left MOBA gamers looking for other alternatives.
Although some diehard fans have resorted to downloading APKs to continue playing MLBB, we do not recommend using this method as it may pose a security threat to your mobile phone. Here is a list of the games that are similar to MLBB:
1. Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor is a popular MOBA available on Google Play Store. The game has over 10 million downloads and an emerging community in South East Asia. The overall gameplay of Arena of Valor is very similar to other MOBAs, especially to League of Legends. The game features a 5v5, 3v3, 1v1 and co-op multiplayer modes. The great art style and character designs keep it engaging and you also get to play as characters from the DC Comics Universe, so who wants to be Batman? With quick matchmaking, short 10-minute matches and over 100 Heroes to choose from, Arena of Valor makes for a good alternative to MLBB.
Developed by Super Evil Megacorp, Vainglory burst onto the mobile scene in 2015 and since then has grown into one of the most popular mobile MOBAs. The game has pretty standard MOBA mechanics and players can choose from a current roster of 56 heroes. The game has over 10 million downloads on Google Play Store which means low match wait times and the different modes keep the game from going stale. Vainglory is great for the more hardcore MOBA fans.
3. MARVEL Super War
MARVEL Super War is another fun MOBA similar to Arena of Valor and MLBB. Fight 3v3 or 5v5 battles playing as one of over 50 superheroes and villains from the Marvel universe. Players will find iconic characters like Hulk, Loki, Iron Man, Thanos and Deadpool to choose from. These heroes are divided into different categories: fighter, assassin, tank, energy, sniper, and support. The game has several different modes to choose from like Blitz, ARAL, 5v5, 3v3. If you're looking for MLBB mixed with the Marvel Universe, this is the game for you.
4. Heroes of Order & Chaos
Heroes of Order & Chaos was developed by Gameloft SE and is considered the first Mobile MOBA. There are currently 44 Heroes available to play with the newest edition being Skale, the Stone Guardian. There are currently 3 maps available to play including Rift at Sinskaald, the classic 5v5 battle mode, Border Skirmish which is a 3v3 mode and Under Realm Ruins. Although Gameloft has taken down the Windows version, the game is still available to play on iOS and Android phones. If you want some old school MOBA action, this is game is a good alternative to MLBB.
5. Paladins Strike
Paladins Strike is a newer MOBA developed as a spin-off from Paladins by Hi-Rez Studios. The game has all the features normal MOBAs have including quick 5v5 matches and over 20 Champions to choose from. Players can capture objectives and dominate the map in Siege and Summons mode or go head-to-head against an enemy team in a Deathmatch. Along with these basic MOBA features, the game also introduces various other mechanics and game modes like escorting a payload through enemies. It is a good middle-ground for players who like MOBAs but want a twist on MLBB.
Coming Soon: Wild Rift
Wild Rift is an upcoming MOBA developed by Riot Games, similar to its PC counterpart, League of Legends. An edition of dev diary released in May showed off Wild Rift’s current 36 champ roster. Riot Games has said that Wild Rift will be available for iOS, Android and consoles by the end of 2020. The game went through a limited alpha launch in Brazil and the Philippines in June 2020.