Few games have been able to compete with PC-based MOBA games, and few have come close, especially on a mobile device, but this one does it in style. Arena of Valor improves on the control issues that frequently plague mobile versions of these games, making them easy to learn and easy to play. Even better than the control scheme is how accessible the game is. Traditionally, there's a lot to learn if you want to play a MOBA, and it can be overwhelming for new players. Arena of Valor takes the time to show new players how things work with an elegant tutorial mode and a single-player practice mode that lets you toggle damage and ability limitations while you learn to play new heroes. The Casual Match mode also helps with the intimidation factor, as does the default "off" status of chat. If you need to communicate with your teammates, voice chat lets you do it; you can opt to keep it off though, if you don't want some bossy big-mouth ruining your game.
Logging in daily grants useful rewards, and good sportsmanship earns you weekly rewards (players can give each other a thumbs-up after each match). Character build fanatics will enjoy the app's stat-boosting arcana, talents, and skills, and gear hoarders will enjoy the wide range of empowering items. Heroes are interesting, attractive, and varied, and the fact that you can earn many of them just by playing is motivation enough to spend time in the arena. If you've got to have them all, though (two words: "Wonder Woman"), you'll have to spend a few bucks. That said, there's a lot of cool entertainment to be had here, completely for free. So if you've been afraid thus far to take your chances among the MOBA sharks, wait no longer. Arena of Valor offers an accessible means of dipping your toe in the water.