DOTA or Defense of the Ancients began as a multiplayer online battle arena mod for the popular, award-winning WarCraft III, and has then grown to be one of the most popular games in the world. Today, it is arguably the biggest and most competitive game in international gaming competitions such as the World Cyber Games (WGC). As today’s video games experience a shift to mobile platforms, thousands of gamers today are wondering, is there DOTA for iPad? App Quests wants you to look no further than Zynga’s latest offering, Solstice Arena!
Solstice Arena is a 3 v 3 arena game where each team has to work together to fight against both computer controlled units and enemy heros, while trying to eventually destroy the opponent’s base, with consists of towers and buildings. With several multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games already available on the iPad, Solstice Arena presents itself as the World’s First “Speed-MOBA”. What Zynga means is that the game is designed with an intense, fast paced and strategic gameplay, but with each round lasting no more than 15-20 minutes.
Solstice Arena did not exactly aim to be a game like DOTA for iPad, where games would last up to 2 hours each time. To accomodate their idea of quick matches, Solstice Arena does away with the idea of farming, where you can try to level up and grow stronger by killing more computer-controlled units or heros. Therefore, all heros will be equally powerful throughout the game, which means also mean that tactics and strategies becomes the main focus of the game.
As you enter the game, you can choose from a total of 11 different heroes, each with a set of different skills or spells at their disposal. Navigation and fighting is all done using the game’s unique single finger control on the iPad, which reinvents the need for a mouse and keyboard like DOTA. Solstice Arena features full 3-D graphics with an angled top-down view, making it easy to play with no viewing complications. This is a little different from what we have expected as DOTA for iPad, but we had tremendous fun playing it. If you want to practise before going head to head with others, there are 3 different modes available : solo, co-op as well as versus multiplayer.
What some players would be concerned about is- 1. do I have to pay to play the game? 2. Will there be in-app upgrades that would cause imbalance to gameplay?
The good news is, Solstice Area is completely free to play. Character upgrade and ranking systems are completely merit based, meaning that your hard work and skill will get you to the top, not money. At the moment, in-app purchases are strictly for cosmetic upgrades only, and we hope that it stays this way.
Still looking for DOTA for iPad? Solstice Arena may well be a great MOBA game on its own. See it in the App Store today!