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Friday, 21 April 2017 | MYT 8:30 AM

‘Zoids’ game puts the ‘MOBA’ in ‘mobile phones’

Sabre Tiger and Shield Liger in a trailer for 'Zoids: Fields of Rebellion' trailer. —  Takara Tomy/AFP Relaxnews

Sabre Tiger and Shield Liger in a trailer for 'Zoids: Fields of Rebellion' trailer. — Takara Tomy/AFP Relaxnews

Up to four players can team up in Zoids: Field of Rebellion, a licensed adaptation of Tomy's mechanised warrior robot toy line.

Latest in line to adapt the popular MOBA format for mobile phones is Zoids: Field of Rebellion

Two teams of four face off in a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (hence the genre's name), each choosing an oversized mechanized war machine in the shape of an animal. 

Tomy's Zoids toy line has been in action since 1992, and successive revisions and licensing deals – including four Japanese animated TV series – have kept the motorised figurines going through the 35 years since. 

Zoids: Field of Rebellion now arrives for iOS and Android mobile devices through Japanese regional app stores, and sets up two teams in a scuffle to protect their own base while taking out the opposition's. 

 

Large brands have been eager to get involved with the burgeoning MOBA genre, which is led by League of Legends and Dota 2, computer games which have enormous followings and generate annual multi-million dollar world tournaments. 

January's Star Wars: Force Arena took the visual approach of a MOBA and blended it with elements from deck-building digital card games like Clash Royale, while MOBA Legends has organised crossovers with Robocop, Kong: Skull Island and the Chucky movie franchise. 

But among fans of the MOBA genre, few have approached unlicensed contenders Vainglory and, more recently, Titan Brawl

Where the Zoids trailer really succeeds is in whetting appetites for a new anime series, if one is on the way; three quarters of the Field of Rebellion trailer is CGI, the remainder gameplay footage. 

Zoids: Field of Rebellion is a free-to-play title with initial in-app items priced at US$3.99 (RM17.55), US$24.99 (RM109.90) and US$39.99 (RM175.88). — AFP Relaxnews

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