Review Titan Brawl
A watered down MOBA experience
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 27 Nov 2016, tested on HTC One M8
Good graphics, matches are incredibly short
Shallow mechanics, only two lanes, too much randomness
Multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs) have been some of the most popular PC games to come out this past decade. With games like League of Legends and DOTA 2 pulling in millions of players, it’s not surprising that mobile game developers want a cut of that pie, too. Unfortunately, MOBAs tend to be mechanically dense and rely heavily on tight controls because movement and split-second decisions make all the difference. Titan Brawl for Android is a game that tries to capture the same magic on your phone, but ultimately left me hung to dry.
I’ve spent hundreds of hours between League of Legends and DOTA 2 and understand the nuances that make both games so popular. This game just doesn’t have it. Instead, you get a watered down version of a MOBA, something similar to Clash Royale. First off, matches are head-to-head between two players, which means there is no real team aspect. Players do build their own teams of titans, but titans hardly differ from each other and team composition doesn’t play anywhere near the same role as it does in the aforementioned games.
Secondly, the game is broken into two lanes and there is no jungle. You have no control over your titans’ movements either, instead you simply choose which lane each titan travels down. If opposing titans meet each other in a lane then they’ll stand around fighting until one loses its energy; the winner of the duel will march forward to claim the tower. This is pretty much rinse and repeat until someone’s tower is taken down.
I don’t much like the mechanics in the game either. You choose which heroes are in your party, but you have to wait to launch them. You’ll randomly get one at the beginning of the match and will eventually launch the others until you’re all out of heroes or someone wins. There is very little thought involved.
Titan Brawl is a game that seems great on paper but doesn’t really do much for me in the grand scheme of things. It’s a MOBA-lite that doesn’t nearly scratch the itch you need it to.