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A lot of devs have been trying to make MOBAs on mobile, and most of it has been met with mixed results. Get Wrecked: Epic Battle Arena is a multiplayer game that takes a lot of what's great about MOBAs and strips out a lot of the more arcane mechanics to leave a fun little brawler that's a little deeper than it first appears. The only problem with any of this is Get Wrecked's pretty low player count.
Beat 'em up
Get Wrecked is a competitive brawler where two pairs of heroes face off in a battle arena. Players have the choice of taking control of one of three heroes: an archer, a knight, or a mage to fight to the death. One team wins a round if at least one of their players is the last character standing, and a team wins a match by winning two out of three rounds.
The arena itself features a crystal in the center of the map that players can attack to unlock special abilities as well as potions in the corners that players can pick up to recover some health. If any match progresses for too long, the arena begins to shrink to force players together.
The action in Get Wrecked is controlled with an on-screen joystick and a few ability buttons on the right side of the screen. These abilities vary pretty wildly between heroes and help to give a sense of depth to the game. Mages wield powerful spells and can teleport across the map, knights can rush in and out of fights easily, and the archer is a more stealthy and tricky character to play as.
After playing a few rounds of Get Wrecked, you'll also start earning chests, which operate a lot like chests in Clash Royale by granting ability and weapon cards, which can upgrade your existing abilities or unlock new ones for you to try out. This allows for players to fine-tune their strategy for each character they play as.
There's a lot to like about Get Wrecked, but only if you can manage to get into a game. When the game initially came out, they had pop-ups that warned players of low player counts, and they were right. In my time with the game, I'm not sure I've seen more than a dozen or so players playing Get Wrecked, making queue times for entering matches pretty long.
Once you get into matches, the action is pretty great, but things can get stale if you find yourself playing the same people over and over again. Get Wrecked is currently trying to solve this issue by offering upwards of $25 of in-game currency for any referrals made, but I'm not sure how well that will work for the game.
The bottom line
When I get into matches of Get Wrecked, I have a pretty good time. The only problem with this is that I don't always have the patience or the time to make this happen with such a low player base. If this game sounds at all interesting to you, try it out, maybe–with enough curious readers–we can make a healthy player base for this brawler.