Vainglory is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Super Evil Megacorp for iOS and Android devices.
The game is a simplified version of the PC-based genre wherein two opposing teams of three players fight to destroy the enemy base by controlling the path between the bases, which is lined by turrets and guarded by AI controlled enemy creatures. Off the path, players battle for control points that supply extra resources. The game was released for iOS in November 2014, after being soft-launched for over half a year, with the Android version being released in July 2015.
As standard for the genre, two opposing teams fight to reach and destroy the enemy’s base while defending their own in a tug of war for control of a path, the “lane”, which connects the bases. In addition, there is a “jungle” beneath the lane, which contains creatures and objectives that can be killed or captured.
In Vainglory, teams have three players who each control an avatar, known as a “hero”, from their own device. Weaker computer-controlled characters, called “minions”, spawn at team bases and follow the lane to the opposite team’s base, fighting enemies and turrets en route. Lining the lane are turret towers that repel the flow of minions and enemy heroes. The player’s objective is to destroy the enemy turrets and the “Vain Crystal” in the enemy team’s base.
There are two PvP modes of Vainglory: Standard, in which the whole map is available, and Battle Royale, in which progression is faster and the battle is limited only to the lane. Players can play ranked Standard games to increase their in-game ranking, or casual Standard games, in which their rank is not affected. In the game client, ranked play duration is listed as 25 minutes, whereas casual play is 20 minutes.
As of November 2016, there are 29 hero options. The developers of the game continually add new heroes, each with different skills but balanced for fair play. For example, a hero may have high damage but poor mobility, or strong melee abilities but no ranged option. Players choose between three abilities that upgrade via a common technology tree. There is a set number of heroes that are free to play, with the free to play roster being refreshed every week. The game uses two in-game currencies for in-app purchases: one that can be earned through play, known as Glory, and one that can be purchased with money, known as Immensely Concentrated Evil (ICE). Players can also choose to permanently unlock any character for a certain amount of Glory. As of update 1.18.0, the player was able to get ICE from chests.
Vainglory offers two main modes of in-game communication: team emoticons and strategic pings.