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Thetan Arena is a popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that incorporates NFTs into its gameplay in the form of heroes available on its marketplace. Players earn NFT and token rewards using their skills or through teamwork.
Thetan Arena is developed by a Vietnamese studio called Wolfrun Game, and they have plenty of experience in mobile PvP games. Wolfrun saw an opportunity, so it moved an existing game called Heroes Strike to the blockchain and renamed it Thetan Arena.
The game is available not just on PC but also on Android and iOS. That’s a pretty impressive feat, especially as both platforms have made headlines in recent years for preventing third parties from making money on the platform without taking a sizable chunk of their revenue.
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
Windows, iOS, Android
Single-player / Multiplayer
If you’ve been paying attention to video games for the past 10 or so years, you probably know how a MOBA works. Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas give players a selection of diverse heroes with a myriad of special abilities and throw them into combat with a squad of teammates. The only way to win is to work together to find the best ways for your heroes to work together and use them to overwhelm and contain your opponents.
Thetan Arena is no different, but it puts a cool blockchain twist on the proceedings. In this game, you have a selection of free heroes that you are gifted with, but you also have the ability to purchase other, more powerful characters as NFTs and add them to your collection. No matter how you get a hero, each one has its own fighting style and level of rarity. For instance, Raidon is a Anonymous mask-wearing assassin that is a “common” character, but there is also Meiko, “The Ghost Captain”, which is an Epic-rarity tank character.
There are over 25 characters in all, and each one is unique enough that there will be a Thetan hero for just about any playstyle preference. The actual combat gameplay is well-balanced, and each character is a viable choice to use in a match, at least at the beginning.
Players can give their heroes a variety of skills, ranging from a bubble of protection to a barrage of rockets and everything in between. There are a handful of these skills that are unlocked from the beginning, but you’ll need to spend some of the in-game currency, called Power Points, to gain access to the best ones.
Mixing and matching these skills with the base abilities of the heroes at your disposal is the backbone of Thetan Arena, and things only get better and more tactical when you get your friends in the mix. Trying to find synergies with random teammates isn’t necessarily impossible, but hopping on a Discord call and strategizing with a squad of your friends is intoxicating, and Thetan Arena’s design makes that not only possible but encouraged.
As of this review, Thetan Arena has quite a handful of game modes: Battle Royale, Tower Siege, Super Star, Deathmatch, and Custom Battle.
In the Battle Royale game mode, 12 players are placed on a battleground and must try to survive and become the last person standing. A ring-shaped border will appear and start closing in, eliminating anyone who is outside of it. By destroying supply boxes, players can get extra power points, and they can kill other players to stay alive.
In the Tower Siege game mode, players are divided into two teams and must try to bring down the opposing team's tower. Each team can collect items called "Battery" to summon a Siege Robot, which can damage the opposing team's tower. The game ends when one of the towers is destroyed, or if time runs out and neither tower has been destroyed, the team with the most tower health will win.
In the Super Star game mode, players aim to own the "superstar" and collect match points by picking up Point Stars that are produced by the "mother" Superstar. The team with the most match points at the end of the game wins. If one team has more than 50 match points than the other, the winner is declared immediately.
In the Deathmatch game mode, players try to eliminate as many other players as possible to earn points. The player with the most points at the end of the game is declared the winner. If a single player has more than 25 elimination points, the game will end immediately and they will be announced as the winner.
Finally, in the Custom Battle game mode, players can create their own game and invite friends to play with them. The host can choose the game mode, map, and number of players for the game.
Each of these is unique enough to justify its inclusion in the game, and Thetan Arena constantly receives updates from its developers that add content as well as enact balance changes.
Thetan Arena has been around just over a year, but it has made a name for itself in that short time. On the game’s website, the developers boast about a few achievements Thetan Arena has accomplished, including engaging over 25 million players, ranking number 1 on the Google Play Store, and making it into the top 10 blockchain games of 2021. All impressive achievements, to be sure, and Wolffun doesn’t seem to be finished with Thetan yet.
Thetan Arena’s PC launcher advertises the imminent launch of Thetan Rivals, a Fall Guys-esque multiplayer knockout game that appears to use the hero NFTs players are already familiar with. One thing is for sure, if Thetan Rivals has even half the polish and fun of Thetan Arena and is also available on mobile and PC, fans are going to be in for quite a treat.
Easy to Learn
To start playing Thetan Arena, the first thing you will need to do is visit the official website and download the game for your preferred device (either PC or mobile).
Once the game is downloaded, you can create an account by following the on-screen instructions.
If you have a Metamask wallet, you can also link it to your Thetan Arena account by going to the Marketplace and clicking on "Connect Wallet." The website will guide you through the process of setting up the link. It's important to note that this process is irreversible, so make sure to double-check that you are linking the correct wallet. Once you have set up your account and linked your wallet, you are ready to start playing Thetan Arena.
Linking your wallet is not necessary for playing and earning. This will only be required for the withdrawal of in-game currencies (THG and THC), as well as the buying and selling of items or heroes.