It's time to bust stuff up in a cross-platform manner. Aerena - Clash of Champions has arrived in the Play Store after debuting on Steam (coming to iOS later). This is a turn-based combat game that promises quick, high-energy matches with squads of cool heroes squaring off. It's free-to-play, but the model doesn't sound bad. Note: it's tablet-only.

Being a turn-based game, Aerena is a tactical experience. Each hero has its own unique skills and abilities, so your strategy must change based on what you're working with. The game includes a rotating roster of units and heroes to deploy, but you can also purchase (with cash money) your favorites to keep in the roster permanently.

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The developers promise new content will be added frequently, and you are able to earn in-game currency from completing challenges. It'll take a little grinding, but it sounds like a reasonable proposition in this age of freemium games. The graphics look sweet too, so it's at least worth checking out.

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Luis Felipe Londoño

    Nexus 5
    This item is not compatible with your device.

    • Daniel

      Same here....

    • Tobbbe

      I guess it's tablet only maybe?

      • Nancho Urón

        Hell, I have a tablet and isn't compatible either. Damn you HP!

    • Xergio

      Samsung Galaxy Nexus... not compatible too! =(

    • Luis Felipe Londoño

      I contacted to the support asking why this game is incompatible with my smartphone. This is the reply:


      Thank you for contacting us regarding Ærena currently not released for Nexus 5.

      Let me start with the good news: The game will be released for the Galaxy Nexus 5 (and in fact smart phones in general) eventually. The bad news however is: It will probably take a couple of weeks before we do so.

      The reason for this is that there are a some things that we need to resolve that specifically have to do with the game running on mobile phones. “What happens to the game when you receive a call” is one of those. We have had several negative user reviews in the alpha because of such issues. We want to have the solutions for these questions and make sure we have the game in the best working condition on the various types of mobile phones before we release the Beta to our customers on smartphones. Rest assured though that we are already actively working on the solutions required so if anything goes to plan, it shouldn’t be too long until you can play again. In the meantime however, Ærena will only be available to be played on Steam (both for Mac and Windows) and Android-Tablets.

      If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

      All the Best,

      Your Cliffhanger Team

      So, we have to wait.

      Sorry for my bad English.

  • Andrew Loiacono

    Might be tablet only :(

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Hopfully it gets hacked so you get everything for free.

    • Tobbbe

      Oh please, learn to pay for yourself! Developers needs to earn their money to don't they?

      • superlawyer15

        I'm sure very few share in your opinion...
        I have no problem putting on the pirate hat when a dev. ops to go the freemium route ...either make a real premium game or dont make one

      • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

        Its because of idiots like you the bullshit freemium model is going strong.

        • Tobbbe

          Just because I don't share the same opinion as you don't make me an idiot, however calling other people idiots for not sharing their view on things is a whole other story.
          If I like something, I'm happy to pay for it. I do prefer to just pay once for a game and then everything in the game if free, but if the developer choose to go freemium instead, it's really their choice. What does annoy me is when games combine these two, that's awful.

  • Steven Z

    Seems to be tablet-only.

  • Adam Truelove

    There is NO reason this should be tablet only.

  • namesib

    Gonna have to pirate it then. Let ME decide whether or not a game is unplayable on a phone. I've seen many "tablet-only" games that work fine on large-screen, high-resolution phones. Sure, they are more convenient on tablets but they are certainly playable on a 5-inch 1080p phone.

  • maxkobi

    heads up, i was allowed to play it on my Note 3, so its not tablet only. but yeah the phone is a phablet but i don't think the play store recognizes my phone as a tablet.

    • tdurden64111

      The Note 3 is basically a tablet.

  • Michael

    Note 3 is incompatible.

  • Ng Wai Boon

    Compatible with Nexus 7 2013 but only installable using US account though

  • Khar00f

    Doesn't work on NA Note2

  • Alex James Simon

    If you want a completely playable turn-based premium game, check out "rebirth of fortune 2" no story line to slow down gameplay and 1000+ stages.

  • Plushie

    Looks good, graphically.
    Not sure about the gameplay, I could try later (much later).

    And people, avoid pirating the game, whatever the excuse is. Give the dev time to fix things up. It's not like the world will end if you wait a week or two :)

  • jani jokela

    tablet only

  • Justin Curtright

    Not compatible with Nexus 5? Fail, shit app.

  • Damak9

    It appears that this is a soft launch. Check the incompatibility reason says "cannot be installed in your device's country" on all my phones.

  • dexgen

    Is anyone else having trouble playing the game? It won't even get past the starting splash screen for me. Constantly disconnected from the server.