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Aerena - Clash of Champions - The Turn Based Arena Combat Game
ÆRENA is a tactical, hero-centric combat game with a unique Ætherpunk setting. Command formidable Champions, employ powerful Æther Shells and challenge your brain - not your fingers - in strategic, turn-based yet fast paced combat. It's like speed chess meets LoL or DotA. With Æther!
Release Date: May 7, 2014
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Map Creation Contest - Get your layout implemented and win nice prizes!

July 28th, 2014

Map Creation Contest - Get your layout implemented and win nice prizes!
Use the easy comfortable map editor of aerenamasters.com to create and share your contest entry!
Go here for the details:
http://www.aerenamasters.com/forum/index.php?/topic/117-official-map-design-contest/

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First Community Tournament! Participate and win nice stuff!

July 21st, 2014

Punasaurus is organizing the first community tournament since the challenge feature is finally in the game now!
Check it out and participate!
http://steamcommunity.com/app/247830/discussions/0/46476691407428761/?tscn=1405956879

May the best win!

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Reviews

“A mix of MOBA ideas and tactical RPG gameplay, Aerena is a cool game that has the potential to be a hit with fans of both strategy and competitive multiplayer games.”
8/10 – Gaming Nexus

“Ærena is a uniquely accessible and thought-provoking take on multiplayer battles that could easily turn the MOBA scene on its head. And above all, it is damn fun.”
9/10 – GameZone

“Ærena's visuals are a delight to see. Menus and loading screens are filled with entertaining artwork that adds to the vast steampunk world that Cliffhanger Productions has built, especially each champion’s avatar portrait along with their backstories. [...]offering a different experience to those looking for something that stands out within the growing genre of battle arenas. Ærena: Clash of Champions is definitely worth checking out”
4.5/5 – OnRPG

About the Game

ÆRENA is a tactical, hero-centric combat game with a unique Ætherpunk setting. Command formidable Champions, employ powerful Æther Shells and challenge your brain - not your fingers - in strategic, turn-based yet fast paced combat. It's like speed chess meets LoL in an Ætherpunk arena!

Listed as one of the best strategy titles of 2014 by PC Gamer!


An ÆRENA match or mission takes about ten minutes, but offers the depth of a true strategy game. Whether you like MOBAs or classic Turn-Based Tactical games such as Advance Wars of Final Fantasy Tactics, ÆRENA combines the best of both worlds.

ÆRENA offers true cross-platform gameplay. Battle your friends and other players, or hone your combat skills in solo training -- anytime, anywhere.

Now, enter the Ærena and become the Master of Æther!

Aerena is a brilliant game and deserves your attention.
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Key Features

  • Build you team, ready your shells in a tactical game unlike any you have played before.
  • Use YOUR tactics and strategy in challenging battles to lead your team of Champions to victory!
  • Compete live against your friends and other players, or perfect your combat skills in solo training!
  • Pilot your ship from arena to arena and leverage its special abilities to support your team!
  • Turn the tide of battle with game-changing Æther Effects!
  • Build a winning strategy from dozens of Champions, Æther Shells and ships!
  • Once you’re battle-tested, enter the “League of Champions” and compete against the world’s best players for the ultimate prize!
  • Monthly updates add new champions, ships and arenas.

The game has a fair-to-play business model, meaning everything can be acquired with in-game money. We don't support pay to win!

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 +
    • Processor: 1.7+ GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
55 of 69 people (80%) found this review helpful
455 products in account
5 reviews
14.0 hrs on record
I used to think early access game were just not great at all, my expections for them were always low since i expected them to be full of bugs or hardly playable since its still getting developed.

Aerena proved me wrong. And I have loved what i have seen so far.

It's easy to learn and quickly enjoyable. Get familair with the Characters and shells. Give the bots a try to learn the characters and over time u can develop your own strategies based off experience (like chess or snakes and ladders) and off you go.

You can play in the league in which there are rank tiers, yet it doesnt bind you to only play against your own tier. Play against someone in a higher tier and gain even more points, or if you lose, lose less points. Giving you the positibility to call yourself the master of aether.

Finding a match is rather easy and quick, just one simple click away select your champions, shells and you are ready to battle.

Both sides will start with 15hp and who ever teared their enemys ship first will win! Lowering down the ships HP can be done by either attacking the ship directly, getting a little help from a shell or killing your enemys champions.

Each champion has their own abilities to attack your enemy or their ship, but those i will leave for you to discoved and pick whats best for you ;)
Posted: February 2nd, 2014
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
784 products in account
8 reviews
67.0 hrs on record
Ærena: Clash of Champions isn't your standard turn-based tactical game. Ærena places you directly into the battle for Æther--there's no slow start--things go BANG and BOOM right from the beginning!

If you can, imagine a system similar to League of Legends, where you earn points and use those points to purchase new champions. This is the system employed by Ærena and it does a good job of keeping players engaged.

Not only is the in-game currency/point system similar to League of Legends, but the champions have a similar feel, which is awesome because in most turn-based tactical games you don't command CHAMPIONS but rather generic units. In Ærena, the champions have beautiful, vibrant rendering and their abilities are dynamic unlike the generic abilities units have in most turn-based tactical games.

Ærena is a 100% PvP game, which I love! You can practice with the AI but that gets old, its human competition that drives this game! Similar to other ELO/RP based PvP games, you can rank up from Bronze to Æther Master. The average match takes about 10-15 minutes so this game will not consume your life unless you choose.

Since I purchased this game (Alpha) I've seen numerous updates. The devs are constantly adding new content and they stay in close contact with the player-base. Recently, players voted on a Top-10 list of 'Wanted Features.' The devs are now working diligently to apply as many of the requested features as possible.

Recently a new patch was released. As with most games, a new patch usually means a couple small problems, from which this game is not immune. However, the devs worked hard and fast to eliminate those problems so the community could once again enjoy the game. In fact, my account glitched out after the last patch and one of the devs personally responded to my request for help. He logged into the game and fixed my problem! Talk about service--this is a FTP game!

I'm not sure what more I can say to entice you to play other than, "If you don't try Ærena: Clash of Champions, you're missing a diamond in the rough" (although this game is beautifully polished).

Come find me in the Ærena. I'm on my way to Æther Master. I'll see you there!
Posted: June 26th, 2014
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
564 products in account
8 reviews
31.6 hrs on record
Backlog Clearing #5

I've been a huge fan of turn-based games, AO (Atlantica Online) being one of the most awesome turn-based game ever and was really looking forward to trying this game out few months ago.

However when I played it for abit, I could not understand the gameplay well, things seems cluttered and I was lost (also lazy to learn :tank:). Gave up pretty quickly as the game wasn't able to catch my interest.

------However.. I tried it again recently :)

WOW!! I'm really impressed with the new patch. It really dumb-things down so that I understand it without the need to study in-depth. The simple yet interactive tutorial/quest taught me how to play almost immediately. I will definitely be playing more of this game and would buy more copies when its bundled again to give to more peeps :)

Pros: Easy to get into, fun strategic turn-based combat system. Incredible Devs and Support which responds quickly to feedback and other suggestions.

Cons: Need to purchase everything to unlock now!

8/10
Posted: April 13th, 2014
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42 of 64 people (66%) found this review helpful
422 products in account
7 reviews
920.2 hrs on record
not sure yet, need to play some more .. also I´m as biased as one can be ;)
Posted: May 7th, 2014
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
51 products in account
6 reviews
184.6 hrs on record
I have played this game since Beta Season.

I'm a fan of turn based strategy games and have played a lot of these games for years. I can see that this is a great game.

The mechanics is very well thought. There are some minor balance issue but it is addressed with every patch. The dev is very active in the forums and listen to user suggestions.

This game will be Free to Play with in-game purchase (still paid games at the times of writing) but I'm sure new players can compete with veteran without having to shell out any money. You will get three rotating champions and some money to buy a new hero as you start which is good enough to take on any players. The default ship is arguably the most flexible ship in the game, good in any arena.
Posted: May 7th, 2014
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145 of 163 people (89%) found this review helpful
227 products in account
1 review
317.5 hrs on record
Already racked up 100 hours play time on what is going to be a real gem of a game. Really simple and easy to get into, just fire it up, press a few buttons, and you're in a queue for a match. Ideal for when you have 10-15 minutes to spare and want to just do something quick, however it's also pretty good for long gaming stints as well, as the variety of heroes and tactics means that no two games are ever the same. Since you're playing other people, you're going to have to try to outmaneuver and outwit a human mind, while they are doing the same to you.

The game itself is played out on 6x6 square grid, and its all about trying to move your players around the board, turn by turn, using their various attacks to try to kill your opponents heroes or his ship directly. Once you lose 15HP it's game over. So, do you rush the ship and try for the quick win? Do you play defensive, and try to pick off their heroes 1 by 1, do you go with a ranged setup, turtle in and shoot his ship from afar while you repel his attacks? Each game requires different tactics because each opponent is different, each champion is different, and each opponent uses each champion differently. The champions have all the bases covered - Long range but weak attack sharpshooters, High attack but low health glass cannons, Strong but slow moving tank units, units that can push you back, units that can pull you forward, units that can attack without line of sight. The longer your champions remain on the board, the faster their attack bars charge up, and you can gradually perform more and more powerful moves... There are also shells included which are like 1 use charges, you build up charge by damaging the enemy ship, moving your hero onto a charge square on the board, or by taking damage to your ship - shells can be used by consuming these charges, and can be used to heal your heroes, to directly attack the enemies heroes or ships, to charge your heroes bar, to move heroes around the board and switch places with them, and many more options. Problem is, you only get 3 shells, so you need to choose wisely which 3 suit your playstyle and tactics best.

The game is still early Alpha stage, but already there feels like a solid foundation of players there. The devs are really active and approachable, and even spend time in game which is refreshing! Definately one for the future but if you can afford to, dive right in and pre-purchase to help the devs out a bit.

Easily an 8/10 this game, and I can see that improving as it develops. Very good fun, and potentially (depending on whom you play) very challenging... Easy to learn, but hard to master.

(Note this is a mostly Deathmatch 1 v 1 multiplayer game. There is a single player AI mode for practising, but it's mostly geared around playing against other people. Currently there is no chat or VOIP in matches, and just a normal chat window in the lobby - Not necessarily a bad thing, but just be aware it is not a single player game atm, and all the features normally associated with a multiplayer game aren't in yet... Though not having to put up with someone calling you a noob because they just killed your champion isn't a bad thing!)
Posted: December 19th, 2013
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Awards

"I have barely touched LoL since playing Aerena"
Jamie King, Co-Founder Rockstar Games

Listed as Top Strategy Game 2014 by PC Gamer!