Release Date: May 2nd, 2012
Developer: Ronimo Games
Publisher: Digital Entertainment Pool
Platform: [Reviewed: XBLA], PSN
Genre: 2D Sidescroller/Action
Rated: T for Teen
Price: 800 MSP, $9.99
If you go around flaunting the word “awesome” in the title of your game, some people would say that you’d better live up to it. Not very surprising in the least, Ronimo Games actually holds it together and give us a nice little bang for our buck.
Awesomenauts is a game that goes very old-school with it approach. It’s not extremely simple in design and its not overly complex either. The 2d backgrounds, characters, and effects are very well done in a crisp and clean graphic style. You would be almost reminded of Earth Worm in a way, the good old days of Genesis gaming. The visuals are very pleasing, hands down.
Gameplay is nothing short of phenomenal either. You can really tell a team-based game was stressed a lot in the mechanics of the game. In Awesomenauts, the objective is to blow past the other team’s turret defenses and take down their drill before the other team takes down yours. Teams will go at each other in a 3 on 3 brawl, with rosters varying on which characters the players have picked. It should also be added that each playable character has 3 different attack options with varying degrees of usefulness. Classes range from a few assault based classes to the supportive to the juggernaut type class . If your team plays their role just right it gets quite interesting.
While playing, we found it hard to recommend a “going commando” approach. Doing it all by yourself seems to be a vain approach in Awesomenauts. With great teamwork, a game can last anywhere from 10 minutes to just under 3 minutes depending on the strategy executed and the ability to shunt the enemy team. The gameplay is also very much compatible to Monday Night Combat. Just think of MNC on a 2D platform and that is pretty much what Awesomenauts feels like.
There are several ways to customize your experience in Awesomenauts. Before the start of the game, you can choose which character you want to be (if not already selected) and then choose which unlocks you want to make available in the match. These unlocks can range from increasing your overall health, the effectiveness of an attack, the ability to earn more points for unlocking abilities during the match, etc. How you set up before the match can ultimately prepare you toward winning the match or ultimately put you in a bind if you don’t have some unlocks to counter your enemies attack strategy. Awesomenauts gives you a nice little mix up and allows for some thought and planning on your end!
Bottom line with this game, is that its addictive and fun. Just looking at the character selection screen, there appears to be more content slated for a release some time in the future. For just $10.00 you aren’t going to break the bank on this title, and I would say that the price tag is very reasonable when you consider all that you are given. It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s “Awesome”nauts.
Overall Rating: 4/5