FPS arena games like your Quakes or your Unreals are great and all, but I have a problem with them: they're in 3D! My mind can't wrap around the complexities or the third dimension! I'm such a feeble being, and for that, I apologize.
What does that have to do with Ronimo Games' Awesomenauts? Because Awesomenauts is solves my aversion to depth by recreating those same high-tension death matches in 2D. When the game comes to XBLA and PSN in May, you may want to step into the 2D-ness as well.
At its core, Awesomenauts is the same arena shooter that you remember, but there's also a party mentality that you'd get out of something like Worms. You've got your red and blue teams, and you've got to destroy the enemy base, all while bright colors and bullets and weird green globs of whatever fly in every which direction. It's crazy madness!
All matches are 3-on-3, regardless of the number of human players -- the rest of the team is controlled by AI. You select from a variety of characters with different attributes. For instance, there's a cowboy gunman with a space blaster who chucks dynamite and summons a blue, ethereal bull, and there's a jetpack monkey who drops mines and fires a persistent laser that can ricochet off walls.
Before a match begins, you select which items and upgrades you'd like to be available in your home base's store. Once your selections have been made, you are launched out of a UFO in an escape pod, and you must navigate down to the surface of the planet while collection cash along the fall. Every time you die, you will respawn at this UFO for another pod descent.
Once you land, shit gets real. You must take down the enemies' gun turrets that block the path to their base's core, which must be destroyed to win the match. You can generate helper robots from designated stations to help distract the turrets, and you can kill little critters scattered throughout to regain health or collect money. When the blue team, red team, critters, helper bots, and turrets all assemble in the middle of the screen, it's just survival of the fittest. Pretty frickin' incredible.
Awesomenauts is a multiplayer game through and through -- there is no single-player campaign, unfortunately, unless you count playing solo with nothing but AI teammates and opponents. But if you've got a bunch a friends looking to blow the bejeesus out of one another, here you go!
|2:00 PM on 05.25.2013|
New Awesomenaut Ayla voiced by Ashly Burch
The insane 2D MOBA Awesomenauts has been trucking along for a full year, continuously being updated with new characters, maps, and other goodies -- on Windows and Mac, of course. Developer Ronimo Games is not through with th...more
|11:00 PM on 05.06.2013|
Awesomenauts sure has come a long way in its first year
This past week, Awesomenauts turned one. Looking back, Ronimo has done a tremendous job with continuing to support the title on Windows and Mac. (I feel terrible for folks who only have access to it on consoles.) Despite not...more
|10:30 PM on 03.13.2013|
Yes, please: Awesomenauts is getting another map
As much as I genuinely like playing as the post-release characters in Awesomenauts, what I've been waiting for more than anything is another map. That day isn't here quite yet, but it is happening. Ronimo Games is adding a ma...more
|5:30 PM on 01.24.2013|
Awesomenauts gets an official Creeper skin
As part of patch 1.13 for Awesomenauts, the 2D MOBA has a new skin for Clunk that models him after The Creeper from Minecraft. It's a great fit for the explosive character, and better yet, it won't cost you any money to acces...more
|8:00 PM on 12.12.2012|
Vinnie and Spike bring Awesomenauts up to one dozen
The folks at Ronimo Games just keep going. I would have been perfectly satisfied with the amount of post-release characters added to Awesomenauts a couple of updates ago (sorry, console versions), but the eclectic cast grows...more
|10:00 PM on 11.15.2012|
Free weekend of Awesomenauts on Steam
This weekend, one of my favorite games of 2012 is going to be enjoying a free weekend on Steam. Starting tomorrow and through Sunday, everyone will be able to play Awesomenauts for free! And if you like what you play and...more
|6:30 PM on 11.01.2012|
New character Raelynn joins Awesomenauts
Ronimo Games isn't letting up one bit in support of their 2D platforming MOBA, Awesomenauts, releasing update 1.8 today on Steam. This update brings with it yet another new character, Raelynn, who carries a sniper rifle for ...more
|6:00 PM on 09.27.2012|
New character Skølldir coming to Awesomenauts roster
I can't believe how frequently Ronimo Games has been adding content to the PC version of their 2D platforming MOBA, Awesomenauts, but I'm pretty happy about it. Today they've announced the impending arrival of yet another pl...more
|10:00 PM on 09.20.2012|
Awesomenauts can now get new character skins on Steam
If you happened to notice Awesomenauts updating on Steam but didn't bother to check what that was all about, here's your answer: character skins. While the designs are pretty good overall, I have a special place in my heart ...more
|7:00 PM on 08.22.2012|
New character Gnaw now playable in Awesomenauts on PC
Another free character, Gnaw, was added to Awesomenauts, and I'm becoming increasingly glad that I opted to double dip with the Steam release. While it seems entirely likely that he'll eventually end up on Xbox Live Arcade, t...more
|7:30 PM on 05.23.2013|
Fight for free this weekend in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
This weekend until 2:00PM Eastern on Sunday you can play an awesome first-person medieval battle game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare for free. Head on over to the Steam page to download it and start playing. If you deci...more
|11:00 PM on 05.21.2013|
Put on your ninja shoes, N v2.0 is playable now
By now, we've seen the big reveals of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, and I can safely declare a winner: PC. Why? Because just a few days ago, Metanet Software released a huge update to its diabolical ninja platformer N,...more
|7:30 PM on 05.20.2013|
Penny Arcade's Rain-Slick 3 is free on Steam today
The final installment of Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness quadrilogy is set to release on June 9. To celebrate the completion of the series that seemed doomed when Hothead dropped it in 2008 af...more