Wow, it has been a very long time since I’ve written one of these, so let’s see if everything still works out the same way as before. Sometimes in our lives situations or events are laid out in such a simple way without any rhyme or reason to them whatsoever. This is the case with Ronimo Games’s latest XBLA release entitled Awesomenauts, a 2D side scrolling MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) title in which the main objective is as about straightforward as humanly possible, destroy everything in sight. Does this slice of chaotic heaven have the chops to keep you entertained for hours upon hours at once without ever becoming stale? Let’s find out.
Genre: 2D MOBA Shooter
System: Xbox 360 (XBLA)
Review By: MrB4
Fun Factor: Addictive, chaotic, and a whole lot of fun. Just about every single match is as intense as ever, and keeps players on their toes at all times. Getting the jump on somebody destroying your turret before they even realize that anybody is there is extremely satisfying, and saving a friend just before they are about to face certain doom never gets old either. Teamwork is the name of the game here, and that factor alone is what keeps each and every single match more exciting than the next.
Gameplay: About as simple as it gets, but entirely understandable for a game like this. Each round begins with two teams on opposite sides of a single map, and all they have to do is to get from one end of the stage to another, and then destroy their enemies base in order to win the match. The controls are simple and easy to understand, which works out great considering that there is so much going on in the first place that performing complicated actions would honestly just be a waste of time. My only real complaint here is that things get repetitive and mundane after a few playthroughs, so anybody who gets tired of doing the same thing over and over again may want to to consider taking a break every once in awhile.
Graphics: Pretty much what you would expect from a 2D title nowadays, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Level designs look simple to the naked eye, yet have enough branching patterns that makes each one of them unique in their own right. Character animations are over the top as ever, and without a doubt resemble something similar to a Saturday morning cartoon.Frame rate was consistent throughout, and there was really no slow down during any match at all.
Sound: Pretty decent for the most part. The background music did set the mood for each matchup, and was enjoyable to listen to. Sound effects were okay, but not all that impressive for something that prides itself on nothing but explosions. To sum it all up, good, but not great.
Replayability: While there is only one mode to play, the number of extras you can unlock will keep you coming back for quite some awhile. There are different characters to acquire, a large amount of powerups to obtain for each class, leaderboards to show off high scores to others, a ranking system, a practice mode, and online play for up to 6 players. In short, finding something to do will not be very difficult at all.
Awesomenauts is the perfect excuse to let out aggression against other people in a constructive, albeit extremely fun way. Fans of blowing things up for fun should download this one as soon as possible.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Developer: Ronimo Games
Publisher: DTP Entertainment
MSRP: 800 MSP ($10.00)