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  • Summary: The game features the most awesome mercenaries in the galaxy in their fight for territorial supremacy. Awesomenauts brings Russian monkeys with jetpacks, giant robots, and lots of other mighty aliens to the two-dimensional console battlefield. Combining classic platforming-action with modern online multiplayer functionality, the action-packed gameplay offers everything the 16-bit generation and modern gamers love. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 4, 2012
    Overall I think Awesomenauts is a really solid, fun take on a genre that hasn't seen much face time on consoles. I really hope that despite the issues with the publisher Ronimo has a chance to support the game with future DLC, because it's a title that could easily be built off of for months to come. It's a game that definitely warrants the awesome part of its title, and even if you've never jumped into MOBA games before, Awesomenauts makes a pretty good place to start.
  2. May 9, 2012
    The perspective might be unsual, but in the 2D-arenas you'll witness intense online battles. Balancing is okay, controls are easy to pick up and the cartoon style is easy on the eyes.
  3. Don't expect complicated controls or a deep, engrossing storyline, but 2D arenas that look like they have been puked on by someone who ate too many Smarties, a boatload of upgradeable weapons and two teams of three mercenaries trying to destroy each other's base. [May 2012, p.88]
  4. May 1, 2012
    Awesomenauts loves how silly it is, but it takes its strategy seriously. This is a deeply tactical game, but it needs to be played a certain way.
  5. It's a hell of a slog to win a match and characters are fairly underpowered at the start. It is tactically deep and responsive, but make sure you have mates to play with. [May 2012, p80]
  6. Jun 6, 2012
    A colourful, humorous cross between 2D platformers and MOBA games. In single player mode it can get boring pretty fast but is addictive in multiplayer. [July 2012, p.72]
  7. May 14, 2012
    The simplistic combat paired with strategic gameplay offers a fantastic experience for those gamers who are either new to strategy games or just wish to play a quick game with a few of their friends. Even though frustrating at times, Awesomenauts is a great addition to the PSN's strategic game line-up - as long as you keep the moronic NPCs off your team.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. May 9, 2012
    There's no doubt about it; Awesomenauts is truly awesome. As a true MOBA noob, I had different expectations of the playing style, but after a couple of minutes in the game, I loved everything about it. Everything is just right: the setting, the beautiful 2D graphics, the amount of detail, the way characters are perfectly thought out, the music and the best part the epic theme song. Give this game a try if you're not convinced, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  2. May 2, 2012
    Extremely fun to play and addictive!! the more you play the better your char will be... only downside is you might get set up with high level ppl and that spells for GG... extremely recommended and that comes from a season vet LoL player Expand
  3. Jul 12, 2012
    Fun, addictive, and very enjoyable game. Endless combinations of the items available for the 6 awesomenauts. Figuring out which items go together and that will help you dominate on the battlefield is just part of the fun in Awesomenauts. The game is a 3 vs 3 online game that has 3 different maps for you to explore and to find secret was to elude your enemies and destroy their base. Each character is unique it its own way one can go from a healer to a very destructive giant robot. You will want to keep playing this game to unlock more items and to get all the way to the highest level of prestige to show that you are a true awesomenauts fan on the leaderboards. Later in the month of July, Ronimo games will be releasing a patch to help balance the game more and make the network connection is better. The Patch will also include 2 FREE DLC characters who are Coco Nebulon and Derple Zork. Coco uses speed and electricity to shock her opponents to death. From her lightning ball technique to her amazing lighting trail that will stun your opponents so you can do some serious damage. Derpl is a slug in a combat walker, I know it sounds weird but he's awesome, and he shoots out deadly explosive holographic cats and will trap your enemies in explosive grid traps and can transform into his even deadlier siege mode where his grip traps turn into a homing nuke and his cats turn into gatling fire. These 2 characters will make the game fresh and will make you want to play for hours on end. These are the reasons i recommend that you should buy this game right away and I guarantee this game will last quite some time. Also, help support Ronimo Games because they are giving us free dlc and the game is only worth $10, so please but Awesomenauts to support Ronimo. Expand
  4. May 7, 2012
    This game is crazy addictive!
    If you like solid, balanced online shooter fun then this game is for you. Don't be fooled by the cartoon
    graphics though; they hide a surprisingly tactical game. If you just rush in and expect to kill people in your first game, you're going to have a bad time. Once you've perfected your style though, this game turns into one of the most fun games on the PSN. I recommend it. Expand
  5. May 20, 2012
    If you have any friends willing to give this a try, take them up on the offer. Even though this game is definitely not perfect (some abilities could use some cool-down tweaks), and it may not be as pretty or in depth as other games, but when enjoyed with friends it delivers something that few other games can offer: short bursts of pure fun. Expand
  6. Apr 6, 2014
    Awesomenauts is a great new take on the MOBA genre, and is the perfect game for genre newcomers. The simplistic gameplay and controls allow any sort of gamer to hop in, with absolutely no MOBA experience, and both do well and have fun. However, this is also it's biggest downfall; the game's strategy and gameplay is too simplistic for those who have played League of Legends or DOTA. In short, this game is for MOBA newbies, not experienced players.
    Pros: - Controls (The controls are extremely simple; you have 3 action buttons which are your standard attack, and 2 special attacks. You have a jump button, and a teleport command which sends you directly to your teams base. This makes the game easy to learn)
    - Gameplay (Because the game is simple, and the controls are basic, the gameplay flows naturally but quickly. Games usually take about 20 minutes to complete, but can be done in 5 if your team works together well. The objective of the game is simple; destroy the enemies turrets to get to their base, then destroy that, all while defending your own)
    - Characters (The characters in awesome are varied and suited to different playstyles, all while being well-balanced. Each character provides a whole new experience. I recommend Lonestar or Clunk for newcomers)
    - Level design (The levels are extremely well designed for a 2D MOBA game. They're small, but give enough space to plan attacks and defend. They make the game very hectic, but not in a bad way)
    - Music (The music, especially the characters theme songs, are very well designed, and are pleasant to listen to while you rack up killstreaks)
    - Pick up and Play (Due to the short length of rounds, this game is perfect for when you have 30 minutes before needing to do something. Don't worry, though, the game can played for hours at a time and not become boring)
    Cons: - Overly simplistic for MOBA veterans (Those who play LoL or DOTA will find this game to be too simple, and won't think of it as a completed game)
    Overall, the game is extremely well designed for a 2D take on the popular MOBA genre. The gameplay and controls are simple, allowing newbies to do well quickly. The level design is near perfect, blending both hectic and strategic moments. The characters are well designed and balanced, covering all playstyles. The music is fun, and is almost epic when you get your characters theme song after getting a killstreak of 3. However, as I've mentioned, the game is for MOBA newcomers, and no one else. I recommend playing this game until you're confident in your strategy for MOBA's, then move on to games such as LoL, DOTA 2, or SMITE.
  7. Oct 15, 2012
    I really don't understand this game. Not only does it have the worst visual art style but gameplay is absolutely attrocious. A platformer where you shoot stuff but with more flash and other pointless stuff. If you think this game is any good you really need help. Either play a real game or if you just want an arcade platformer then even Mario 64 will do a better job. Awesomenauts is anything but awesome. Collapse

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