Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. May 4, 2012
    One of the first great party games of the year, and it may well end up becoming the best. Get some friends together, try out the 30-minute online demo if you're unconvinced, and you'll have a blast whether the term MOBA frightens you or not.
  2. May 1, 2012
    Awesomenauts does more than simply adapt a successful formula, it does so with humor and panache. It has taken a genre typically dripping with grim fantasy and turned it playfully on its ear. Even without the delightful presentation, the simple fact that developer Ronimo Games has effectively fused a MOBA with the trappings of a 2D action title is laudable on its own. Give it your money, and it will give you its love. You can probably hang on to your cheese though.
  3. 90
    The brilliant thing is how carefully stage-managed this madness is... A bizarre but brilliant online brawler. [May 2012, p.98]
  4. Jun 15, 2012
    Awesomenauts manages to live up to its name by providing a fun and awesome experience to those who enjoy team-based play. The presentation, from the graphics to the sound, may be lighthearted, but the action is intense as the constant back-and-forth between teams keeps players on their toes.
  5. May 18, 2012
    If you've been curious about MOBAs, you couldn't pick a better place to start than Awesomenauts. The three-on-three battles are easier to get your head around, but there's still a ton of depth in balancing your team and each character's various power-ups and load outs. It's one of the year's early multiplayer highlights. Don't miss it.
  6. May 18, 2012
    Now we come to answer the big question, is Awesomenauts worth the 800 Microsoft Price point, and the answer is yes. Awesomenauts provides a mammoth amount of depth to its character builds, a tremendous amount of intense, fast paced, battles, a pure nostalgic theme which gives it its own unique soul, so ultimately in the end there is no real reason not to pick up this game.
  7. May 11, 2012
    All in all, Awesomenauts is a really fun game. It has a lot of potential to be a big contender in the MOBA genre. The simplicity of the game is nice for newcomers to the genre while the complexity of the loadouts and abilities can satisfy the MOBA veterans.
  8. May 19, 2012
    What Ronimo has accomplished here is impressive, mixing a MOBA with a 2D platformer and then smothering it with humor, and it shouldn't be overlooked.
  9. May 3, 2012
    At a reasonable 800 Microsoft points, Awesomenauts offers a unique and vibrant entry point to the DotA-style game on consoles. With a fun-filled sense of competition and replayability to spare, it's definitely one downloadable multiplayer game worth paying attention to.
  10. May 24, 2012
    Ronimo has once again managed to hide under a thin and attractive façade in 2D a complex and well designed strategy game. Not many will exceed the initial impact, and not everyone will get completely hooked on its mechanism, but the mission of the Awesomenauts to bring the MOBA genre on consoles is undoubtedly successful.
  11. May 22, 2012
    Awesomenauts is truly awesome and lets you play with deep characters in a fun tactical eighties environment. The game is unbalanced at times and there aren't too many characters and maps, but that shouldn't stop you from buying this game.
  12. May 22, 2012
    Sure, it carries with it some hereditary issues of the 16-bit era – lack of depth and flattened when playing without a friend – but when it works Awesomenauts is a needed break.
  13. May 14, 2012
    Some gamers might get a little frustrated when they win their first match and then go on to lose ten more in a row. But at the same time, because Awesomenauts is so inviting with its ridiculous aesthetic, it's hard to resist the temptation to play "just one more round."
  14. May 14, 2012
    While Awesomenauts is a basic game-attack and destroy-it's a great online-only brawler to share with friends.
  15. May 14, 2012
    It's terrific fun and ably demonstrates an exciting new genre for console gamers.
  16. May 14, 2012
    A well-balanced game that has far more to offer than the first hour with it might let you on to.
  17. May 13, 2012
    All in all, Awesomenauts is a very good game. Far from being too taxing, it is possibly the most refreshing arcade game for a while, especially on a console
  18. May 12, 2012
    Awesomenauts adds a nice twist to the moba genre. The two-dimensional platform action, and tactical, insight reliant and team play focused strategy mechanics go hand in hand, surprisingly enough. After Swords & Soldiers another great game by Ronimo Games.
  19. May 11, 2012
    Fun and frantic, and a great introduction to a typically unfriendly genre.
  20. May 10, 2012
    Defend your base while destroying your opponents. With six varied characters and an extensive reward system, Awesomenauts delivers tons of fun. Especially while playing with or against friends.
  21. May 10, 2012
    A fascinating first step in bringing the MOBA genre to console. Not only is it a successful proof of concept, but it's also a tremendously fun and addictive game in its own right.
  22. May 5, 2012
    Hardcore genre fans will probably rather stick to more complex, nuanced games like LoL and SMNC, but Awesomenauts is a great alternative for everybody else. It's not as deep as other titles in the genre, but it's the perfect game to enjoy for a good weekend of gaming.
  23. May 4, 2012
    Slow at first, but incredibly rewarding over the long-term. Just make sure you play with real people, not bots.
  24. 80
    A clever spin on the MOBA genre that strips away the complications and nerdy presentation to create a fast-paced but deceptively complex action strategy game.
  25. May 1, 2012
    Ronimo has made an ingenious Trojan horse by delivering the structure and systems of a cult PC genre on consoles, wrapped in the glamour of classic console gaming. Rather than alienate the wrong audience, Awesomenauts could – and should – make plenty of converts to its cause.
  26. 80
    Awesomenauts' peculiar mix of fast-paced 2D action and ever-shifting strategy plants it in a strange niche, but it also rewards adventurous players with hours of warfare and entertaining experimentation. [June 2012, p.74]
  27. May 19, 2012
    Awesomenauts is an interesting diversion from the main route that the Massive Online Battle Arena genre followed. An immediate but profound gameplay, with good graphics and music too. Some problems with the matchmaking and the absence of a different mode than the primary, are the only reasons why the game can't get any more than this.
  28. May 4, 2012
    Ronimo Games offers us a unique MOBA game with adorable cartoon characters and great level design, but flawed with a couple of shortcomings.
  29. May 3, 2012
    Awesomenauts is a good multiplayer battle game in a 2D world. Feels similar like DOTA, this Ronimo Game has a good mix of genres: strategy, platformer and action. Simple but effective.
  30. Games Master UK
    May 27, 2012
    It's unforgiving to noobs. [July 2012, p.83]
  31. May 7, 2012
    This is not a game for quick matches, but long sessions of play, but its gameplay is solid and can engage you until you reach Level 45. It adapts PC classics like DOTA or League or Legends to console, with simple controls and beautiful graphics.
  32. Jun 1, 2012
    Awesomenauts isn't really a bad game. It's well built, holds promise for additional content and serves as a good primer to the MOBA genre. Unfortunately, the lack of players kills the product.
  33. May 31, 2012
    It certainly gives a great deal in the first few hours. Though it's repetitive, the mechanics are solid and the concept itself works fantastically.
  34. May 26, 2012
    AwesomeNauts is a great multiplayer game and although it lacks a story mode, the singleplayer practice mode is still compelling - despite a the odd AI quirk.
  35. May 22, 2012
    Awesomenauts is the first MOBA side-scrolling with all the elements that characterize the competitive environment of the genre, coupled with a cartoon style with its own personality, with enough depth to become a game in which you'll want to invest your time.
  36. May 14, 2012
    If you dig DotA and want to play a streamlined version of that game on a console, Awesomenauts will deliver big time. But don't be surprised when, well, you wind up never being surprised.
  37. May 10, 2012
    A great mix of strategy and 2D platforming.
  38. May 10, 2012
    Coordination between teammates seems to be pretty important, but otherwise I felt like each match hinged on whether or not teams could get momentum early and shut buy upgrades quicker.
  39. May 1, 2012
    Awesomenauts requires patience, both to tolerate and enjoy it, especially if you're playing against high-ranked players with objectively superior characters. You get what you put into Awesomenauts, so be prepared to commit to it if you throw your chips in.
  40. May 1, 2012
    This is a deep, engaging, beautiful game, a welcome alternative to DOTA and League of Legends for the console crowd.
  41. May 8, 2012
    With its bright, cartoony visuals and easy-to-grasp concepts, Awesomenauts serves as a good introduction to the MOBA genre. While it might not have the longevity of a game like League of Legends, it's sure to provide hours of entertainment for anyone with the patience to endure some initial butt-kicking.
  42. games(TM)
    May 17, 2012
    A thoroughly engaging title that easily satisfies any superficial desires. We were left wanting more. [Issue#122, p.114]
  43. May 5, 2012
    Choose a lane, endure, upgrade, push, endure, upgrade, push, repeat. I forget, does familiarity breed contempt or content?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 7 out of 45
  1. May 6, 2012
    "Awesomenauts" is a XBLA that cost 800MS points, and doesn't have anything creative at all: it's a simple concept multiplayer online battle"Awesomenauts" is a XBLA that cost 800MS points, and doesn't have anything creative at all: it's a simple concept multiplayer online battle arena game, with colorful graphics, with a competitive 2D platform type of tower defense game, with special characters in a form of heroes (each one with different attributes) that you, or your friends command. It's a space themed game that have a presentation to like like characters of a cartoon on a TV show, with anthropomorphic features, and with the objective of destroy the enemies laser defense guns in order to advance in the stage, while attacking the enemies robots (the common enemies) and special characters, to actually reach the enemy main base and destroy it, winning the game. By destroying the enemies you receive credits that are spend in a base at the start of the stage, with upgrades to your character. It's a simple concept game, that have a dynamic gameplay, and as with all multiplayer games, have the fun in this item - the negative features are the few stages, and that have only one mode. I'm not much impressed with it, but If you're looking for a fast paced, arena multiplayer game, maybe this is your game Full Review »
  2. Jul 17, 2012
    "Awesomenauts"? Sounds like a cheesy game title. But the game? Not cheesy at all! This MOBA from Ronimo Games is truly a hidden gem. The"Awesomenauts"? Sounds like a cheesy game title. But the game? Not cheesy at all! This MOBA from Ronimo Games is truly a hidden gem. The graphics are colorful and burst out at you, which is kinda awesome! The characters are balanced, and feel like the attacks have a lot of oomph to them! By characters being balanced, I mean COMPLETELY balanced! The gameplay is fun and addictive, you will be playing it so much it will feel like a bad habit! Ronimo has only made 2 games I believe, this being my favorite and others too! Get it. It feels like a full budget game your playing, but, your not! Full Review »
  3. May 9, 2012
    Love this little 2D DOTA gem that came out of nowhere. If you loved Monday Night Combat, this is just as fun. The game is great overall, but ILove this little 2D DOTA gem that came out of nowhere. If you loved Monday Night Combat, this is just as fun. The game is great overall, but I hope there will be continuing updates that deal with some balancing issues, as well as adding new characters and levels. This is the most fun I've had playing competitive multiplayer in a while. Full Review »