Players who strike out on their own will not win.
This mandatory reliance on teamwork adds an additional element of challenge to the battles Additionally, though the objective of every battle is the same, variations in team composition and strategy make every bout different.
Online 2D Console Gaming at its Finest
Ronimo emphasizes that AwesomeNauts is the first 2D MOBA game for consoles, but this is overshadowed by the ingenious online matching system. If you've played other multiplayer games online, you are probably familiar with the frustrating wait times in the game lobby as the servers look for more players. In AwesomeNauts, there is no waiting. If there aren't six players ready, the game adds AI-controlled bots until more players are found.
This intuitive system also handles quitters well. If a player loses connection or quits early, a bot is added until another player is found. This way, there are always three players per team.
Because the experience is so seamless, it would be nice to see other games start implementing the same features.
Enhanced Engagement with a Multi-Leveled Gaming Experience
AwesomeNauts is more than just a battle. Of course the battle is central to the game, but it is just one aspect of the excitement. From each battle, players accumulate experience which unlocks new characters, abilities, and levels. Then, AwesomeNauts also has trophies/achievements, just like all other PlayStation and Xbox 360 games.
While each of these aspects is entertaining in its own right, the overall quality of AwesomeNauts is magnified by the relationship among these aspects and increases the potential fan base. By creating a gaming experience that is both fun and challenging at each turn, Ronimo has produced a captivating and engaging game.
The Value Proposition
AwesomeNauts is highly entertaining, endlessly replayable, and at only $9.99 on the PSN (800 MSP for XBLA), AwesomeNauts is a great addition to any gamer's collection.
AwesomeNauts is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB for Blood and Violence. This game can also be found in the Xbox Live Arcade