Conflict spans the stars as huge robot armies are locked in an enduring battle. Head out to the battlefields with your friends in this 3-on-3 action platformer.
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Release Date: Aug 1, 2012

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"A side-scrolling 3v3 DOTA-style game with an emphasis on manual aim and platforming. Very creative characters, one of which I badly voice-act."
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May 15

Coming in Patch 2.10: Voltar rework!

In patch 2.10 Voltar is getting a mechanics makeover! Fabulous!!!



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May 12

Coming in Patch 2.10: Sorona Rework

In the upcoming Awesomenauts Steam patch 2.10 Sorona will get a rework! There will be some new pathways to make gameplay more open and unpredictable and the distance between the forward turrets will be shortened to make sure that droids will reach them more often, making it a bit harder to stop pushes.



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Awesomenauts 2.9: The Omicron Breach is now available. This update added the Starstorm-exclusive character Nibbs to the roster, and made Custom Games available to all users. For full patch notes, head over to: http://steamcommunity.com/games/204300/announcements/detail/222138638575982577

About This Game

The year is 3587. Conflict spans the stars as huge robot armies are locked in an enduring stalemate. In their bid for galactic supremacy, they call upon the most powerful group of mercenaries in the universe: the Awesomenauts!

Awesomenauts is a MOBA fitted into the form of an accessible 3-on-3 action platformer. Head out to the online battlefields together with your friends as an online party or in local splitscreen, and never worry about having to wait for an online match because of drop-in matchmaking!

Devise strategies as you upgrade and customize each character's skills to suit your playing style. Expect new items, features, DLC and Awesomenauts to be added regularly!


  • Saturday morning is back – 3 on 3 online platforming shooter action with a bright 80's cartoon style
  • It’s a MOBA! – classes, upgrades, creeps, turrets, bases and tactical depth are all present. Awesomenauts adds fast paced platforming gameplay to create a truly unique and accessible MOBA experience
  • The Awesomenauts – take control of an extensive cast of highly customizable Awesomenauts, each with their own attacks and skills.
  • Team Deathmatch! - Tired of the Classic Awesomenauts matches? Take on your friends in Team Deathmatch or spice things up with many custom game options for the traditional Awesomenauts gamemode.
  • Splitscreen action – Online and offline play with up to 3 players in local splitscreen!
  • Regular updates - Regular additions of new Awesomenauts, balance updates, DLC and more.
  • Don't criticize it, customize it! – hundreds of unique items to beef up your abilities and customize your Awesomenaut to suit your personal playing style!
  • Push it to the limit – Face melting battles across multiple exotic planets and alien spaceships!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Any processor with 2 Cores
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or Nvidia Videocard with at least 256MB, or Intel GMA 950 or newer
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GD HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Any processor with 2 Cores
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or Nvidia Videocard with at least 512MB
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GD HD space
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GD HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X version Lion 10.7 or later.
    • Processor: Any Processor with 2 Cores
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVIDIA Videocard with at least 256MB or higher.
    • Hard Drive: 1.5 GD HD space
    • Other: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Any processor with 2 Cores
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GD HD space
    • Video Card: ATI or Nvidia Videocard with at least 256MB, or Intel GMA 950 or newer
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Any processor with 2 Cores
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GD HD space
    • Video Card: ATI or Nvidia Videocard with at least 512MB
    • Other: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
479 of 628 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,106.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I played it a bit.


It's ok.
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69 of 88 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,159.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
You hate it. It's bad, poorly balanced, and has toxic community. It's like a mom who beats you in the head with frying pan and yelling bad words at you... but hey! It's still your mom. Deeply in your heart you still love her.
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108 of 151 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1,097.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Disclaimer:
Please don't feel offended by my review. We all have different opinions and there's no reason to fight over it. If you don't agree with me, that's fine. I'm not trying to convince you to change the way you feel about the game. This is just my opinion.

Review:

With close to 1300 hours played over two accounts I used to love this game. A simplistic side scrolling MOBA that's very easy to get into, what's not to like? A lot of time was spent in the game, I made friends and we had lots of fun. Unfortunately, as time passed the flaws of the game were revealed.

This game actually favors people with poor internet connections and if you don't have a bad internet connection you might as well simulate one to gain unfair advantage over your opponents. How is this possible? Due to Ronimo being a small company they can't really supply dedicated servers so they designed the game for p2p networking. You have the option to queue in different regions, same or nearby would be recommended. It doesn't matter though, if someone feels the need to queue worldwide (maybe because lack of players) they can join you no matter what your settings are. It gets frustrating real fast playing an opponent with over 300 ms of latency. They can actually pick a naut that favours their ping to get the upper hand because it gets impossible to dodge certain skills because you can't anticipate where a projectile might be on their screen and before you know it you've been hit. If someone choose to queue worldwide you'd think it'd be more of a challenge for them because of latency but it's really the other way around.

And if they don't have high latency they might have packet loss and that can actually trigger effects on abilities multiple times. There's a naut that has the ability to pull other nauts to him using his tongue, if the player has packet loss he can actually tongue you multiple times and this is very frustrating. His client registers that he hit his ability but the packet was lost and had to be sent again and maybe a few more times.

The design wouldn't be so awful if both players had a say in the matter and dedicated servers would make it even better and actually favor players playing on the right side of the globe.

Networking issues aside, the matchmaking could also use some work. Solo queuing is ok but can be a terrible experience since players can just leave the game without any ramifications. If the player hosting the game crashes and the host migration fails everyone gets a loss. Some maps end in single lanes which makes a choke point and favors nauts that can turtle and just delay the game for as long as possible.

I quit playing this game because it was actually making me rage. It's a lot of fun to play when the stars align, but whenever people lag (be it due to connectivity issues or if it's intentional) it ruins the experience completely.
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95 of 141 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
970.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
With +900 hours ingame and most of the DLC's,im gonna say something I've never expected to say:
This game?
I do not recommend it.
why? well,wait,Im gonna say the positive things about this game,first the good then the bad,right?
+awesome characters
+amazing music
+great maps
+great effects
+great art

Now,the reasons of why I dont recommend to buy this game (at least for its full price):
-Matchmaking,its broken
-lack of servers,connection P2P (if steam dies,like every tuesday,every current game dies,and it counts like if you quitted a game)
-Drop In system is broken,why? well,Drop In system is a bad idea already,but this game makes you join matches where there's a full premade,and no one in your team,well,its an 1vs3,needless to say that the premade already had advantage and started to destroy every turret
-Said system can make you join LOST matches,where the enemy team is already destroying your core (They said its fixed,well let me tell you ITS NOT,I've joined a TON of matches after hte patch that "fixed it" and there were many where I lost as soon as I joined the match)
-Did I mentioned the "Region" system? oh wait,I didnt...lets see,since the game lacks servers,the conection between players of a neighbour country can go from 80ms to 400ms,wich in regular servers in other games,playing with the same players only gives you a 10ms ping
Also literally anyone from any country can join YOUR game,that means you can be playing an almost lagless match but then a chinese or a colombian enteres you match,with their 400ms ping RUINING EVERYTHING
The game says to have a ping-kick limit,but in my own experience you have to have +550ms to get your kicked by lag,and let me tell you,a 250ms ping is already,ALREADY,unplayable. (People with lag can move freely,killing you while you are behind your turret,because in their screen,you werent behind the turret)
-The devs complains that there isnt enough playerbase to fix the matchmaking things
however the playerbase is becomen smaller and smaller with every day that passes
and the devs denies to make the game f2p,or at least free for a few weeks (just like they did in 2012)

So basically the game is having a really low playerbase,which doesnt allow the devs to fix the matchmaking problems
and want to know why the playerbase is becoming smaller? Matchmaking system.

Now,I had many,tons of hours of fun,I meet a lot of new friends,I also make fan art for this game,like I said,the "not so functional things" are amazing and that's what attract me the most to this game,but the functional thing that makes it a MOBA is so broken,that I dont recommend to buy it.

Its up to you,but if you still want to get the game,go get it somewhere cheaper for steam,9,99$ isnt worth AT ALL.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Awesomenauts is based on the premise of casual competition. It is designed to be fun. An interesting result of that is the lack of a real consequence when somebody quits your team. He is replaced by a bot that is often more competent than himself and continues to play in his stead. Another player can join mid-game to replace the bot at any time.

Awesomenauts also has a great community (official forum, not Steam). It has a thriving fanart community, a modding one, a tactics one, etc.

This game really opens itself up to modders. It allows creators to modify in-game bots and make their own using an AI editor. Modders can also create gamemodes using this tool. If Ronimo likes a bot, it can find its way into the official game.

Overall, I highly recommend Awesomenauts. It has a thriving community that you should not miss out on. The gameplay is very fun, if less competitive than its other MOBA counterparts. All that is lacking is you.
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31 of 43 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
462.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Awesomenauts is a 2D platformer/side-scroller MOBA that pits players against each other in 3v3 arenas. It uses a very rich and creative formula that supports a distinctive MOBA experience.

The basics of the game are very simple, every character class has two abilities, each assigned to a button of your choice, aside from the basic attack. Your objective, like in most games of this genre, is to destroy the enemy base, and to reach that base you need to get past turrets, which requires creep management and strategy. Killing other players and creeps awards you with Solar, the currency needed to purchase upgrades for your abilities. The gameplay is, therefore, very easy to learn and incredibly hard to master (which keeps things interesting).

The similarities with other MOBAs end there. Character classes differ vastly from each other, not only in the abilities they possess, but also in their complex movement traits (some are fast, some are slow, some can jump high, some can hover in the air, others can fly). There is an enourmous variety as each ability's effects and the possible upgrades for each, which can lead to a lot of different possible strategies for a single class.

Map design is clever. Currently there are not a lot of them, but clearly each and every map available was well thought of to allow for resourceful use of its elements both offensively and defensively. The map selected for a match can have a very high influence in its outcome, as you may excel in a certain map with a certain class and play poorly in another.

The basic game options available are four: The quick match, which randomly selects players based on their League, the Practice mode, that allows you to practice with and against bots, Battle, which allows you invite friends to be your teammates, and Custom Game, which is available only for Starstorm DLC owners, and allows players to create a completely custom match, defining settings like starting solar, creep spawn rate, maximum number of bots allowed, and several other modifiers. Custom Games have two different game modes, aside from the classic mode (destroy the base): Team Deathmatch, which takes the bases away and the ultimate objective of the match itself is scoring kills, and Randomnauts, which is exactly like the classic mode, but each time a player spawns it gets a random awesomenaut with a random build (upgrades are randomly and automatically purchased as Solar is acquired).

The audio in this game is superb. Every map has a background music that is slightly different depending on the class you're playing and every character has a theme song, a killstreak song, and a lot of fine voice acting lines. The SFX is also very, very well done. There is a handful of custom announcers available for purchase, as well.

Cosmetically, this game features a lot of character skins (premium ones come with custom voice acting) which helps add visual variability to the experience, the only downside being the price (but if you like the game it is a nice way to support the developers!)

The downsides of this game, and veteran players will mostly agree with me, are the matchmaking, and the connection layer in general. The players are paired according to their League, which increases or decreases as you win or lose matches in a given season. That is already a problem, because your season's league ranking doesn't necessarily reflect your skills. Seasons are short and once one is over, you can often get skilled players mixed with beginners, for example. The matchmaking has a doubtful way of choosing the player who will host the match, what will many times result in undesirable lag (which can and will affect the match outcome). At times you may even experience a network-related crash or disconnection (sometimes when the host quits the match).

My general impression is that this game is a must-play, even if you do not like the genre. It is almost guaranteed that you will like it, and even if you don't like, it is certainly worth the try.
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
772.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
One of the most, if not the most casual-friendly Dota-style game on Steam. Play a character, manually aim a shot and help your creeps (droids) travel to the tower (turret), and then destroy the ancient (core) while trying not to die from other players. Similar ideas to Dota/LoL, but great if you're not a fan of the penalty system of more serious games.

Would recommend because the updates have helped improve the game IMMENSELY, and there's always something you can learn from the game. As of 2.8, you can bypass the matchmaking problem with the chat rooms in the main menu.

The big negatives can be matchmaking, so beware of playing solo. I do it often, but may end up finding random teammates in the chat from now on. Lag can be an issue due to the playerbase, but these issues are from not having millions of people looking for matches at the same time.

If you want a more relaxed approach to Dota-style games, or prefer cartoony, unrealistic action multiplayer games, then I would give a strong recomendation!
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
93.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
I just really wish there would be an option for a "Mixed" review. This one would surely be one of them.
But since this is one of my most favourite games, I rather not hit the "Not recommended" cause that would make me feel bad. Let's say my review is a kind of warning for future players, as I will talk more about the disadvantages rather than the advantages.

This game, as the title already says is really, really Awesome, it has tons of potentials, in my eyes it beats Dota2 and even League of Legends (and I like the latter) just to mention the two most popular MOBAs which are kinda similar to Awesomenauts.

So the task is, you are in a 3v3 match, you with your two teammates have to defend your base on a battle arena which is also protected by 3 or 4 turrets, that's depending on the map. Both teams have 3-3 (or 4-4) turrets. There are various champions, characters, whichever you call them to choose from, and each and one of them has different, unique abilities. From the medic to the assassin, supports, tanks, you can find different classes, and even these little "types" have different selections. The background story is simple yet still enough for this game, the characters all have their own background stories and the design (even the most of the skins) are also amazing. So, everything is set up for a perfect game, what's wrong then?

Pretty much everything else. Sadly.

1 . Let's start with the matchmaking. Catastrophy. Horrific. A complete disaster. The game has no dedicated servers, so you pretty much have to wait until the matchmaking finds players from your region (and this one is preferred, or else you have to deal with laggers, and even with this set up you will probably meet them), sometimes it takes like, 5 minutes or even more. And when you are finally in a game which has not started earlier (and will be a losing match as you will get dropped into the place of angry ragequitters), you will probably have to deal with people who have higher ranks than you. And here comes the second most horrible thing;

2. The ranking system. I can't describe how it works, because I absolutely don't understand it. You can't choose to play or not play ranked matches like in LoL, you will be categorized into leagues, but the way you level up to higher leagues or get dropped back into the former seems to be really, really random. And if you get into higher leagues because out of your 20 matches you luckily won one, you have to deal with the bigger guys. And by bigger, I pretty much say guys with the highest ranks and prestige, becase those are the ones who I get mostly, even if I am in league 6, with prestige 1. I always, and no joke, always get enemies with max prestige, and league 3-4. Maybe even higher. I don't need to mention how do I end up.

3. The last, and probably the worst thing in this game is the "community", if I can call this a community. I have met a few communities before, but this game definitely has the worse, pretty similar to LoL I'd say. Your teammates calling you noob if you die once, your enemies tapping the taunt button more than M1, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s everywhere, trolls, ragequitters who leave you alone with bots, and enemies still taunting you. During this 70 hours I have met like, 1 or 2 nice random helpful players in this game, seriously. And there is no kickvote or ban system either.

4. I also want to mention how I disagree with the content what you have to pay for. Sure, a few skins to buy them, the devs need to eat something of course (no irony), but there are also characters what you can unlock only with using your debit card, pretty strong characters (I'd not call them p2w though) and instead of a few serious fixes or developing, the company seems to put all their efforts into the new skins and into some occasional bugfixes. Oh, and to nerf Voltar to be almost useless.

All in all what I can say about this game is that it is really addicting with its unique humour, gameplay and overall experience, but has so, so many backsides that it might not even be a benefit to play this game. Unless you have nerves made of ropes. I'd suggest the game for people who can be ignorant against trolls, can deal with stress easily, and like this genre.

(Also I am sorry for my grammar errors and typos, my English is not the best, and my typing is even worse.)
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
250.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Sadly I like this game. It contains everything you find in your average MOBA: awful community, laggy non dedicated servers, expensive skins to pay for. But its fun. So I guess it has that going for it...
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,211.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
aside from the toxic community, netcode, my teammates & character balance ITS OKAY
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
218.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
This game has no servers which makes it a pain to play.
The concept however is really cool and I can really enjoy playing games if my host has got an internet connection of more than 100kb/s which isn't usually the case.

IF they decide to run this game on a server someday, it will be one of the best games out there.
For now you can just play it if u enjoy raging and being shout at by players that go 0/11 in the first 5 minutes, ragequit and leave you with a suicidal bot.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
796.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
One of my all-time favourites. Always keeps me coming back.
Places where it could be improved but as it stands, my most played game to date.

8/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
132.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Awesomenauts

Awesomenauts is probably the first Platformer MOBA.


Visual: 9/10

Awesomenauts is a beautiful game with a cool cartoon art-style. You kind of forget how beautiful the art-style is after playing for a number of hours, which is the sole reason I didn't give it a 10/10.


Sound 9/10

Awesomenauts has a great soundtrack. The reason for this is the fact that every character ( currently 21 characters.) has a theme song, and a song for getting a killing spree with them. This keeps the game fresh by surprising you with new music for the first 20 hours of gametime.


Gameplay: 10/10

Awesomenauts is a MOBA at heart, but has drastically changed the gameplay by switching the games viewpoint to a sidescrolling perspective as well as cutting down on the amount of players in-game (from 5v5 to 3v3.). The game also has 21 characters (as of the sixth of may 2015.) that you can play.

The shop system has also been changed from the traditional system to a loadout system. The loadout system lets you choose 9 items before the game starts. They will be available for purchase once the game starts. This system makes it easier for players to determine what they want to do, and makes it impossible to counter people by buying what you need for a specific problem.

This game is by no means a hardcore game, but it will still give you many hours of enjoyment if you aren't a tryhard winner.


DLC: 8/10

The game has quite alot of skins which I won't go into detail about since it's purely cosmetic, however there is one DLC pack called Starstorm that introduces five new characters. This is usually not a problem, however they are still updating the DLC with characters which could lead to some balancing issues. The DLC is by no means gamebreaking at the moment, but the possibility of it becoming gamebreaking is there so be weary of it.


Time/Money: 10/10

If you are interested in the MOBA genre but find it to hostile to join, then this is your game. I have put down over 100 hours of gameplay on this game, without feeling the need to spend a single penny (beside buying the game ofcourse.).
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,352.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
TL;DR Version at the bottom for people who hate walls of text :D

I remember when I first saw this game for sale on the XBLA years ago (I was still a scrubby console gamer back then, please forgive me!), and my initial reaction was ‘Wow, this game looks absolutely dreadful’, I just didn’t get it! Luckily, I played this game on a whim, and I have to say, it blew me away!

But first, a bit about the game, it’s a 2D, 3v3 MOBA, currently consisting of a modest roster of 20 ‘Awesomenauts’ (20 is including the Expansion pack ‘Nauts, of which there are 4), where the goal is to destroy the enemies’ damage dealing, high health turrets, thankfully with the help of small damage absorbing droids, in order to destroy the enemies’ drill core, leading to a victory. Each player picks one of the aforementioned ‘Nauts to play as during the match, each with His/her own unique Autoattack and abilities. There is also a currency in this game called ‘Solar’ which allows you to upgrade your abilities. All of this is in the style of an 80’s Saturday morning cartoon show. Boom.

I love this concept (despite hating it initially :s), the 2D aspect of the game means that it requires a lot of platforming ability in order for you to be good at it, and honestly, it’s a very clever twist to the typical MOBA, and it’s made the game very refreshing for me. The graphics and soundtrack are equally invigorating, with some of my favourites being the character themes and killing sprees.

Additionally, this game isn’t short of diversity. Each ‘Naut brings something new to the table in the form of the aforementioned abilities, so, when you get bored of one character, you can play another for a short while, it never feels like you’re playing the same game twice! Furthermore, upgrades add to this diversity. There are 4 rows of upgrades for your abilities, with 6 of them per row, moreover, only 3 upgrades can be chosen in a match. This means that you can upgrade your character to suit your playstyle, adding a lot of strategic depth into the game.

The ‘Nauts themselves all have relatively interesting backstories and quirks, which is evident in their voice-acted lines when you play them. Granted, a few of the voices of the ‘Nauts are a bit hit-and-miss, sometimes leaving me questioning why ‘Naut X has Voice Y because it doesn’t suit them, and some of the voice lines are blatant attempts to badly cram a few well known memes and references into the game because apparently ‘It’s funny’ (Some of the references are well done and funny in my opinion, but I would like to see SOME original dialogue as opposed to a sea of memes).

However, my major problem with this game lies in its’ online aspect, Ronimo execute this poorly, from the god-awful matchmaking which will leave you in a 1v3 against a full L1 premade, to the matches against players with over 400 ping, making it near impossible to dodge them, let alone win against them, ‘Awesomenauts’ knows how to make you rage online. In balance terms, the game is O.K at the moment, there are OP and UP ‘Nauts at the moment, which is only natural, but there are none which I currently consider stupidly unbalanced, despite the massive ‘Coco Nebulon’ Meta at the moment. The community, I feel, has also been gaining a lot of toxicity recently, but there isn’t much we can do, people have become more experienced and competitive since its’ release, and as a result, players become a lot angrier at new or inexperienced players who play the game for fun, which is a worrying and saddening trend in the once calm and collected community.

The paragraph above makes it sound like this game is absolutely awful. It makes me want to hate it, but I simply can’t. For every rage-inducing game, there is a genuinely fun game that draws you back in, and that makes this game fun and addictive as hell (Granted, I have had to take a break from it twice for about a month because I was sick of all the Bull). This is without a doubt my favourite game, and I think my hours show that, and I would recommend this to anyone interested in getting into MOBA's. But I would recommend that you bring a couple of friends along for the ride, it’s so much easier to deal with its’ BS together. If you want to go into it by yourself, fine. But trust me, you will need a lot of patience with it in order to see past its’ shortcomings, and appreciate it for what it is.

TL;DR: Love the ‘Saturday morning’ cartoon style, as well as the soundtrack. Very diverse roster of Nauts with interesting backstories. Balancing is a bit meh. Voice acting can be a bit uninspired. Bad matchmaking and network coding may result in rage inducing matches, but the rest of the game is good enough to help you see past its’ flaws.

Final score: 8/10
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
678.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
This is a hard game to love, but I do. I've sunk far too much time into it to say I don't love it. It can be extremely fun but also very infuriating.

It's meant to be a casual side-scrolling Moba / Dota-clone and it does that very well, but when I say casual, I mean super casual. Not caring about winning and game-breaking issues casual.

I can handle losing just fine and I couldn't care less about ranking. Being out-played and out-maneuvered comes with any online game. You play until you get better. What I can't handle is losing because you can go 1v3 or the drop-in / drop-out system forcing you to be always down a player because someone forgot they left the oven on and the next person just got a call, so your 3rd is constantly on their way to fight. Or the terrible matchmaking making you join a game where everyone has 300+ ping (yes you can set the game to find only local players but the player base is so small I've had that take 15+ minutes. And then the game is force-started because someone is too impatient).

There's issues involving lag even in local region games that have been around since game launch and continue to persist and will forever persist, because the game uses a p2p hosting model instead of a dedicated server. That cost cutting measure is simply awful and I've been dropped out of MANY games where the host decides to leave and we can't all get connected to the new host, sometimes resulting in the entire match being scrapped.

I've played the game since almost launch, contributed far too much money to the expansion kickstarter and bought some DLC I didn't care about just to support the devs. But I've also uninstalled 6-8 times and quit for months at a time because all the issues got to be too much.

I usually come back after a big patch rollout hoping some more issues are solved, but more often than not it's simply some unless flair added to the GUI and some balance changes which I can rarely understand the reasoning behind.

I've ragged on it a lot and I'm not giving it a thumbs up (in its current state), but I do recommend picking it up, maybe on sale and giving it a shot. Maybe it will have most of my issues with it fixed and if not, at least you can get some good hours out of it.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
392.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Fun for a game now and again. But if you want to play a moba where the devs pay attention to what the players want, how the game should be balanced, or I don't know, care. This is not the moba for you. With the only thing resembling a competititve scene being dominated by 99c, and the "Prestigious League 1 for the 250 best players" is a total joke. The game isn't hard, the queues and matchmaking are awful to put it lightly. Combine that with very few characters to play, let alone are viable. One of the 'draws' of the game is that it has a very low skill ceiling and a high skill floor, and is supposedly easy for new players to enjoy and play. Again, this is not true. The difference between a good team and a bad team is noticable immediately into the game, and has very little to keep the player playing. The unlock system is completely arbirtary. See, while other mobas like League or SMITE force you to play the game for a while to unlock the things you want, you get to choose what things you want. In Awesomenauts, you have no choice whatsoever about what you unlock. Are you a frog player? Do you see all of these fancy items and great builds that other frogs have? Do you want those items? Well you're going to have to play about 30-35 hours of the game before you can get to that point, oh and I should mention that you can unlock these things faster for winning games, which is near impossible with the disgustingly bad stock items. As for the matchmaking, it's total trash. The matchmaking servers matches you with player within 2 leagues above and below you. Let's take the average League 3 player, not outstandingly good, but still good enough to be about top 8000. You can get matches with anyone from League 5 (roughly top 20000) to League 1 (top 250). If the game can't find anyone within those 5 leagues you can be matched in, it will take literally anyone and put them in your game, for better or for worse. Now this wouldn't be an issue with the game, if it had draws to keep players playing (which it doesnt) achieving League 1 wouldn't be hard if it weren't for the outright broken matchmaking, and even then so few tournaments are held with so small prizes almost always dominated by the same 3 or 4 teams. The devs have absolutely no direction and little involvement with the community, the game is easy with little to no reward for being good, matchmaking and soloqueueing is cancerous beyond description, I haven't even touched on the DLC which for $10 awards players with 4 characters who are absolutely dominant in the current meta (if this game could even be considered as having a meta), the balance is constantly changing with every patch and the devs are putting time into things noone cares about, games are near impossible to win if you're on your backfoot in even the first 5 minutes, everything about this game is maddening to say the least. If you want a good F2P moba, go play Dota 2. If you want a moba thats easy to get into, go back to Call of Duty.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
im gonna keep this simple and short so just sit back and enjoy the review.

So i might not have hundreds of hours into this game but after what i went through i believe i reserve the right to say DONT buy this game.

1. If ur one of those gamers that cant afford GOOD internet do not buy this game! YOU will get pinned with the worst connection host's. And YOU will eventually disconnect. Unless you live somewhat NEAR the game host or have an "AWE" stunning connection you will not enjoy the constant ANNOYING "reconnect" sign above ur character that will eventually lead to ur RAGE.

2. I think its absurd how there could be over 1k players online and still wait 4 damm minutes to join a match only to be met with cheap bots. According to Devs the matchmaking system searches in a "WIDE" range, HAHAHA what a load of bull$@#%, and guess whats worst? when the amazing gods of awesomenauts finally connect you to a "DECENT match" ull receive a wonderful greeting by heart-breaking host connection. In unwanting occasions the game will drop you in a near-ended match, its ur fortune or misfortune to join the winning or the losing team (say ur farewells to the league you were currently holding)

It's a shame to see such a spectacular game being hold back by some FIXABLE problems. If you ask me, this is wasted potential.

I dont really mind the rest of the imperfections.....but until some game-changing updates occur my perspective stands tall.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
97.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
For people looking to play this game, I highly suggest looking at other mobas. This one is OK for gameplay and fun, but when it comes to the community, it is absolutely horrible. There are people who purposely de-league themselves so they can play on lower league games and pretty much guarantee themselves wins. It is nealy impossible to get anywhere unless you absolutely pour hours upon hours into this game because you want to get better. Chances are, you might not get any better because you're fighting people who are highly advanced in skill level in a low skill-level game. You will not believe how many times you will go up a league, only to immediately drop one because you fought against ex-league 2s or bottom-line 1s. I can never seem to get above rank 8. I reach rank 7, and the next match, I lose and am de-leagued again.

Pros? Fun gameplay, graphics are cartoony and nice, the controls are rather smooth, and it makes for a good action platform-jumping, run-n-gun moba.

Cons? You won't get anywhere with the cheap community it has.. People are not ashamed to admit that they purposely de-league themselves to play lower ranked games. It's rather distasteful and it made me remember why I stopped playing it.

Stay away from this game, you won't have any fun because you'll constantly get rolled.

Thank you.
-Alpha Gamma
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
222.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Game has crazy awesome potential but has failed to deliver for years.

Unfortunately, developers are more interested in making money than making a good game. Endless skins they keep uploading for pay, yet basic balance has never been... balanced. There's always 2-3 'nauts that are OP and 2-3 nauts that just suck. Lack of dedicated servers (a money saving thing) means you'll never find a game where someone doesn't lag, which means you'll land devestating hits on people for no damage as they lag hop away. No ability to choose or vote on a map before game, so you don't know if you're going to get a map that screws your playstyle or not before the game. Game punishes hard for leaving early, yet offers no surrender vote for hopeless games where you're paired with people you don't synergize well with or have a bad map for your combination. Allowing players to join games in progress is... silly ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. The person either joins a hopeless game where they have no chance to win due to enemy team being massively fed, or joins a game where the game was decently even... but the entire other team has built for a different 'naut, allowing you an unfair advantage.

These problems have been problems for years. They aren't going away, ever. Only buy if the issues above don't bother you and you don't mind being screwed every other game by things out of your control. A cool game to pioneer 2d moba, but it would be nice if another developer stepped up and made a good version.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
143.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
This game will finally be fun if Ronimo sorts their ♥♥♥♥ out and gets dedicated servers. This game is annoyingly ping to win and it makes the game really unfun and unfair to play.
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