The 80s Cartoon We Wish We Had
By Brett Wolfe
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on September 7th on Xbox One, also availible on PS4 & PC
Publisher: DTP Entertainment Developer: Romino Games
Hello Mercenaries! You have been recruited for the Awesomenauts, the galaxies toughest group of peculiar individuals you have ever seen. This battle will be tough, but I feel that you can overcome the odds and make a name for yourself. But…if you die, we just have tons of clones of you we already made. Ok…so enjoy!!
Awesomenauts Assembled is a side scrolling MOBA developed by Romino Games, which follows a rag tag group of mercenaries trying to protect a galaxy in chaos. This title is the sequel to Awesomenauts and is similar to its predecessor, but better! There are various improvements from the original and it has a great feel to it. The game definitely feels like there is nothing left out and strikes the intended vision right on the head.
The gameplay is unique to MOBAs due to the side scrolling aspect. These elements include the ability to jump, which is not usually a vital part of the Battle Arena genre. Awesomenauts uses jumping to get to a higher set of platforms to push the upper towers. This aspect of jumping is so beneficial in this title compared to others in the genre that it is even upgradeable, adding double and triple jumps into the mix. The other unique thing to this title is the multiple tiers that your character can access. Before continuing, it would be helpful for people that are not aware to the MOBA genre to include some explanations to some of the words I will be using. The jungle/camps are smaller enemies that give little experience and sometime buffs to help level your character fast and ganking is to attack an enemy opponent from behind unexpectedly. Now to continue, Awesomenauts Assembled pits two teams of three against one another and the objective is the destroy the enemy’s generator. For this to happen, the player and his team need to destroy the opponent’s towers and reach the generator. Like most MOBAs, there are multiple lanes at which you can attack from and thus multiple towers. This title ranges from 3-4 towers and then the generator, which the player must destroy at least all the towers on a certain lane to advance to the generator. However, if all of the enemy’s towers are down while attacking the generator, it will be more susceptible to damage and fall quicker. Due to not being three dimensional there is various side paths that you can take to reach the jungle and camps. So, the camps are usually put on the layer that goes between the two main lanes. This can be helpful for fast travel between the top and bottom lane and also for ganking the enemy while they are attacking your tower.
This title can be played in a variety of settings as it has online multiplayer support and local couch co-op support, which can support three players on one machine. You can play online battle, custom matches, and bot matches. The bot matches and custom matches are pretty much hand-in-hand with one another, besides the fact that bot matches do not support online functionality. It is worth noting that every achievement in this game can be achieved in custom matches against bots. There are 26 different characters within this game including the downloadable content. While I have not played all of them, I have played a large amount and it’s good to say that every character feels great on their own. They all come with their own unique playstyle and characteristics. A few that would be good to mention as I feel they have the most personality out of the characters would be Froggy G, Scoop, and LoneStar. To start, Froggy G has an easy to pick up play style. He has simple to understand abilities and is a great starter character for any new-comers. The best thing about Froggy G in my opinion is the theme song that plays when you select him. Moving on to Scoop’s role, he has a more tank stylization. He has a higher starting health and can take more damage while dealing reduced damage compared to some of the other characters. He is a great starter for anyone familiar with that role. Finally, LoneStar is the poster boy for this title and he has a play style similar to Froggy G; however, he is more of a tower pusher for a starter character.
The visuals in this game are amazing. The eighties cartoon look fits this game perfectly and gives it the visual aesthetic that is just second to none. From the unique character looks to the variation in map design, it was a home run for the development team. One of the things that is interesting about the maps, which there are six of, is that the change how the game can go. For example, some maps have two lanes with two towers each, while others have two lanes with one tower and an intermediate tower behind that protecting the generator. The visuals also affect the map by changing up the middle camps. On a map that has a dynamic middle camp is an AI Station 404, in which the middle area of the map changes between anti-gravity boosters to rockets that constantly shoot fire damaging you for the entirety of the time spent within it. The soundtrack of this game is just as great. It is just stellar, from the background music to the win screen score. To add, most of the characters have their own theme tune that plays after the character is selected. The soundtrack really gets you pumped while playing this title and I believe that it went above and beyond.
The replayability in this game is tremendous. Being a MOBA, it is easy to just play a few games and put it down if that is your preferred play style. However, this game also has enough variety to hold another player for countless of hours. It is easy to get lost in the game and just keep thinking, I will just play one more game. The large roster adds to the replayability as they all vary so much, so if you get bored of one you can move on to another and have a completely different experience. In addition to that, each character can be played completely different time after time. In-game, the player can only choose three items per ability and each ability can have up to six different items. One game, the character can be full powerhouse, another attack speed, and then a third game they will be defensively focused. The options may not be endless, but there sure are a lot of them.
Finally, this title is on the cheap side being only $10 USD and I feel that that is one of the best bang for your buck that I have seen. The game offers so much variety for that price point. I would highly, highly recommend it and I feel you would be doing yourself an injustice if you didn’t at least try this game. So if you are ready, grab your dynamite, invite your friends, and collect that solar, you are in for a ride!
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of this review
Final Score: 8.5/10
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