August 1st, 2012 | By Dominic Tarason
A pity they missed the chance to release this one on a Saturday morning, but this is still a pretty momentous release. After hearing much clamouring from the platforming-starved MOBA fanbase on the PC, Ronimo have now brought Awesomenauts, their recently-expanded (now boasting two more characters at no extra cost) arcade platformer take on the DOTA-like genre to Steam. Here’s the so-80s-it-hurts trailer, theme song and all:
So, for those not in the know, Awesomenauts is DOTA + Platformer with a lot of 80s Saturday morning cartoon style, and a bunch of very silly and continually wisecracking characters. Fairly small-scale, with matches being 3v3 bouts, it’s pretty standard ‘bash creeps, defend towers, guard your base’ stuff, although with a bit more focus on arcade twitch skills and precision movement. Previously released digitally on PS3 and 360, it racked up plenty of positive reviews, and there’s been quite a bit of demand for it to come to PC, as you can see in the lovely panel of quotes in the trailer.
Despite being a multiplayer retail game – a hard sell these days – the combination of small matches, bot support and drop-in, drop-out matchmaking should hopefully ensure Awesomenauts has a fairly long lifespan on the PC, even without cross-platform networking. There’s even local co-op/Vs play via split-screen if you don’t feel like taking things online. Always a nice option, that. You can grab the game now on Steam for a wallet-friendly $10, or an even friendlier $20 for a triple-pack.