Just like a typical MOBA, Awesomenauts pits two teams against each other, though it does take a step out of the norm by building the teams with three players, instead of the typical four per side. Although, it is in a way simpler than other MOBA titles, Awesomenauts still has a learning curve that you have to get around once you start playing. It does have a practice game mode that lets you play against bots in order to hone in your skills and even level yourself up before you jump into the online multiplayer.
Even though it’s only 3 v 3 there are still holes in the team to fill, luckily when this is the case the holes are filled with bots until a new player joins the match. This means that matches can continue and team will always be even no matter what. Well, even in numbers at least. If you are coming into the online mode straight off the bat you are at a disadvantage to those who have been playing for a while because of the way that characters and skills are unlocked. As usual, the more you play, the more experience you get and the more you unlock.
Figuring out how to use the characters to their full potential is the hardest part to get used to, you’re given the choice of a big robot, a space sheriff, a French chameleon, a hip hop frog, a monkey with a jetpack and a scientist that is mostly brains. Some characters have the ability to float or fly, others double jump, some are slower than others and they each have their own uses.
Each character has their own attacks which, apart from the main attack you need to purchase from the shop using the game currency Solar, which is collected by defeating other players or collecting white squares from around the map. You also have the ability to upgrade your attacks the same way, the upgrades you get depend on how you set up your characters in the load out before each match.
Instead of sticking the camera behind your character as you move in a 3D space, Awesomenauts is a 2D side scroller. It still, sends you on the usual destroy the turrets, destroy the base mission and it still gives you options on how you make your way through the map, with multiple levels for you to move up and down on, through platforms that you can move through and land on top of and air cannons that send you flying.
The controls are by far the easiest aspect of the game, the three attacks are activated by your three mouse buttons and you move around with the usual PC game WASD keys, using W or space to jump.
GraphicsAwesomenauts looks very similar to that of a Saturday morning cartoon, it’s really colourful and it’s pleasing to look at. Each map has something different to look at even though there aren’t a lot of maps, they don’t get boring. When you first load up the game it plays an animation that sends memories of old cartoons flooding in and it’s hard not to smile.
Just like the graphics, the music is similar to old cartoons and it’s good to listen to. The characters spout off humorous remarks around you as you’re playing, when the sheriff whistles every time he calls in his bull is one of the few things that can get on your nerves though.
Awesomenauts is, well it’s awesome really. If you are new to the MOBA genre this is a perfect game to start with, giving a new spin on the popular model makes it really fun to play. It’s hard to not smile while you’re playing, but I recommend playing in practice mode for a while before jumping online to avoid the frustration of higher ranking players.