Presenting one of my favorite steam games, now entirely free to play, AWESOMENAUTS.
Ever felt like playing a MOBA-like game, but felt intimidated by steep learning curves, memorizing meta builds, going for optimal strategies and just plain affraid of being shouted at by your team mates because you didn’t go for that specific thing at that specific time and now the entire base is on fire because of your blunder?
Yeah, me too, DOTA and LoL are great, but sometimes one does not feel like dealing with that ammount of preassure, for people like me who prefer their games simple, fast paced and chaotic, boy do i got the game for you.
Awesomenauts prides itself on being a simplistic MOBA style game, in fact, its not even traditional in that sense, as it prefers another approach: if you are fan of megaman-like games you’ll find this one great, because the gameplay is very much jump and shoot style 2D platformer gameplay!
As it is a team based 3v3 game, you can join up with random people online or friends to duke it out in splitscreen, online or even against bots, you are not limited on how you want to play your game, even giving you power to edit the configurations of the private matches if you so desire: want to give everyone all the upgrades at once? would you prefer for an infinity of creeps to fill the battlefield? how about a random character per death? the choice is yours to take.
It is also very simple to learn, you don’t need to learn the meta mindset of advanced players to play the game, as the shop system only requires you to pick your 3 favorite upgrades -tailored to each specific character- for each of your abilities, and these abilities take effect not by numbers, but by altering the functionality of their abilities to your favor: want bouncing dynamite sticks? slowdown on top of healing? a faster shooty gun or a stronger shooty gun? Big double buzzaws that cause a slowdown on the enemy? You got them.
The game is also filled to brim with lore, though unlike most games out there, the lore of the awesomenauts is mostly a comedic epic, the game is self-stylized like a 90’s cartoon where everything was build to be incredibly awesome.
In awesomenauts, you control the titular squad, a ragtag bunch of misfit aliens from across the galaxy, each one with a reason to fight:
“Riding his combat walker onto the battlefield, comes Derpl Zork. The nephew of Blabl Zork, president of Zork industries.
Derpl Zork lacks his uncle’s business-smarts. In fact he lacks any kind
of smarts, managing to get his IQ rated under the level of plankton in
the official galaxial IQ test.
Nevertheless Derpl is the heir
apparent to Blabl’s galaxy-spanning business empire. This is something
that doesn’t sit well with Blabl, not well at all. Dreading the day
Derpl would inherit the company and run all the hardfought
accomplishments into the ground, Blabl put Derpl in charge of
fieldtesting the new Specialized Universal Secretary Interface (S.U.S.I.
for short) in one of Zork Industries’ combat walkers. Asking Derpl what
form of devastation should be issued forth from his vehicle of
destruction he simply drooled and said: “I wuv cats!”
is anxiously awaiting the day that Derpl would suffer a fatal blow on
the fields of battle but as of yet Derpl’s combat walker has proven to
keep making up for its dimwitted driver. “
”Once part of the soviet space program, Yuri was a monkey,
experimentally shot into space during the 1960’s cold war spacerace.
Mysteriously, monitoring soviet scientists suddenly lost track of monkey
Puzzled by its sudden disappearence, Soviet
space-command wondered what had become of their beloved test-pet Yuri.
Little did they know that Yuri’s spacecraft had entered a warpfield
anomaly and was transported hundreds of years into the future!
the warpfield’s radiation boosted Yuri’s mind to superintelligent
levels. The new, more intelligent, mad and slightly sadistic Yuri
quickly grasped the situation and modified his broken rocket into an
equally mad timetravelling supercomputer jetpack.
jetpack translating everything Yuri says and does, enemies are never
quite sure who is in control, the mad scientist monkey, or the computer
it created? “
“Ted McPain was one of the great heroes of the first AI Wars, a long
time ago. He has led his squad of elite super soldiers, the Killer
Koala’s, against many opponents and has been decorated as an outstanding
soldier a hundred times over. His ultimate achievement, during the
climax of the First AI Wars, was a solo operation onto the AI’s battle
station Starstorm. This mission ended in Ted McPain single handedly
unhinging all of the station’s crucial power couplings, effectively
making sure the station wouldn’t be completed before the end of the war.
Ted McPain eventually died when he sacrificed himself to save the
Sunny-Daisy Alien Orphanage from a band of bloodthirsty dinosaur zombies
in 3021. Ted’s heroic deeds would never be forgotten.
on as he became the star of various video games: Ted McPain I through
XVII, Ted McPain: Zombie Blast, Ted McPain vs. evil Ted McPain and Ted
McPain Unicorn Dance Karting.
When Voltar The Omniscient learned
of the violent dimwitted video game star, he brewed up a plan that would
backfire horribly. He created the Materializotron XT8000 with which he
wanted to bring back the war hero of old to be his personal assistant.
Extracting Ted McPain’s digital essence from his video games, Voltar
managed to materialize a life-size flesh and blood version. The Ted
McPain that appeared though was missing his pants for unknown reasons.
Voltar waved the issue aside saying “Stop asking stupid questions! He
looks fine to me.”
“Yoolip has been a scientist for the greater part of his life on the
transistor planet Calias. Creating wondrous inventions and contraptions
like the dog aura reader, the nightmare-to-VHS recorder, the random
number phone, the cereal-to-milk ratio calculator and an actual time
machine. One day after combining the time machine into some comfy
slippers, he teleported to the Mesozoic era and found himself surrounded
by some scientist hungry velociraptors.
Barely escaping the
predators he lost one of his slippers. Being stuck in time he spent
years to craft a new slipper to travel forward in time to return to his
beloved granddaughter, Ayla. He joined the Awesomenauts team to finally
spend some quality time with her and eat some over-engineered pancakes. “
This is a game that does not even attempt to take itself seriously, as the characters will crack a joke or a reference in the middle of battle to your ears’ delight.
speaking of ears, how about checking out the sweet tunes of the awesomenauts?
Actually no, awesomenauts’s Free to Play system is actually very simple, similar to other MOBAS of its kind it uses the standard 3 hero rotation, but a a bonus, you can try all of the characters in full whenever you want against bots, see who you like from the get-go and decide who you want to buy next.
Adding on to that, the game gives you the in-game currency by doing what you do best: play the game, and it doesn’t even have to be vs online opponents, you can just pop it in with 3 of your friends (or even alone if you’re lonely) and fight against an enemy team of bots, win experience for your characters to unlock their upgrades and songs, and parts to obtain cosmetic upgrades.
The only real aspect that requires money is merely cosmetic: costumes for each character that are simply visual, add voice lines or change their theme songs.
The things that matter can be obtained through gameplay alone, but one
can opt to buy the all nauts pack on steam, this merely unlocks all the
nauts to be played at any time though, not their upgrades, which require
But if you get the game on steam and use one of the following codes (don’t worry, they can be used up to 50 times each)
WVHE-9CLM-9KPH 9MQT-3JS7-NMCR CHCP-3HHX-X5Q5
You’ll get a character entirely for free: the elite sniper raelynn.
These codes can be obtained if you play the game long enough, if you use your own code to invite people, their achievements give you loot too, free loot for everyone!
So feel free to jump into the action, there is nothing to lose and tons of fun (and salt or memes) to be had, bring your friends, bring your friend’s friends, bring your grandma even.
– Sheriff Lonestar’s got a new trusty steed, and he’s dangerous! Gnaw cannot necessarily see where he’s going while wearing that oversized cowboy hat, but that isn’t about to stop him from being as destructive and ravenous as ever. His cactus weedlings are as ready for action as he is.
– There’s something delightfully ironic about a gothic healer. Voltar’s gone all out with his dark new look. Don’t be fooled, though, as he is still the helpful support ‘naut he’s always been. He’s just feeling a bit on the rebellious side.
Ronimo reached this goal recently, meaning my favourite naut is going to be an announcer for all bronze+ supporters. Plus it’s cool that the first announcer is Voltar, because he is my brother’s favourite.
I also watched their kickstarter hit 5000 backers a minute or two ago. So congrats to Ronimo for the success they’ve been having on there.