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Awesomenauts Assemble! Review: The Saturday Morning Cartoon That Never Existed


Awesomenauts Assemble! Review: The Saturday Morning Cartoon That Never Existed

Awesomenauts Assemble! is one of those games that is part of that genre of games that is just filled with zany and ridiculous fun. As you might imagine, it is also one that does not take itself very seriously. That much is apparent from the instant the game loads up, and sets the mood for some silly laugh-out-loud fun.

Awesomenauts Assemble! is not a particularly complex game to grasp. It falls under the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre wherein you just duke it out against the opposing team for supremacy. It’s that simple.

What gives Awesomenauts Assemble! its spice of variety is the vast amount of character options at your disposal. With 16 different characters to select from, there is always some different character and set of abilities to experiment with. Characters are incredibly diverse, and range from in-your-face brawlers to healers, and from cowboys to assassin frogs to a floating space head alien thing. Yup. None of it makes sense. It’s wonderful. For team-centered combat, having a variety of different characters with a variety of different roles and abilities allows for some serious team strategy that can go anywhere from full-out assault to complete-healing and making enemy attacks feel like tickles, at best.

So. Many. Characters. Can't. Compute. Error. Error. Errorerrorerrorerrorerror.

So. Many. Characters. Can’t. Compute. Error. Error. Errorerrorerrorerrorerror.

And even despite the sheer amount of characters, there are still plenty of customization options available to players. Aside from skins (which must be additionally downloaded), every character can have his or her abilities customized at the beginning of and throughout the match. Within each match you can customize certain abilities and even certain modifications to the abilities as you earn Solar (game currency). Each character has its own individual abilities, so even if someone else is using the same character, players may still have distinct character builds that make them more unique. Modifications are fairly simple, but are significant enough. Typically, they build upon power, speed, health, etc. of a particular character or construct, though there are several that are particular to the specific ability (such as Lonestar’s Bull being able to push harder). Yes, you can summon a raging bull in this game. I told you it’s wonderful.

You can summon a giant raging bull to bulldoze your enemies away from you. What.

You can summon a giant raging bull to bulldoze your enemies away from you. What.

But neither of those two points, while contributing, is the main allure of Awesomenauts Assemble!. That achievement belongs to the simple and zany atmosphere that the game creates. Indeed, the most stand-out thing about Awesomenauts Assemble! is just how ridiculous it is, and that much is quite apparent from the outset. You play in the distant future as a bunch of spacefaring mercenaries battling it out for territorial dominance. Sounds serious, but it absolutely is not. Matches are 3v3 and place each team in a competition to infiltrate and destroy the enemy’s base. While Awesomenauts Assemble! is a MOBA, it incorporates elements of both action and platforming games. Indeed, maps are structured such that you are constantly jumping as part of the sidescrolling maneuvering. In order to get through to the enemy base, you must both navigate and defeat enemy turrets, drones, and characters, all of which tends to occur simultaneously, providing for a rather frantic, albeit enjoyable, chaotic experience.

Does anyone know what's going on here? I still can't figure it out. I love it.

Does anyone know what’s going on here? I still can’t figure it out. I love it.

The only particular flaw that Awesomenauts Assemble! has is its limited game modes. Better stated, its limited mode. Indeed, Awesomenauts Assemble! really only has that one simple infiltrate-and-destroy mode. While still fun, it is really the only experience that the game provides. With such a variety of characters and customization options at your disposal, it would have been nice to be able to implement all these different features in variable ways.

If you are looking for a game that you can pick up and play really quickly while waiting to go to school, while something sits in the oven, or while you wait for your boyfriend or girlfriend to finish getting ready, this is a game for you.  Awesomenauts Assemble! is an incredibly fun game to pick up at a moment’s notice and still fully immerse yourself in its wackiness. And while it may not be the most complex game out there, it is definitely worth downloading for a paltry ten dollars.

Final Breakdown

[+Plenty of characters][+Crazy, chaotic fun][+Customization depth][-Limited game modes]

Great Review Score

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