Posted: January 24
As you probably might guess by the Awesomnauts' cutesy artstyle and wacky character design this game was built around the idea of creating a casual and arcady 2D MOBA. The idea was executed well: gameplay is indeed largely twitch skill based, yet most of the mechanics familiar from DOTA clones were preserved. Learning curve is pretty mild and the game is satisfying to play right off the bat. There is a sufficient degree of complexity in terms of metagame, so it's not entirely meaningless, but superior platforming skill can definitely elevate even the crappiest of builds to a point where you might be an asset to the team. There is also a pretty varied roster of characters, all with their own style and personality. On top of that, devs are still adding new content, which gives you incentive to come back regularly, as it almost guaranteed to feel fresh again.
The few gripes I have with it are not related to the core gameplay as much as they're basically inevitable problems that this game has to face as a multiplayer game run by a small indie studio and a (sort of) MOBA. One of them would be the occasional toxicity you might encounter in the game. It can be upsetting and annoying, but it's still slightly better than in LOLs and DOTAs. Matchmaking is another problem. The issue here lies in the basic reality that there simply aren't enough concurrent players at any given time to make the algorithm work well so the result is oftentimes you end up in very lopsided matches and unequal team members. The best remedium for this is to play with friends, that way it won't affect you nearly as much. There is also a huge chasm between what the most dedicated part of the community, those who play in League 1 and 2, wants and what all the rest wants and sometimes it seems like the devs don't quite know how to deal with these conflicting demands which sometimes leads to some balancing issues. But that's rather a minor complaint as this state never lasts for very long and eventually returns to equilibrium.
With all that said, Awesomenauts still has me going back to it and despite my frustrations I can still say that it's still ton of fun and I recommend it without any hesitation.