Awesomenauts Review | RobotGeek

Ronimo Games’ shtick is taking a common genre and turning it on its head. Their previous game Swords & Soldiers was a clever twist on the RTS genre: an RTS game where the action scrolled across the screen instead of being viewed bird’s eye. With Awesomenauts they continue in this tradition, but this time instead of tackling a whole genre they have instead opted for a sub-genre. DOTA, MOBA, or ARTS: a sub-genre described with a collection of different acronyms; none of them universally accepted, and the most popular one, DOTA, is actually the title of a mod-turned-game. In fact Defense [sic] of the Ancients (DOTA) is where the genre was born, or at least popularised—a Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos mod based on a StarCraft mod (Aeon of Strife) that moved the focus from base building to character building.

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