Awesomenauts fits into the Action Real-Time Strategy (ARTS) genre, or as many gamers have come to know it, the DotA genre. This particular genre has become increasingly popular in recent years and began with a mod for PC game Warcraft III called Defense of the Ancients. The gameplay in this genre is relatively straightforward. Players need to destroy the opposing team’s base with the help of computer-controlled units that will periodically spawn. These units are very simple and will march towards the enemy’s base in a pre-defined path. They are also relatively easy to destroy but are essential in some way to the success of your team.
The traditional ARTS game employs a top-down camera. Uber Entertainment’s Monday Night Combat introduced third person shooters to the genre, but Awesomenauts really challenges the status quo by playing as a side-scrolling ARTS game. While the announcement of a side-scrolling ARTS game gave some people doubts as to whether it could work, the moment of truth has finally arrived. Has Ronimo Games successfully incorporated side-scrollers into the ARTS genre? Let’s take a look.