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New ‘Awesomenaut’ Revealed: Skølldir the Space Viking

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Today, Ronimo Games revealed the tenth member of the Awesomenauts team to be Skølldir, a melee-tank brute.

Formerly known as, “Skølldir the Terrible Space Viking,” he raided his way across the galaxy, leaving spaceports, cargo ships, and grocery stores smoldering in his wake. His legendary thirst for battle is unquenchable. Because Skølldir subscribes to the tradition that a great feast should follow a great battle, Skølldir eventually became renamed to ” Skølldir the Terribly Overweight Space Viking” by his peers. Needless to say, this nickname doesn’t fly with this Viking.


To make up for such a depressing title, Skølldir has set out, to reclaim his original title by proving to the galaxy that he still is a capable, and agile, combatant. Anyone foolish enough to tell him otherwise quickly finds themselves crippled and thrown aside.

Ronimo Games warns: “If you find yourself on the battlefield, and hear the sound of crushing bones and thunderous farts in the distance, flee, as Skølldir’s fury is upon you!”

Skølldir is voiced by Simon Lane, from The Yogscast gaming channel. Simon used his Space Dwarf/ Viking impression for the voice of Skølldir. Just like all of the other Awesomenauts, Skølldir comes with his own soundtrack, powerful items, devastating attacks, and unique Honeydew skin.

Awesomenauts was released last May on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and was brought to Windows August 1st. Skølldir is the second character to be added to Awesomenauts, following Gnaw, the alien-dog-thing.

Follow the developers on Twtter: @RonimoGames

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Source: The Indie Game Magazine – New ‘Awesomenaut’ Revealed: Skølldir the Space Viking


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Awesomenauts DLC Skin Packs Released, Are Appropriately Awesome.

Good news for fans of Ronimo Games’ Awesomenauts: The self-described “3-on-3 sidescrolling MOBA” and one of the contenders for “Game With the Best Title Ever” award has just recieved a set of DLC skins that add even more character to the already pretty crazy combatants in the game. Since everyone knows that talk is so cheap as to be basically worthless – like the German Papiermark, in the 1920′s – you can see the skins in action in the Youtube trailer below, instead of taking just my word for it that the skins are all pretty darn cool.

Awesomeness is subjective of course, But seriously, you don’t get to have a name like Awesomenauts without at least someone thinking what you do is pretty rad, right?

You can buy the skins individually for $2.50 apiece, in packs of 3 for $5.99 (Froggy G’s Grandmaster Splash, Gnaw’s Bumble Gnaw and Derpl Zork’s Hotrod Derpl as one pack, Voltar’s Disco Voltar, Leon Chameleon’s Mousquetiere Leon, and Yuri’s Kosmonaut Yuri as another, and Lonestar’s Officer Lonestar, Coco’s Coco Hawaii, and Clunk’s Replaceable Clunk rounding it out in the final pack) or a bundle of all nine skins for $14.99.

If you only have one character you play as, then $2.50 will have you covered; but if you have multiple characters that you dig, the $14.99 bundle works out to about a buck less per character, and if you play your cards right, that $9 you saved can keep you eating like a king off of your fast food dollar menu of choice for another few days.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Awesomenauts DLC Skin Packs Released, Are Appropriately Awesome.


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‘Awesomenauts’ Gets Awesomer – Patch 1.3 Adds Gnaw

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We reported on this revelation earlier in the month when the announcement came of a new PC-specific playable character for MOBA crowd pleaser, Awesomenauts. Well, that time is now come. Patch 1.3 brings with it today, amongst other things, the delightful Gnaw.

This creature is certainly not one that you’d invite round for dinner (unless you were suitably prepared for blood on the ceiling and vomit in your trifle). Nope, this one is built to menace, infesting the place with ‘slimy goo and flesh eating plants’. Delicious. Here it is in action:

The patch press release shines a light on a particularly fun development for those players feeling compelled to cheat online. In a move seemingly popularised by the latest Max Payne release, Ronimo Games have jubilantly announced that their ‘ima-cheater-and-I-wanna-play-against-my-cheating-buddies-league’ is up and running and enforced in matchmaking for those looking to spoil the fun for others.

There’s always a warm feeling when free DLC comes to town, warmer still from the PC gamers who are getting it alone. So, it’s worth noting that Ronimo aren’t planning on stopping. The Steam release appears to have been an overwhelming success with over half-a-million games played within the opening three weeks. It seems that this will be rewarded as the developer promises further characters and features on a regular basis. Should keep things very interesting indeed.

For further info, check out the main site, here. And, if you haven’t yet made the jump into Awesomenauts, feel free to do so, right here.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – ‘Awesomenauts’ Gets Awesomer – Patch 1.3 Adds Gnaw


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Awesomenauts Adds Another Merc to the Mix

The fine folks at Ronimo have dropped Awesomenauts PC players a cute, murderous gift in the form of a new playable character, Gnaw. Apparently, his gameplay will be centered around poisoning and ensnaring enemy players, all while staying relatively mobile and, for the most part, just plain annoying. Gnaw looks perfect for antagonizing enemy players and keeping their entire team busy so that your allies can push forward and destroy the ever obtrusive turrets found throughout all of Awesomenauts’ maps.

Also accompanying Gnaw’s gnarly addition is the inclusion of a minor patch to be made available later today. The patch will contain “various minor fixes” with a larger update planned for release very soon according to Ronimo. Awesomenauts and Gnaw will both be playable at this year’s Gamescon in Valve’s booth for anyone still on the fence about purchasing the 2D MOBA styled mashup. As of now, there’s no word on if console players will get to spew poison ooze with the doglike little critter anytime soon, but one would assume that he’d be made available as some paid DLC some time in the near future.

To checkout more info on Awesomenauts or Ronimo’s other strategy based offerings head on over to their homepage. For Awesomenauts exclusive stuff checkout the game’s newly relaunched site here.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Awesomenauts Adds Another Merc to the Mix


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Awesomenauts gets a bit cuter with ROFLnauts

Ronimo has recently released their stupidly fun 2D MOBA title Awesomenauts into the wilds of the PC world after a short beta period via Steam. So far, reception for the title (both on PC and its console cousins) has been pretty positive, boasting a really active user-base (even in lue of some rather annoying connectivity issues) and two brand new DLC characters that came completely free of charge.

But to sweeten the deal even further, it would seem that Ronimo secretly teamed up with designer Jan Willem Nijman of Vlambeer fame (Super Crate Box, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, Radical Fishing) and renowned pixel artist/animator Paul Veer (Super Crate Box, Celestial Mechanica, LUFTRAUSER) to concoct ROFLnauts; an adorable Smash Bros.-like mini game hidden deep inside Awesomenauts’ Steam files staring none other than the Awesomenauts themselves in multiplayer battle royales.

To access the nifty little hidden gem, all you need to do is head into your “SteamApps” directory found in your hard drive’s Steam folder, once there just search through the “Common” folder Awesomenauts’ directory. After which you’ll just need to look inside the “Data” folder to find your copy of ROFLnauts. This awesome (no pun intended) tip comes courtesy of a particularly curious reader over on Joystiq. Happy Brawling!

via- Joystiq

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Awesomenauts gets a bit cuter with ROFLnauts


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Platform MOBA ‘Awesomenauts’ Arrives On PC Today Via Steam

A pity they missed the chance to release this one on a Saturday morning, but this is still a pretty momentous release. After hearing much clamouring from the platforming-starved MOBA fanbase on the PC, Ronimo have now brought Awesomenauts, their recently-expanded (now boasting two more characters at no extra cost) arcade platformer take on the DOTA-like genre to Steam. Here’s the so-80s-it-hurts trailer, theme song and all:

So, for those not in the know, Awesomenauts is DOTA + Platformer with a lot of 80s Saturday morning cartoon style, and a bunch of very silly and continually wisecracking characters. Fairly small-scale, with matches being 3v3 bouts, it’s pretty standard ‘bash creeps, defend towers, guard your base’ stuff, although with a bit more focus on arcade twitch skills and precision movement. Previously released digitally on PS3 and 360, it racked up plenty of positive reviews, and there’s been quite a bit of demand for it to come to PC, as you can see in the lovely panel of quotes in the trailer.

Despite being a multiplayer retail game – a hard sell these days – the combination of small matches, bot support and drop-in, drop-out matchmaking should hopefully ensure Awesomenauts has a fairly long lifespan on the PC, even without cross-platform networking. There’s even local co-op/Vs play via split-screen if you don’t feel like taking things online. Always a nice option, that. You can grab the game now on Steam for a wallet-friendly $10, or an even friendlier $20 for a triple-pack.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Platform MOBA ‘Awesomenauts’ Arrives On PC Today Via Steam


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Awesomenauts Patch is here: 2 FREE new characters

Yesterday, Ronimo Games patched up Awesomenauts. Two new Awesomenauts (Coco and Derpl) were added in this extensive update that has now gone live for all players – for free. If you’ve purchased the game on PS3 or Xbox 360 the game should automatically patch the next time you hop online. Apart from the two brand new Awesomenauts the update also contains lots of balance tweaks and some connectivity fixes that players longed for, as well as additional prestige levels. This is especially good to hear since balance issues were my main complaint in my review of the game 2 months ago.

The new FREE characters consist of Coco Nebulon and Derpl Zork. Coco Nebulon is the first female Awesomenaut and she specializes in psycho-electric melee abilities, lightning trails and detonatable lightning ball. Derpl Zork rides a transforming combat walker. You can see these new Awesomenauts in Action here:

Awesomenauts is currently available on Xbox 360 and Playstation Network for $10, but is also making its way to Steam shortly. You can learn more about the game from the game’s official homepage.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – Awesomenauts Patch is here: 2 FREE new characters


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‘Awesomenauts’ Bringing Retro Cartoon Platform DOTA Combat to Steam Soon

It seems to be a good time for multiplatform games. Ronimo’s super-charming Awesomenauts has been doing the rounds on consoles lately, and racking up some rather positive reviews, especially after it got included in the PSN+ bundle on the PS3. A blend of 2D platformer and DOTA, with a cheesy 80s/90s saturday morning cartoon aesthetic, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, so hearing that it’s landing on Steam is a good bit of news. Here’s the nostalgia-tastic announcement trailer:

Well, that’s certainly a theme song. Makes you wonder whether there’s still room for some more retro revivals. After all, they’ve made Transformers huge again, dusted off Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a few times in the past year, and they even rebooted Thundercats – I wonder if there’s room out there for an official Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors game? Anybody? No? Aw. Didn’t think so.

I’m just going to go sit quietly and lament a childhood long-since past. Oh, and I suppose I should say that there’s no set release date on Awesomenauts for PC, but Ronimo quite enthusiastically say ‘soon’.

Source: The Indie Game Magazine – ‘Awesomenauts’ Bringing Retro Cartoon Platform DOTA Combat to Steam Soon


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Sounds Good: ‘Awesomenauts’ Soundtrack Released

With their 2D deathmatch platformer Awesomenauts now in full swing following its release on Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network, Ronimo Games have announced the official release of the game’s soundtrack via Sonic Picnic.

The digitally-downloadable album features 15 tracks, each taken from the madcap, 80s-inspired game. In keeping with the space cartoon-derivative Awesomenauts vibe, most of the compositions assume a staccato, techno-basted aural ambiance, allowing spellbound players to listen to the game’s punchy tones whilst out and about in the real, less exciting world.


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‘Swords & Soldiers’ Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC Announced

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Having just realeased Awesomenauts, Ronimo Games have gone back to Swords & Soldiers to release a new single player campaign in the form of DLC. They call it the Super Saucy Sausage Fest. We think this is great.

Before we go any further, you have to see the image that greeted us when we opened up the mail about this DLC pack. It took us by complete surprise and had us laughing quite hard. Just look at it!

Super Saucy Sausage Fest

Well anyway, if you’re ready to head on back to the 2D battlefields of Swords & Soldiers next week, you’ll be glad to hear that there will be some new content awaiting you. The Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC will contain a whole new campaign and an upgraded Challenge Mode in Boulder XL.

The campaign will follow Chief Meat and his troops on their journey to the annual Super Saucy Sausage Fest with a grand prize of 1000 cows. Consisting of 10 new levels in total, this DLC campaign will have you meeting new friends, old enemies and is sprinkled with unique sets of units and spells to provide a challenge to players all over again.

The Super Saucy Sausage Fest (getting hungry now) DLC will be available from next week on Steam. We’re currently awaiting confirmation for the pricing due to a typo in the press release, but it seems that it might be $2. We’ll update as soon as we know though.

More information on Swords & Soldiers can be found on the game’s official website.