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Ronimo Games releases prototype for cancelled console project

Ronimo Games releases prototype for cancelled console project

Snowball Earth would have featured yetis and robot doggies.

Ronimo Games is the Dutch studio behind cartoony chaos such as Swords & Soldiers and this year's hectic MOBA Awesomenauts. Before working on either of those titles, however, the team sank a year into an intriguing action game called Snowball Earth - and now that it's long since cancelled, they're releasing the demo for free via torrent.

Back in 2007, Snowball Earth was planned as a Wii or Xbox 360 game, and, according to Ronimo, it tells the story of "a robot boy who thinks he accidentally started the last ice age." Don't sweat it, kid; we've all been there. With that on his conscience, he's been sent back to the frozen planet to try and thaw the place out - with the help of his robot doggies, naturally.

What he discovers down on the surface is a touching tale of betrayal and revenge, centring on an unscrupulous refrigerator manufacturer that's been hawking its wares to the local yetis. More importantly, you get to tool around some chunky, colourful 3D environments, banishing winter and restoring life to the world. It's basically the kind of thing Al Gore dreams about every night.

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Awesomenauts console patch now live

Awesomenauts console patch now live

Adds two new characters.

A patch for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of 2D side-scroller Awesomenauts has been released.

It adds two new characters, Coco Nebulon and Derpl Zork, implements balance tweaks and fixes connectivity issues.

Coco, the first female Awesomenaut, has psycho-electric melee powers. Derpl uses a transforming combat walker in combat.

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Awesomenauts PC release confirmed

Awesomenauts PC release confirmed

Due to arrive within the next month.

Cel-shaded console side-scroller Awesomenauts will arrive for PC on Steam within the next month, developer Ronimo has announced.

A Mac version is also on the cards.

Delightful-looking MOBA Awesomenauts launched first for download on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 earlier this year. See how it looks on PC in a new trailer, below.

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The Walking Dead tops Xbox Live Arcade chart

Fable Heroes debuts in third, Awesomenauts in fifth.

The first episode of Telltale's recent TV/comic tie-in The Walking Dead has held on to the Xbox Live Arcade chart top spot in its second week on sale, Microsoft has announced.

Game of the Week: Awesomenauts

Heroes and zeros.

It's just like old times. There's a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game out this week! In a box and everything!

Awesomenauts Review

Awesomenauts Review

DOTA upon me.

Often, ahead of a multiplayer game's release, reviewers are offered a scheduled time to meet with and compete against members of the development team online in order to approximate the general public's experience. It's never quite a 'true' approximation, of course, as the developers have the benefit of months, perhaps years of experience with their creation - and all of the intimate knowledge of strategies, shortcuts and cheats that come with it.

The reviewer, meanwhile, arrives at the game fresh and inexperienced, groping through the systems, always playing catch-up. Shrewd developers account for this disparity, handicapping themselves in order to level the playing field and allow the newcomer to feel a sense of progress. After all, even the least petulant player eventually tires from repeated losses at the hands of an expert.

"Will you please stop rushing the enemy and giving them free resources. Heal more."

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Sony details May PlayStation Plus content

Sony details May PlayStation Plus content

Awesomenauts and Max Payne for free, Binary Domain discounted.

Free downloads of side-scrolling arena dust-up Awesomenauts and PlayStation 2 classic Max Payne headline May's PlayStation Plus content.

Subscribers to Sony's premium service can download both Remedy's original Payne romp and Ronimo's colourful follow-up to highly-regarded RTS Swords & Soldiers from 2nd May.

You can also grab eight casual titles from developer Tik Games free of charge until 4th July, including Hamsterball and Mushroom Wars.

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Awesomenauts release date announced

Awesomenauts release date announced

Frantic arena battler from Swords & Soldiers dev out soon.

Multiplayer-focussed arena beat 'em up Awesomenauts launches for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on 2nd May, developer Ronimo Games has announced.

You'll battle out against opponents in teams of three, either online of via local split-screen. The trailer below should offer some idea of exactly what it's all about.

A price tag has not yet been confirmed.

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Awesomenauts dated for PSN, Xbox Live Arcade

Latest from Swords & Soldiers dev incoming.

2D arena combat effort Awesomenauts sees the light of day on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade in February 2012, developer Ronimo Games has announced.

Awesomenauts announced for PSN, XBLA

Awesomenauts announced for PSN, XBLA

Swords & Soldiers dev returns.

The studio behind ace WiiWare/PSN side-scrolling RTS Swords & Soldiers has announced its next project 2D multiplayer brawler Awesomenauts.

Due on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on an as yet undetermined date, Dutch developer Ronimo Games is dubbing it a "Mulitplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game inspired by your favourite '80s animated series."

Judging by the screenshots below, it's a side-scroller in which you pick from a line-up of OTT mercenaries and duke it out with other players online.

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