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Dutch developers Ronimo Games are quickly becoming the masters of splicing disparate genres into uniquely addictive combinations. Their previous successful fusions, de Blob and Swords & Soldiers, managed to disguise a colourful puzzler underneath a monochromatic platformer, as well as bring the RTS genre into a 2 dimensional side-scrolling perspective. With their latest title, Awesomenauts, they have deconstructed the burgeoning MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre, combined it with a 2D platforming shooter and re-assembled it with a surprising amount of tactical nuance and RPG style levelling. It’s another complex equation, but one that Ronimo just about manages to pull off with a healthy mixture of accessibility and depth.