Ronimo Games

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Ronimo Games
IndustryVideo games
HeadquartersUtrecht, Netherlands
Key people
Fabian Akker, Joost van Dongen, Gijs Hermans, Jasper Koning, Ralph Rademakers, Martijn Thieme, Olivier Thijssen
ProductsSwords & Soldiers
Number of employees
17 (2015)[1]

Ronimo Games is a Dutch video game developer founded in 2007 by former students of the Utrecht School of the Arts.


The team that formed Ronimo Games initially came together under the name of Banana Games,[2] and created the original freeware PC version of de Blob.[3][dead link] Publisher THQ noticed the game, was very impressed with the team's work, and acquired the rights to the game. THQ subsequently handed over further development to Blue Tongue Entertainment (Nintendo DS, Wii) and Universomo (mobile/iPhone/iPod).

With the money earned from selling the rights to de Blob the team founded Ronimo Games.[1] The name "Ronimo" came from a brainstorming session in which the team decided to combine the first letters of the words "Robot Ninja Monkey".

In May 2009, the studio released the WiiWare title Swords & Soldiers. In September 2010 the game was released for PlayStation Network with publisher Sony Online Entertainment and in December the Windows and Mac version on Steam. In June 2011 the game was ported by Two Tribes and published by Chillingo for iOS.

The studio developed Awesomenauts, a multiplayer online battle arena for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC. Despite the publisher's financial problems, the game was released on PC at May 2, 2012. The studio went to Kickstarter to fund Awesomenauts: Starstorm, the game's first expansion. A second expansion, Awesomenauts: Overdrive, was released on March 2, 2016. Ronimo Games released updates for the PC version, adding new characters, addressing balancing, connectivity, and bug-fixes until development on the game was discontinued[4] with the last update released in July 2018.

Swords & Soldiers II was released on Wii U on May 21, 2015, to generally favorable reviews according to Metacritic.[5][6][7] Renamed as Swords & Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon, it was released for PC and PlayStation 4 in November 2018. It was released for Nintendo Switch on March 1, 2019.[8][9][10][11][12]

Games developed[edit]

Two teams battle it out in Awesomenauts

As Banana Games[edit]

As Ronimo Games[edit]

  • Swords & Soldiers (Wii, 2009; PS3, 2010; Windows, 2010; Mac, 2010; iOS, 2011; Linux, 2012; Android 2012)
  • Awesomenauts (PlayStation 3, 2012; Xbox 360, 2012; Windows, 2012; Mac, 2012; Linux, 2013)
  • Swords & Soldiers II (Wii U, 2015)
  • Swords & Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon (PC, 2018; PS4, 2018; Nintendo Switch, 2019)
  • Blightbound (PC; Devolver Digital) (PC, 2020 (early access))[13]

Further reading[edit]

  • De Pers, "Nederlandse studenten maken succesgame" - October 6, 2008


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  2. ^ Developer's site De Blob Archived 2013-04-23 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Ronimo Games Interview: Swords and Soldiers
  4. ^ "Youtube title: Making Our FaZe Audition Tape". YouTube. November 5, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Review: Swords and Soldiers II". Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "A sidescrolling RTS? The shenanigans continue in Swords & Soldiers II". June 8, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Swords and Soldiers II Wii U". Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Swords & Soldiers II Shawarmageddon Brings Side-Scrolling Strategy To Switch Very Soon". October 25, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon is out next month on PC/PS4, Switch coming 'later'". Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Swords And Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon brings the beef back to PC today". Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon Launches Today on PS4". November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Swords and Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon". Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  13. ^ Chalk, Andy (May 14, 2020). "Blightbound is a three-player co-op dungeon crawler from the makers of Awesomenauts". PC Gamer. Retrieved May 14, 2020.

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