So today I picked up the quirky MOBA-platformer Awesomenauts from Steam. It’s supposed to have an ’80s Saturday Morning Cartoon vibe to it, but I guess I don’t really get that feel from the game other than the inspirations for some of the character archetypes (space cowboy, sentient brain, giant robot, etc). The art and voices just don’t match up with the cartoons I’m used to. However, the achievements for this game are chock-full of references which I will do my best to point out below:
Yoooo JOE! 1/2/3/4/5
Win 1/10/30/50/100 online game sessions.
-This is one of the more obvious ones, referring to the battle cry in the cartoon G.I. Joe.
Master of the Universe!
Reach max level.
-Refers to the franchise Masters of the Universe, with the most popular series being He-Man and She-Ra.
Wings of silver
Collect 35 Solar on a drop-pod drop.
-Lyrics from the theme song of Silverhawks.
Awesomenauts, roll out!
Unlock 3 characters.
-“Transform and roll out!” (or variations including “Roll out”) was the battle cry of the good guys on Transformers.
In pole position
Make the most kills of both teams in an online game session.
-There was an ’80s cartoon called Pole Position, having little in common with the video game other than the name.
Party at Sky Vault
Win a game session with 2 friends splitscreen.
-Refers to the space station Sky Vault in the cartoon Centurions.
Let our powers combine!
Play a game session with friends invited through the game session setup.
-Part of the summoning of Captain Planet, this line typically spoken by Kwame.
Knight of the magic light 1/2/3
Kill 10/30/100 enemy Awesomenauts.
-The cartoon Visionaries had the full title of Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light.
Dinosaurs don’t like brain boxes
Kill an enemy Awesomenaut without buying any items.
-Brain-boxes were used by the bad guys to control/brainwash dinosaurs in Dino-Riders. (The good guys used telepathic devices to tame them)
Robots fighting their shadows
Play against a team with the same Awesomenauts.
–Mighty Orbots fought against the criminal organization SHADOW.
Taunt an enemy after killing him.
-(Unsure. Do you know?)
I will have my vengeance Venger!
Taunt an enemy after he killed you.
-Venger was the big bad in the animated series Dungeons & Dragons.
Venom is too slow
Win a game in less than 10 minutes.
-Venom was the criminal organization in M.A.S.K.
Lightning strikes the vines
Destroy 4 turrets in a single match.
-“Lightning strikes” are the last words narrated in the intro before the theme song of Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. The bad guys used plant-based vehicles, often with vines for reach.
Thunder, thunder, thunder! 1/2/3
Kill 3/5/7 enemy Awesomenauts without dying.
-Another of the more obvious ones. Seen in the intro song to Thundercats as well as within the show whenever Lion-O used the Sword of Omens.
Croaked by a toad
Get killed by a creep.
-“Let’s croak us some toads” is a lyric from the theme song to Bucky O’Hare.
Inspector without gadgets
Have more than 500 Solar at once (late game bonus does not count).
Swimming in coins 1/2/3
Earn a total of 10k/100k/1000k Solar (late game bonus does not count).
-Scrooge McDuck from Duck Tales regularly swam in his large vault of gold coins.
Riding my robotic steed
Get first blood.
-Likely a reference to The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, in which the Rangers rode robotic horses. Bravestarr featured a “techno horse” named Thirty-Thirty, but he wasn’t a robot (and Bravestarr already has a reference down below).
Win game sessions with 8 different characters.
–Bionic Six, a series centered around the Bennett family who gained bionic powers.
Hawk, wolf, puma and bear 1/2/3
Kill 100/300/1000 droids/creeps.
-The four animal spirits that Bravestarr can channel. Also heard, in that order, in the intro.
Slimer’s evil twin 1/2/3
Kill the Solar boss 10/30/100 times in online game sessions.
–Ghostbusters. (In one episode of the cartoon, Slimer had an evil twin)
T-U-R-R-E-T powah! 1/2/3
Destroy 10/30/100 turrets.
-The only one that isn’t a reference directly to a cartoon, this refers to the ending-credit song from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie. T-U-R-T-L-E Power.
Rings for the sky (1-10)
Gain prestige (1-10)
-I’m not 100% sure of this one, but the short-lived series Ring Raiders centered around aircraft and sky battles.