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3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  3. Negative: 11 out of 16

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  1. Jul 27, 2018
    4
    Tiny Metal is a love letter to the Advance Wars series, a turn-based tactical game centered around building units and gaining map control against the opponent. The game features colorful characters and a lot of balanced units, different terrains, cities creating money when you capture them…

    Tiny Metal proposes all of this, and not much more. It doesn’t seem the developer ever tried to
    Tiny Metal is a love letter to the Advance Wars series, a turn-based tactical game centered around building units and gaining map control against the opponent. The game features colorful characters and a lot of balanced units, different terrains, cities creating money when you capture them…

    Tiny Metal proposes all of this, and not much more. It doesn’t seem the developer ever tried to hide the affiliation to their mentor, the units and mechanics are so close I took more pleasure finding the differences between the two than playing the actual game. It even took the “bad” things Advance Wars has. The story parts take forever, the characters are caricatural and kinda dumb. When units fight each other, the camera zooms in to show the units firing, and in Advance Wars, that’s something I disable after 1 or 2 hours of game. It’s cool to have, but I’d have preferred them to not implement this and improve the game in other ways instead.

    The camera is shifted a bit on the Y axis, which is really disturbing for a top-down tactical game. The unit designs are too similar, it’s hard to recognize a recon jeep from a tank at a glance, which is bad when you have a lot of units on the battlefield. And when moving your cursor to move a unit, which is something you do most of the time, the tiles highlighted to see where you can go are not visible enough, so sometimes I’m not sure where my unit can go, and there is a sound -- a buzz sound like when you are doing something wrong -- but it’s playing every time you move the cursor to move a unit. Obnoxious.

    The game’s not bad, but it’s so close to Advance Wars that I’d just recommend playing the latter instead of this indie title. This game hasn’t enough for itself to justify playing it.
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68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 7, 2018
    60
    A fun and well made TBS title held back by lackluster plot and mission design.
  2. Mar 13, 2018
    65
    Right now, Tiny Metal feels slightly undercooked. It has the strong foundations of a game that could be great, but is let down at almost every turn.
  3. Mar 9, 2018
    65
    The lack of multiplayer wouldn't hurt so much if it weren't already promised, and the fact that the game launched without that feature makes it feel like an Early Access title rather than one with a $25 price tag. If you don't mind such things, then Tiny Metal is still worth checking out if you're a fan of simpler strategy. For anyone else looking for some challenge, it might be best to hold off to see if and when multiplayer goes live.