In my continuing efforts into broadening my horizons, I decided to pick another strategy game, given I got on quite well with Total War: Three Kingdoms this seems like a logical step. So let’s see what Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble by Area 35 is all about.
The plot, and honestly, it does fall over here. Mainly with how it explains the backstory given it’s a sequel. As they were introducing characters like Captain Gries in the first mission of the campaign, and bluntly putting “whos this dweeb?”. Even the bad guys have trouble explaining themselves to the Dinoldas in particular aside from beating them to Lost Tech Artefacts. So, to try and understand what the bloody hell is going on here I had to delve into the wonderful world that is the internet.
From what I’ve gathered. Captain Nathan Gries is pursuing Lost Tech artefacts. Zipanese Lord General Tsukumo goes up against a new foe, and Commander Wolfram continues pursuing her brother up to the mountain range “Land’s End”. While I haven’t finished the story per se but my standout issue is the lack of “filling in the gaps” of what’s happened previously. It doesn’t give me a lot of carrot to continue if you get what I mean. Then again it’s a sequel but a bit of blurb, bit of world-building at the start to set the stage and get newbies like me up to speed on what’s going on wouldn’t have hurt at all.
Thankfully the gameplay is much, much better. As mentioned it’s a strategy game and it’s turned based. Move your variety of units around the map and attack the bad guys, and with the campaign when it introduces new units it does throw in the short tutorials which is a nice touch detailing their strengths and weaknesses on the battlefield. While a squad of anti-tank dudes may rip a new one on a tank and vehicles, but it’s very useless on normal riflemen.
The name of the game is to wipe out all enemy units and or capture the enemy HQ, and it’s a blast to play. It’s intuitive for starters as it takes you through the new elements as you progress through the game controls are simple to pick up. It’s a nice pleasant experience, and with challenges to complete with each mission.
There is other stuff to the campaign, there are the skirmishes which are random fights with the CPU if you’re looking for more content if you so desire. There is also online multiplayer which sounds cool but annoyingly the servers are quite vacant so unless you know a kindred spirit out there who’s got the game itself then you’re out of luck matey. For every campaign mission/skirmish, you gain points, which can be spent on new levels of skirmishes which is cool. There is enough to subside the campaign, but there are around 39 missions to clock through. So there is more than enough with little games here and there.
Other stuff to mention I do like the art style and the graphics, it looks distinct and also pleasant. The soundtrack is alright, and the audio as well. The game technically has no real bugs or glitches of an apocalyptic nature to report.
Tiny Metal Full Metal Rumble
While the plot is very hard to follow and a disregard of idiots like me who don’t know what's happened in the previous game. I enjoyed Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble and it nails the gameplay well. It's simple to pick up and intuitive and above all else fun.
- Fun and intuitive gameplay
- Plenty of content on offer
- Informative tutorials
- The story is hard to follow as an intro to the series
- Could do with a catch up in the story
- Online multiplayer is vacant
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