Review: Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble (Nintendo Switch)

Tiny Metal Full Metal Rumble

TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE follows a familiar face but new protagonist, the fiercely independent leader of the White Fangs, Commander Wolfram. Search for her brother and stage defenses on multiple fronts against the Dinoldans to stop their excavation of dangerous, ancient technology and restore peace to a land ravaged by the horrors of war.

Pros:

  • Bright chunky graphics with cartoon artwork character models.
  • 1.4gb download size.
  • Colorblind support.
  • RTS gameplay.
  • Opening tutorial mission.
  • Game speed-relaxing, normal, fast, insane and instant.
  • Awesome Mario Kart 8 inspired loading screens.
  • 3 modes-Campaign, Skirmish and multiplayer.
  • Jukebox-listen to tracks unlocked and purchased through the shop.
  • Metalpedia-Info on everything in the game.
  • Multiplayer-Join available rooms or set up your own room.
  • Skirmish- pick map/mission/difficulty and go.
  • So easy to pick up, learn and play.
  • World map-free roam the map and you drive a vehicle and can change between land and air, find collectibles, levels, etc.
  • Full voiced narrative.
  • Campaign-each mission has the main objective, optional bonus challenges, and rewards.
  • Difficulty affects fog, health, power, and abilities.
  • 16 heroes to unlock and each has their own set of abilities.
  • Combat gets actioned in cutscenes.
  • Success percentage before taking your action.
  • Can undo moves.
  • Lock on-have multiple groups of troops target and for all at one opponent.
  • Units can merge together.
  • Vehicles including tanks and people carriers.
  • Small maps to play on.
  • Some awesome looking locations.
  • Clean UI.

Tiny Metal Full Metal Rumble

Cons:

  • Long initial boot up.
  • Small online population.
  • Can’t send invites/private room online.
  • No touchscreen.
  • The difficulty is up and down the whole time.
  • No local mp.
  • The tutorial is sparse.

Tiny Metal Full Metal Rumble

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.6/10

Summary

Not since the heavy days of Command and Conquer and Starcraft 2 have I plowed this much time into an RTS game. Unlike those games, however, I have never had such a small barrier to access. Tiny metal is a game that cuts so much faff out of the genre and streamlines it in such a way that any type of gamer can pick it up and within minutes be in complete control. The story is fun, mixed with cartoon graphics and chunky bright graphics the game doesn’t only look good but also grabs your constant attention, I loved how I could just play a heavy-duty RTS but not have to micro and macro my way through, it was still challenging and having online is wonderful as long as someone is actually playing it! For me, Tiny metal is a top tier RTS game that streamlines, innovates and entices gamers to spend many many hours in this epic handheld gem.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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