Tails of Iron

Odd Bug Studio, United Label, CI Games

Strong Man
OpenCritic Rating
81
Top Critic Average
84%
Critics Recommend
Based on 19 critic reviews
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Tails of Iron

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

84%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchSep 17, 2021
PCSep 17, 2021
Xbox OneSep 17, 2021
Xbox Series X/SSep 17, 2021
PlayStation 5Sep 17, 2021
PlayStation 4Sep 17, 2021

Developer: Odd Bug Studio

Publishers: United Label, CI Games

Genres: Adventure, RPG

Set in a grim land plagued by war, Tails of Iron is a hand-drawn RPG Adventure with punishingly brutal combat. As Redgi, heir to the Rat Throne, you must restore your broken Kingdom by banishing the merciless Frog Clan and their ferocious leader, Greenwart. As you explore the deceivingly charming world, you’ll encounter a cast of unique companions, ready to aid you in your adventure. And you’ll need all the help you can get, whether that’s new meal recipes, blueprints to forge deadly weapons and armour, or even a land-chugging, armour-plated mole mobile! Overcome your fears. Rescue your brothers. Restore Your Kingdom. Your tail has begun… Master Brutal Combat From frog zombies to gargantuan grubs - and everything in-between - the Kingdom is awash with danger. To overcome each perilous encounter, you’ll need to study your opponent’s attacks and react accordingly! Thankfully, there’s a range of deadly abilities at your disposal, including parry bashes and fatal executions, not to mention ranged attacks with your nifty bow and arrow. Explore a Treacherous Kingdom Fully accompanied by the deep, raspy narrations of Doug Cockle (voice of Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher), prepare to embark on an epic adventure across the mediaeval-fantasy Rat Kingdom. Complete side quests and faction hunts for some additional gold-on-the-side, or join forces with a sharp-eyed companion to help even the playing field. Customise your Attack Adapt Redgi’s combat style to the task at hand. Heavy armour may provide better protection but can you really afford to slow down your dodge-roll? And then there’s the question of weapon; axes pack a punch, while spears are quick and nimble. Perhaps you’d prefer the all-round performance of a trusty broadsword? Overcome Savage Boss Fights While danger lurks around every toadstool, you’ll need to keep your wits sharp and your blade sharper when it comes to the devastating boss fights. Cold-blooded in every sense of the word, these oversized amphibians each present their own unique combat challenge, and you’ll need more than a good set of armour to come out on top. Brew Recipes, Craft Weapons, Forge Armour Redgi’s keep is also home to his brothers, Rem-Rem, Bam-Bam and Dug. Rem can cook up a health-boosting feast with ingredients found throughout the world, while Bam can craft new weapons and armors from special blueprints you’ll uncover… if you look hard enough. And then there’s Dug, who’ll update you about new quests available throughout the Kingdom. Features: Master brutal combat, inspired by the souls-like genre, featuring dodge-rolls, parry bashes, and fatal executions! Explore a vast and treacherous Kingdom, comprising six distinct biomes, each with its own hidden paths and secrets Immerse yourself in the compelling story, narrated by the deep, raspy Doug Cockle (voice of Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher) Customise your attack style with a vast array of distinct weapons and armour Assemble a band of brave companions, ready to aid you on select missions Complete side quests to earn additional gold-on-the-side Unearth special blueprints to forge new and powerful weapons Collect rare ingredients to cook up health-boosting feasts Overcome savage boss fights against the Frog Clan’s deadly, oversized generals Lose yourself in the gorgeous and lovingly-crafted 2D hand-drawn art style.

Tails of Iron Critic Reviews

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With its tough-but-fair combat, timeless storybook visuals, and unique furry fantasy, Tails of Iron is one of the year’s most distinctive RPG experiences. The intentionally subdued pace and challenging nature will definitely test the impatient, but anyone looking for a knuckle-cracking slugger, powered by a tale of valor and vengeance, will find Odd Bug Studio’s sophomore effort washes down like a fine flask of Bug Juice. Rest well, Redgi, your friends have done your memory proud.

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Tails of Iron is a fantastic, brutal, and gorgeous game. Placing rats at the forefront of an adventure game was a bold move, and serves the world that Odd Bug Studio has created immensely. The battle between the frogs and rats is intense, the combat is challenging - yet fair - and the wide variety of equipment is sure to make any RPG fan excited to experiment with new loadouts. I enjoyed every moment spent in the Rat Kingdom, and can only hope to see more from Redgi, his brothers, and this fantastic world.

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Odd inventory design niggles aside and shopworn concepts aside, Tails of Iron is beautifully presented and a roundly entertaining, surprisingly grim action RPG that boasts a grandly enjoyable combat system. Fans of punishing action RPGs and grimdark fairy-tales will find much to love here.

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Overall, Tails of Iron ties together a beautiful medieval world with RPG mechanics and a brutal combat system for a challenging adventure RPG you’ll be thinking about long after you put the controller down. Combat is brutally difficult, but although you’ll often be left howling at a defeat, Tails of Iron’s charming world and in-depth combat customisation will have you back before long, ready to try again. Oh, and just one more time for good measure: Damn you, Clubba!

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Trailers

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Tails of Iron - Gamescom Trailer: Arise, Young Prince (PS5, PS4, Xbox X|S|One, Nintendo Switch, PC) thumbnail

Tails of Iron - Gamescom Trailer: Arise, Young Prince (PS5, PS4, Xbox X|S|One, Nintendo Switch, PC)

Tails of Iron - Gameplay Trailer: A Warrior. A Hero. A King. (PS4, PS5, Xbox X|S|One, NS, PC) thumbnail

Tails of Iron - Gameplay Trailer: A Warrior. A Hero. A King. (PS4, PS5, Xbox X|S|One, NS, PC)

Tails of Iron - Teaser Trailer: Welcome to the Kingdom (PS4|5, Xbox X|S|One, Nintendo Switch, PC) thumbnail

Tails of Iron - Teaser Trailer: Welcome to the Kingdom (PS4|5, Xbox X|S|One, Nintendo Switch, PC)

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