Percentile Rank

Tiny Metal is ranked in the 41st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 29 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

38%

Critics Recommend

Based on 29 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Scored Reviews

PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jan 15, 2018

Tiny Metal is a great homage to the Advance Wars series that is going to seriously scratch that itch for fans of Nintendo's strategy series. Its colorful look, fun gameplay mechanics, good unit variety and a solid amount of content to enjoy will keep you busy for several hours, making this a must-buy for fans of the strategy genre. Area35 did a great job with this game, and I'm very glad this one made it to the Nintendo Switch.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 21, 2017

Tiny Metal has the core mechanics nailed down brilliantly, even if it has cribbed much of its structure from the famous Advance Wars franchise.

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NEOsite
9 / 10.0
NEOsite
aysnel

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Dec 25, 2017

Strong, indie response for Advance Wars from GBA. Quite simple, but unbelievable engaging turn-based strategy with an interesting graphics.

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GamePitt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2018

Tiny Metal has clearly taken a lot more than inspiration from the Advance Wars series, although they have thrown in a few new mechanics and a decent length single player which helps make this game it's own. The story is engaging, exciting and compelling and will have you intrigued all the way to the end with each battle different to the last due to the reveal of new units and mechanics along the way.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Dec 20, 2017

AREA 35's first UNITES title is a solid effort. Despite its simplistic looks is a game that demands a good amount of planning and strategy. Tiny Metal will definitely be familiar to Nintendo fans who are still looking for their next Advance Wars fix. While gamers new to the genre will find that Tiny Metal is a nice diversion for all those AAA games that haven't lived up to the hype. To still a phase from the old 16-bit console wars, AREA 35 does what Nintendont.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2018

It seems like with the release of the Multiplayer patch Tiny Metal is finally meeting its potential, though to be clear the support isn’t terribly robust by any means. The core gameplay is certainly there, and should please strategy fans, but the Campaign’s story isn’t terribly interesting and the computer AI won’t likely impress strategy veterans. Assuming you’re able to coordinate with someone online to set up a lobby and match up the multiplayer patch should make for a great additional feature, but if you’re just looking for a random match-up keep in mind your enjoyment will be subject to some luck both in terms of finding a match and it being satisfying.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 21, 2017

Tiny Metal doesn't copy the Advance Wars formula — it improves it.

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Switch Player
Dec 29, 2017

A lack of multiplayer at release detracts from how brilliant (and essential) Tiny Metal could have been, but it's the next best thing to Advance Wars that's currently available on the Nintendo Switch. Fans of that and/or turn-based strategy games will find something worthwhile here, despite that not so tiny price.

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GearNuke
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 8, 2018

This might not be the Advance Wars that most fans want, but it is a solid strategy game offering a decent amount of options and depth in combat.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2017

Overall, it's a game that feels explicitly made for fans of a very specific series in a very specific genre. If you don't like Advance Wars, you almost certainly won't like this. If you like Advance Wars and come into Tiny Metal with slightly measured expectations, you will find a good strategy RPG that borrows unashamedly yet reverently.

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Game Informer
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2018

This charming strategy game offers some cheap thrills, but the battles grow old quickly thanks to a lack of depth

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2019

Tiny Metal is a fun little strategy game, although a few issues stop it from being truly amazing

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GameSkinny
Dec 21, 2017

It's Advance Wars for a new generation as Japanese anime characters collide with adorable 3D units for turn-based combat.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2018

Overall, Tiny Metal is a very promising, and likely the best, attempt at replicating the successful Advance Wars formula that fans have been looking for. Although multiplayer has yet to be added to the game, and there are some minor performance issues, each of these can be taken care of with a few patches. This puts the game in a position to be great after a bit more work has been done to it, or to make an easily improved sequel.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2018

Tiny Metal is a love letter to turn-based strategy games of the past, offering a similar experience which doesn't overstay its welcome. Sadly, the game by Area 35 doesn't even try to move away from its main influence, the Advance Wars series, resulting in a game that doesn't feel particularly daring or innovative. Still, there's plenty of fun to be had, especially in Skirmish Mode, where all of the game's subsystems and mechanics get the chance to shine.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jan 16, 2018

A perfectly competent Advance Wars clone, but until the free multiplayer DLC turns up it's only the half the game it should be.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Dec 21, 2017

Tiny Metal is an admirable return to the traditional turn-based strategy genre. There's enough of a challenge both in the campaign and skirmish mode to keep players happy for a good while, but the lack of any sort of multiplayer at launch hurts its overall score.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 29, 2017

Tiny Metal brings accessible turn-based military strategy back into the spotlight

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IGN
6.8 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

6.8 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2017

Underneath a forgettable campaign and unimpressive AI, Tiny Metal houses the seed of a really deep and entertaining multiplayer wargame. But until a head-to-head mode is added, it's not much more than a set of unchallenging training scenarios broken up by far too much overwrought dialogue. I had plenty of fun with it, but didn't get the kind of edge-of-my-seat decision-making moments that turned the tide of a difficult battle I could find in similar games. I'd recommend delaying your enlistment until all the pieces are in place.

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Worth Playing
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2018

That's the real thing that holds back Tiny Metal. There's no doubt that it has the basics covered, and the new focus fire mechanic works nicely when you can initiate it. The campaign and skirmishes make up a very lengthy game once you put them together, though you'll have to deal with a lackluster AI in the process. 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.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2018

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.

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cublikefoot
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 10, 2018

A decent game overall. Nice unit diversity, but really poor AI. I would definitely recommend waiting until the multiplayer component of the game is released before buying.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 7, 2018

Tiny Metal is a fun military-themed, turn-based strategy game. It manages to put your brain in gear with the troops' different strengths and weaknesses creating interestingly close battles. However without a multiplayer mode, some translation issues, and a text-heavy story the game falls short of being a must buy.

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Geeks Under Grace
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2018

Tiny Metal hits most of the high notes nostalgic fans of Advance Wars are looking for. The lack of multiplayer and a few other missteps hold the game back, but turn-based strategy fans will enjoy the campaign scenarios. Beyond that, it fails to innovate on a well-worn path.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jan 3, 2018

Tiny Metal is a great attempt at reviving the Advance Wars style of approachable military strategy for modern audiences, but while it certainly looks and behaves the part, the poorly balanced campaign and uninspired narrative only serve to emphasise just how special those classic games were.

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Digitally Downloaded
Jan 10, 2018

What Tiny Metal, as a clone of Advance Wars, does unfortunately abstract things too far, to the point where there's no real strategic depth left. It's decent fun and there's certainly a lot to it, and that multiplayer mode, when it comes, will be a good time waster with a couple of beers on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but as a tactics or strategy game it's all too limited for its own good.

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DarkZero
5 / 10
5 / 10
Feb 2, 2018

I don't often criticize a game for not living up to the standards of another but Tiny Metal tries so hard to mirror Nintendo's approach I must speak up when I see failings.

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Gameblog
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 2, 2018

Tiny Metal tries to pursue the long lost heritage of the Famicom Wars series... maybe too much ? Every good idea the game delivers is always counterbalanced by several bad ones : the dialogs are nice too watch but way too long for the genre, the missions are solids, but the Fog War is fustrating as it is, and the strategy is sometimes hard to fiollow with such a poor IA. Only those who choose to forbid Tiny Metal will enjoy its strong content.

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Destructoid
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Dec 29, 2017

No, Tiny Metal is no substitute for Advance Wars. It does a lot of cool things, and it absolutely satisfies the same craving. But as much as I loved it at times, I hated it at others. It allows for pure turn-based strategy bliss, but there's a lot of garbage to sift through in order to get to it.

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