Tiny Metal Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tiny Metal RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Board Game Adjacent: Top 12 Steam Games For Tabletop Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/k37tc/board-game-adjacent-top-12-steam-games-for-tabletop-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/k37tc/board-game-adjacent-top-12-steam-games-for-tabletop-fans Sun, 15 Dec 2019 10:20:37 -0500 Ty Arthur

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What did you think of top board-game adjacent picks, and are you going to pick up any of the games we listed here?

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Sound off below, and don't forget to leave a comment if you've found any other killer board game-style titles on Steam we should check out.

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If you've already played all our picks, don't forget to take a look at the companion list of direct board game adaptations here.

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Wargroove

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Wargroove is essentially the fantasy counterpart to Tiny Metal, and an even more faithful successor to the Advance Wars style from the Game Boy Advance days.

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The overall strategy and tactics clearly draw on board game design, and while there is a single player campaign, this is a game that's super fun to play in multiplayer matches. Despite the cutesy sprite graphics, there's also a surprising amount of depth going on here.

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Tiny Metal

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With Japanese anime characters but very western-influenced unit and vehicle design, Tiny Metal is an odd little hodgepodge of a strategy title that takes clear influence from Advance Wars.

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If you want a tactical, modern-day style game that's simple to jump into, Tiny Metal gets the job done, and the top-down view with turn-based combat gives it a clear board game flair.

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Slay The Spire

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Take a roguelike and sprinkle in a little deck building and you've got Slay The Spire, which manages to hit just the right combo of randomness and difficulty to become truly addictive.

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You'll die, a lot, but have a ton of fun doing it, and there's a different layout every time of course so you'll want to keep trying again and again.

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Book Of Demons

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This has got to be one of the most unique, interesting twists on the classic ARPG style in quite some time. At first, Book of Demons seems exactly like Diablo: we're picking one of three classes and heading beneath a church to start killing skeletons by the dozen, but then things take a turn.

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Rather than free movement, your hero moves down pre-determined board game style paths, and both combat and leveling are handled via a card system.

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This is all reinforced by the paper mini art style. It literally feels like playing a board game where you have to stick your paper tokens into plastic bases.

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Warhammer Quest

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Want a tactical fantasy game that draws heavily on tabletop rules but not crazy about D&D? Warhammer Quest is the game for you, and as an added bonus it actually utilizes a top-down view and token pieces just like a real board game.

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It's a classic loot 'n sell title where you get random quests to clear out dungeons of goblins, skaven, and so on, sell all the goodies you found to the merchants in the next town, and then do it all over again!

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King's Bounty Crossworlds

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Stripping out everything extraneous and focusing on what players really want, the original King's Bounty and follow-up Armored Princess scratched a very specific itch.

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The series combat is along the lines of Heroes Of Might and Magic, but there's no city or resource management beyond building up your armies and leveling your hero.

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An extreme focus on turn-based combat makes this a very satisfying series for board game fans. If you're looking to jump in, I recommend picking up Crossworlds, since it has both the expanded version of Armored Princess and the DLC.

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A full-fledged King's Bounty 2 is also currently in the works and due out sometime in 2020.

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Blood Bowl 2

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And now for something completely different! Yeah, those are orcs in jerseys facing off against humans and undead on the football field. Obviously, the rules of football get a facelift in Blood Bowl 2, since these players like to kill each other.

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Even if you don't care for sports-balling (and boy, I really, really don't) this is still a fun series for board game fans. Its complex, hard, and features a ton of strategy to learn.

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Unlike most of the rest of this list, Blood Bowl is actually an adaptation of a specific existing tabletop game, but it's changed enough to be its own thing in the PC version, and the animations definitely take it to a new level.

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Warhammer 40,000 Gladius: Relics Of War

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Considering the impact Games Workshop has had on the tabletop industry, from war games to board games and even card-based titles, it shouldn't be much of a surprise they've got a huge number of PC crossovers as well.

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While a lot of the Warhammer universe is pretty lackluster in video game form, there are some hidden gems. Gladius sees a massive shift away from the real-time strategy of classics like Dawn Of War and towards a very board-game focused take on the 4X genre.

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If you like a slower-paced game where you have to sit and think about your strategy, this is the one to pick in the Warhammer 40,000 series.

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Dicey Dungeons

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Most board games feature polyhedral dice in some capacity, but this one actually has you playing as the dice! Other than taking on the role of some d6s, the schtick here is that you need to constantly adapt to rules changes and new characters.

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While its wildly random, and it can be very hard, the end result is something like a cute and funny version of Darkest Dungeon but with a gameshow aesthetic.

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Age Of Wonders: Planetfall

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I don't think anyone saw the announcement trailer going the way it did for Planetfall, as the developers announced a surprise switch from fantasy to sci-fi in the long-running Age Of Wonders series.

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Although this is a turn based strategy game with heavy 4X elements, if you really boil it down, Planetfall basically plays like a complex board game with animations.

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From managing resources and diplomacy to exploring the map and dealing with randomized elements, there's a ton here for board game fanatics to love.  The recent Revelations DLC also just added a host of new elements and enemies, with another faction due to arrive in the next expansion down the line.

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Armello

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What you get here is essentially a board game built from scratch as a PC strategy experience. It's too complex and animation heavy to work as a real board title you'd pick up as a hobby store, but it works great as an online title. The clear Redwall / Mouse Guard flavor doesn't hurt either!

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Combining several different styles all at once, Armello is part turn-based strategy, part card-based random mechanics, and part RPG. Although it has a single-player campaign and AI missions, keep in mind Armello is very much meant to be played online against other players.

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Hand Of Fate 2

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I'm honestly surprised there haven't been more games like Hand Of Fate and its sequel, because the core concept is such an obvious winner for tabletop fans who want a PC game.

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There's a literal board with a digital card-dealer sitting across from you to pull from the deck and see where the story goes. In a way, Hand Of Fate is like a single-player advancement of those old VHS-based board games.

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To keep things fresh, Hand Of Fate 2 switches to real-time action during the combat segments for a satisfying blend of video and board game styles. Of course, RNG plays a huge role here, as you can end up with devastatingly difficult or very easy encounters depending on what hand you are dealt. 

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As the library of titles at Steam continues to grow at an exponential rate, its become clear that a game doesn't have to be a huge budget AAA affair to warrant dozens or even hundreds of hours of play. 

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There are plenty of games with tried and true board or card mechanics that can suck you in and never let go, whether you prefer fantasy, sci-fi, modern day tank combat, or anything else.

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Ready to ditch the first person shooters and try out something more tactical? Let's take a look at the the top 12 board game-adjacent entries currently available!

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Most of these picks aren't direct 1:1 translations of an existing board game, but are rather tactical strategy entries with board and card elements added into the mix.

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In other words, if you dig in-depth board games but want to play something on PC instead of at your dinner table, you'll love these Steam titles.

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Looking for direct adaptations of famous board games instead? Check out our list of the 12 best Steam board games currently available -- from Zombicide to Ticket To Ride and everything in between -- over here.

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Tiny Metal Review: Bringing Pocket Warfare Back to PC and Consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/ya0j2/tiny-metal-review-bringing-pocket-warfare-back-to-pc-and-consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/ya0j2/tiny-metal-review-bringing-pocket-warfare-back-to-pc-and-consoles Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:02:24 -0500 Ty Arthur

While next-gen graphics trying to simulate realism certainly have their place, there's something about a more artistic rendition that stands the test of time far better. The bleeding edge will always end up being outdated, but when you have an iconic art style, people will keep coming back and enjoying a game for years to come.

That's what you get with Tiny Metal, which utilizes Japanese anime for the character art and story, but shifts into an adorably cutesy style during turn-based combat missions that may bring to mind Army Men more than Command and Conquer.

There's no question Tiny Metal has its own unique graphical style and that the game presents that style very well, with a strong mashup of colorful landscapes and gray tones as you roll your units through enemy territory.

    I wasn't expecting a samurai warlord to show up in my tank combat game!

Tiny Metal Gameplay

A game is more than just its graphics, though, so how does it play? Quite well, actually. There's Skirmish mode if you just want a map to play, but the campaign is solid as well, building on concepts over time and providing varied victory conditions.

During any given map, there are plenty of tactical options to gain an advantage. Keeping fast-moving units at the borders to reveal enemy movement is helpful, as is taking to the high ground or flanking during combat. Your ground soldiers will also need to spend time conquering buildings so you can heal or recruit new units.

One of the concepts you need to immediately master is the Lock-On function, which has multiple units lining up from different directions for a single attack that deals multiplied damaged. Positioning becomes critical, as different units have different movement speeds on the grid.

 Using a Gunship to clear enemy Riflemen from a conquered building

Multiple unit types to mix and match will show up as you progress through the campaign. Riflemen are essentially the weakest, squishiest units, but they also capture buildings the fastest, so they are a necessary evil.

A full army of Metal units (the equivalent of tanks) sounds great, except that they can't capture buildings and are vulnerable to the rocket launcher-wielding Lancers. Even a large army of seemingly unstoppable units has a weakness that can be exploited.

Some Flaws

For all those positives Tiny Metal has going for it, there are a few cracks in the armored division. The AI needs a bit of a tweak in places, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see a patch soon addressing just that issue.

There were times during the campaign when it didn't make sense for the enemy to attack, since they would obviously get killed in the counterattack and wouldn't deal any significant damage due to low numbers. 

This problem is especially odd in a level where the goal is to eliminate all enemy units, since the AI is essentially working for you by committing suicide. It would make much more sense (and make the level more challenging) for weakened units to retreat and heal at a building so that you have to break off whatever you are doing to chase them down.

A few minor UI issues also pop up, like times where it's hard to tell which tile you are selecting when a bunch of units are grouped up close together. Furthermore, some nonstandard quirks to the keybindings will take getting used to, like right-clicking to exit a menu instead of hitting backspace.

Those gripes aside, Tiny Metal remains fun from beginning to end, even if it does need just a bit more polish.

 

 Bombs away!

Style And Story

Much like the art, there's a mashup of styles on the units that makes Tiny Metal a pleasure to explore, pushing you onto the next campaign mission to see what will pop up next. The main characters are all Japanese, while Metal units are American, Lancers are British, and Heavy Metal units are Scottish.

Combat animations are fun and change slightly based on environment and which direction you are facing, but unfortunately they do get repetitive -- as do the sound effects and taglines of each attacking or defending unit. "Wham, bam, thank you MA'AM!" was funny the first couple of times my Metal tanks fired on enemy positions, but now I just don't ever want to hear it again.

Outside of combat, during the story cutscenes you will meet some colorful and bizarre characters, like a crazy clown arms dealer. There's almost a Persona-style tone to the characters and interactions as you move along, with the main characters feeling like teenagers who are in positions of power for some reason while really evil people are showing up in their lives.
  Would you buy guns from an evil clown businessman?

The Bottom Line

I was playing an advance copy before official release when multiplayer wasn't available yet, so I can't offer any critiques on that front at this point. Based on the skirmishes and campaign, it feels like a multiplayer match could be fun but that there would be too much possibility for one side to get an overwhelming advantage too quickly by conquering unit production buildings.

On the single-player front, if you liked Advance Wars, then you will find Tiny Metal very satisfying, as the game is similar in concept but with a revamped 3D style.

While the storyline and characters tend to be more serious and deal with matters of honor, the actual gameplay and unit lines made me think of a turn-based version of something funny and over-the-top like Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

The mashup works more often than it doesn't, and it's great to finally have a handheld-style, turn-based strategy game of this variety available on PC and console again.

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