Tails of Iron Review
Tails of Iron isn’t Animal Crossing. It isn’t a cute, cozy experience about talking rats. Instead, it’s a dark, grim fairy tale with “talking” rats. While the premise of building a game around rats might just conjure up thoughts of the plague, we can assure you it’s much more than that. These aren’t gross vile rats, but loveable, dedicated, and strong creatures. But, is it a good game? Here is our review of Tails of Iron! Plus, check out a first look video from Adam Roffel below.
In Tails of Iron, you play as a rat prince who loses everything and has to fight back against invaders in order to rebuild his newly inherited kingdom. Tails of Iron is a dark fairy tale full of death, destruction, and a gloomy atmosphere. Yet it is strangely compelling!
The game’s story is presented like a storybook, with a narrator and menus that look like pages in a book! As an aside, that narrator is none other than Geralt of Rivia himself, Doug Cockle! He’s jus the narrator, though, as the rat characters don’t talk at all. Instead, pictures are presented to convey what others are saying to the silent hero. It is a pretty unique way of presenting the rats point of view.
Tails of Iron isn’t an easy game though. The combat is action based, with the hero rat taking up a weapon, a shield and armor. The enemies your hero will face are not easy and you’ll find yourself dying a lot in this game. The combat can be tricky but Tails of Iron is still a fun game despite its difficulty. This is a great example of difficult, yet fair, a balance so few other games are able to achieve.
And then there’s the game’s graphics! Wow! Tails of Iron is one of the best looking games you’ll find on the Nintendo Switch. Not just indie game wise either. Tails of Iron is visually stunning: everything from the menus to the characters to the backgrounds is full of detail and just plain beautiful. This is a dark and gloomy game but its a gorgeous experience too. Dark and gloomy never has to be uninteresting and boring, and the creators did a fabulous job of not only nailing the mood and feel of the various biomes you’ll explore, but did it phenomenally. This is art I could hang on my wall!
As for its sound, Tails of Iron has a narrator who does a pretty great job helping the story along. The sound effects and music are good in this game too, popping in an out at the right moments to convey the various emotions are young, small hero might be feeling. It is yet another example of a hard working, dedicated development team not willing to cut corners.
Tails of Iron is an excellent game. Its graphics, especially, will have your jaw on the floor. The story is pretty interesting too. The game might be a bit hard, but you should stick with it because it is a really fun and unique action-RPG.
We highly recommend that you check out this grim fairy tale as soon as possible.
A digital code was provided for this review. Tails of Iron is available now on the Nintendo Switch eshop!