Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble is a serious turn-based strategy game dressed in an eye-catching art style. But as PC Gamer’s Wes Fenlon recently found out, Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble isn’t just a cute face—its story draws on real-world events to provide a grounded look at the impact of war. Writing for PC Gamer, Fenlon shared how TM: FMR studio Area 35 Inc. pulled from reality when creating the turn-based strategy wargame of intrigue:
I’ve interviewed a lot of people about a lot of videogames, and the real-world horrors of millions of Syrians being displaced from their country since 2011 had, up to this point, never come up. Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble is not trying to be a deep commentary on world events, but it does focus on a character whose people have found themselves without a country. The story starts with Wolfram, a mercenary from the first game who’s on the hunt for her lost brother while also trying to take care of her “boat people,” another refugee reference to the Vietnam war.