Preview

Tails of Iron is a stunning 2D Dark Souls with a rat hero

The gritty Redwall you never knew you needed.

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In Tails of Iron, you play as Redgi, heir to the rat throne, in a tale of bloody revenge after the Frog Clan assassinates King Rattus and lays waste to your family’s empire.

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Set in a grimdark medieval land plagued by war, Tails of Iron is equal parts The Punisher, Bloodborne, Redwall, and Dishonored, with a compelling story enhanced by a vibrant art style — and cute creatures.

Cute ... but brutal.

Punishing, methodical combat riffs on the souls-like genre with dodge-rolls, parry bashes, and fatal executions.

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Inverse previewed the game’s opening hour in a demo while speaking with Jack Bennett, co-founder of developer Odd Bug Studio.

Bennett says the game’s style was inspired by Eastern European block printing.

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The Four Horsemen c. 1496–98 by Albrecht Dürer, depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is an example of German woodblock printing

On your journey, you can outfit Redgi with a variety of weapons and armor forged by an expert craftsman. (Or is it “craftsrat?”)

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Shields are particularly useful.

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A bow and arrow is vital when handling flying bug enemies.

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Shops provide essential resources.

You’ll run quests through various bulletin boards in civilized areas.

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Bennett also revealed that each individual object is drawn and placed at a different depth in the environment, giving it a unique parallax effect where every object shifts.

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The end result is deeply immersive.

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Slaying every frog general is your main goal.

But you’ll also encounter some dangerous moles.

Killing Greenwart, leader of the Frog Clan, is your ultimate goal. Only then will your kingdom be safe.

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Any gamers who love intense, visceral, and challenging combat will find a lot to enjoy, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

If you love dark fantasy and cute anthropomorphized animals, then Tails of Iron is a must-play.

Narration by Doug Cockle — the voice behind The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia — makes Tails of Iron feel like a gripping fairytale nightmare.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown...

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Tails of Iron will be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on September 17, 2021.

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