Tiny Epic Tactics Review

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Tiny Epic Tactics - Gamelyn Games - $30

Game title: Tiny Epic Tactics

Game description: Tiny Epic Tactics utilizes a simple combat system with variable player powers and 3D terrain to achieve endless layers of strategy and fun.

Overall
3.8
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

There have been plenty of games out there that have tried to capture the feel of video games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and the like. A lot of them are really good, yet still fall a bit short of their mark. Along comes Gamelyn with Tiny Epic Tactics, a game that aims to capture that feel, have a 3D playing field AND fit in a tiny box. That’s quite feat to pull off. Does Tiny Epic Tactics live up to the promises?

Pros

  • Tiny and Epic
  • Multiple game modes
  • Awesome 3D terrain

Cons

  • A bit simpler than expected
  • Map scroll curling

Full Tiny Epic Tactics Review

There have been plenty of games out there that have tried to capture the feel of video games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, and the like. A lot of them are really good, yet still fall a bit short of their mark. Along comes Gamelyn with Tiny Epic Tactics, a game that aims to capture that feel, have a 3D playing field AND fit in a tiny box. That’s quite feat to pull off. Does Tiny Epic Tactics live up to the promises?

Gamelyn has an excellent track record with its Tiny Epic series of games. There wasn’t much doubt that Tiny Epic Tactics would be good, if not great, when it first hit Kickstarter in 2019. Now that it’s in the hands of backers, and available in retail, we’re finally getting a feel for how it all plays out.

Tiny Epic Tactics Review - Set up
A game in progress with the optional game mat (sold separately)

Each player in the game gets a random Fighter, Wizard, Rogue, and Beast from the available deck of each type. Each character has its own stats and special abilities that can be used during the game. There are several ways to play, but the main way is PvP Control, where players are trying to capture control points and hold them for 3 rounds or defeat all their opponents’ units.

Along with each character’s special abilities, terrain on the board also grants bonuses or debuffs. Forests aid a character’s defense, while water hinders their movement. Villages restore valuable Mana and Ammo, while peaks let ranged characters attack anywhere on the board. Terrain height also comes into play when moving around the board, as do “portals,” doors and caverns that allow you to enter one and come out of any other on the map.

Some play modes even have you delving into dungeons. Each terrain piece can be flipped over to reveal its dungeon side, adding another layer of depth to the game. Tiny Epic Tactics lets you play PvP, cooperative, or solo. There’s tons to do inside this little box.

Dungeons and monsters, oh my!

Play is simple, with each player taking 3 actions each turn. You can move, melee attack, ranged attack, or cast a spell. If a single character takes more than 1 action in a round they become exhausted and cannot act again until another round has completed. Attacks can also knock back opponents, useful for pushing them into difficult terrain or off prized control spaces or peaks. Dice are used to determine if knock backs work, how much ammo is used when attempting ranged attacks, or if certain spell effects take place.

Overall Tiny Epic Tactics is a seriously solid game with a lot of features that really capture that Tactics feel. While combat and classes are handled in a very simple way, it doesn’t detract from the overall feel of the game as a whole. The only real pain is the cloth map that provides a bulk of the play space. Having to roll it up to store it means it curls pretty badly during play.

It’s amazing how much Gamelyn manages to fit into these titles. Tiny Epic Tactics, with its deck of character classes, multiple game modes, and ability to expand with extra maps, is a wonderful game that certainly belongs on shelves of fantasy RPG and tactics fans. Each game mode presents a unique way to play that guarantees the game will hit your table quite a bit.

A copy of Tiny Epic Tactics was provided free for review by Gamelyn Games

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