Who knew that what’s roughly a blacksmithing adventure / RPG could be both engaging and generally chill
While I’ve played quite a number of adventures, RPGs, and life sims on the Switch I’ve never played anything quite like While the Iron’s Hot. Probably best described as a blacksmith’s grand adventure, you’ll be working to refine your craft while you explore, meet new people, and generally try to be as helpful as you’re able. There’s nothing terribly challenging about it, especially since it lacks in combat, so the style of play is more like a farming sim than anything in most regards, except your skills will all revolve around your collecting and refining materials, and then making a variety of items out of them. This will require you to acquire new recipes, which are usually tied to major or sometimes more minor quests, and in general it won’t take long to get whatever you may need to move on. Where there’s some disappointment is in the fact that while your skills evolve over time, the tasks revolving around your craft mechanically don’t. Sadly, the longer you play, the more dull the mini games you participate in will become, which is a shame given the amount of time you spend doing it. Some added techniques or excitement could have gone a long way to keep the game feeling more like a grind as the hours moved by, but if your goal is more to dig into the chill vibe of it all you may not mind as you complete your adventure.
Justin Nation, Score: