All the Ways Game of Thrones Has Been Adapted in Video Games
We’re firmly in the midst of the final series of Game of Thrones, and with hype levels at an all-time high, many of us are wondering whether we can get our Westeros fix outside of the bounds of our television screens.
Well, as luck would have it, there are plenty of video game adaptations of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic.
However, if you’re looking for the perfect adaptation, it simply hasn’t been made yet. The Song of Ice and Fire novels and, to a lesser extent, the television show are massively complex, richly drawn and heavily dialogue-based fantasy that doesn’t necessarily translate perfectly to video games.
Nonetheless, plenty of developers have tried their hand at it, with mixed results. Some of these games are excellent in their own right, though, and certainly most are at least worth a try if you haven’t had your GoT thirst quenched yet.
So, without further ado, here are all the ways Game of Thrones has been adapted into video games.
A Game of Thrones: Genesis – PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
You’d have been forgiven for thinking that A Game of Thrones: Genesis was based on that very show, as it hit shelves in 2011, shortly after the HBO TV show began airing.
Well, you’d have been wrong. Based on the books and with no likenesses to either locations or characters in the show, Genesis was a PC real-time strategy (RTS) with a boatload of book-specific lore that played as confusing to fans of the TV show. For lovers of the book, however, Genesis is arguably the most accurate game.
Game of Thrones – PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
2012 brought a more faithful adaptation of the TV show – Cyanide’s Game of Thrones, released across every major platform. The title is based directly on the TV show and sees you take control of ancillary characters during the plot of the first series.
If you want to play along with the story from the TV show, Game of Thrones is a solid enough way to pass the time.
Game of Thrones Ascent – Facebook, Android, iOS
If we say ‘mobile’ and ‘free-to-play’, what springs to mind? If you said ‘timers and microtransactions’, you’d be correct! Game of Thrones Ascent was a mobile free-to-play game that had you pledging allegiance to a house before building up your fortune and influence, whilst playing through little story moments.
It was quite fun, but as with most free-to-play titles, it was designed primarily to extract microtransactions from you. The game shut down in January of 2019.
Game of Thrones Online Slot – PC, Mobile
You know your show has made it when there are slot games based on the franchise – and Game of Thrones is no different. It’s one of the many slots online at Aspers Casino and features appropriate Game of Thrones customisations, characters and sounds combined with classic online slots-style gameplay.
House sigils are found across the lines and, should you spin three scatters, you’ll be granted the opportunity to serve one of the four Great Houses of Westeros by choosing one of four free spin features.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series – Android, iOS, PC, Mac OS, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
What better company to adapt Game of Thrones’ epic narrative than Telltale – a developer that dealt virtually exclusively in dialogue and decisions? That was the idea behind the partnership, and it’s fair to say that despite the usual Telltale limitations and bugs, it was a decent enough effort.
The narrative focused around two completely invented houses – House Whitehill and House Forrester – who are being goaded into war over a land dispute by (who else?) Ramsey Bolton. As with all Telltale games though, your decisions ultimately had little impact, leaving something of an emotional hollowness to proceedings.
Reigns: Game of Thrones – iOS, Android, Switch
Reigns: Game of Thrones, developed by Nerial, is perhaps the best traditional video game adaptation of Game of Thrones. You’re presented with one decision after another in a Tinder-style swiping system.
Your decisions affect the future cards you receive and have ongoing effects. You must keep your empire in balance or, well, you know how things go in Game of Thrones. It’s a fast, fun and interesting game – one which does justice to the license whilst giving you free rein to make your own choices.
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