Game of Thrones proves to be a popular game choice
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You would need to be living under a rock for the last decade or so if you have still not heard of ‘Game of Thrones’. The award-winning show from HBO, based on George R.R. Martin’s book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, has been probably the most famous and popular TV show of all time. It has made millionaires and stars of its cast, and while the show ended quite disappointingly for fans, it still pushed the boundaries of what was possible in a TV show, with stunning visuals, movie-level special effects and a story which always had a twist coming.
The popularity of the series has been such that HBO has already begun work on a couple of spin-off shows, while there are also a number of other media which have been inspired by it.
Specifically, ‘Game of Thrones’ has proved to be a very popular theme for gaming. At the time of writing, there were nine official games out on the internet, with many dozens more which are ‘inspired’ by the show. ‘Game of Thrones’ has also been a very popular choice with online slot game developers, as movies and shows have always been a popular theme for such games, and ‘Game of Thrones’ and its impact meant that developers could not ignore it as a potential theme for their games. You can follow this site to see just how many ‘Game of Thrones’ slot games there are out there, but one of the most highly-anticipated ones is yet to be released.
Microgaming has an official partnership with HBO to develop and release slot games branded with ‘Game of Thrones’, releasing its first such game in 2014, and is coming up with a new game this year as well. ‘Game of Thrones: Power Stacks’ will have some of the most famous characters from the show, and it is being developed by Slingshot Studios, which is an independent game studio providing content for Microgaming.
We can now see some of the more mainstream ‘Game of Thrones’ games out there:
Blood of Dragons
This browser-only game was released in 2007, four years before the TV show first hit screens, and so is only based on Martin’s books.
A Game of Thrones: Genesis
This game, developed by Cyanide and published by Focus Home Interactive, was only available on Windows, and was released in 2011. It explored the history of Westeros over 1,000 years, with players vying for control of the Iron Throne over that time.
Game of Thrones
Another game published by Focus Home Interactive and developed by Cyanide, this time in partnership with Atlus, it was the first GoT game to be available on consoles as well as PCs. It was based on the show as well as Martin’s first book, while Martin himself made an appearance in the game as well, voicing the character of Maester Martin. Conleth Hill and James Cosmo, who played Varys and Jeor Mormont on the show, also lent their voices for this game.
Game of Thrones: Ascent
This game began the trend of a new game releasing every year, in line with the new seasons. Released in 2013, it was the only game to be made available to play on Facebook, while also playable on iOS and Android phones. It won 2013’s Facebook Game of the Year, as well as a Friendie Award. It was developed and produced by Disruptor Beam.
These are just some of the games based on the hit TV show which have been released over the last decade or so. There were also quite a few games which got cancelled during development and thus never saw the light of day, but this goes to show just how popular a theme this show has been for game developers and executives to use as inspiration for their games.