When George R. R. Martin published the first book in his A World of Ice and Fire series, it’s hard to imagine that he guessed what lay ahead. While he was already an accomplished author and genius world-builder, no one could have foreseen the heights his novels would reach.
Two blockbuster TV series later, and with numerous other spin-offs in the works, we barely remember a world without Game of Thrones in it. It’s been adapted for every medium imaginable, from phone games to graphic novels.
There are also a burgeoning number of Thrones-inspired video titles. We look at a few of our favourites in this article.
Blood of Dragons
The Targaryen family tree is a complicated one to grasp, as ExpressVPN’s helpful infographic demonstrates. With numerous spouses doubling as siblings and uncles as husbands, it can be hard to wrap one’s head around it. Nonetheless, characters like Daenerys, Rhaegar, and Rhaenyra number among many fans’ favourites.
So, it’s little wonder that this particular dynasty acted as the inspiration for 2007’s Blood of Dragons. While the game was simple and text-based, it was nonetheless popular amongst players at the time – even though this was years before the TV show had propelled the books into the public consciousness. If you’re looking for a retro title to try your hand at, we’d suggest giving it a go.
Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming
It’s a phrase that still sends nostalgic shivers down our spines: “Winter is coming”. While season eight might have disappointed fans, this game needn’t, because you’re not committed to that ending.
So, what’s the score? Essentially, it’s your job to build, battle, conquer, and connive your way across Westeros. Once immersed in the world, you’ll meet many of your favourite characters and get to hang out in lots of familiar spots (we’re talking Winterfell, King’s Landing, and Storm’s End, amongst others). Not only is this a game that gets you thinking, but it also features some epic battle scenes to get your adrenaline pumping.
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Game of Thrones
There’s also 2014’s imaginatively titled Game of Thrones, which is – naturally – based on the series of the same name. This is a relatively low-budget release from Telltale Games but still an enjoyable one to play. It puts you inside everyone’s favourite fantasy world and gives you the chance to make choices and influence the narrative.
For diehard fans of the series, however, it arguably has one major flaw: several key characters aren’t featured within its gameplay. That said, it’s an excellent choice for those in search of a title that offers action, adventure, and the chance to spend time with some very familiar names. When it comes to Game of Thrones video games, there are surprisingly few good ones out there. That’s why we’ve compiled this list, which cherry-picks the best and gives you a few really great options to choose between. Which one will you try first?