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Game of Thrones: Conquest

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired, unsafe cash grab from a massively hit show.

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Ease of Play

The basic mechanics of a strategy game are there, but there's a lot happening on the screen, which makes it hard to remember what to interact with at times.

Violence

There's surprisingly little violence, given the source material. Battles are shown in chess-like graphics, without blood or gore. 

Sex
Language

There's an unfiltered, unmoderated chat functionality in the game, which could expose players to inappropriate language. 

Consumerism

The game actively pushes in-app purchases. The lack of a filter on chat allows gold farmers to spam players as well. Clearly attached to the Game of Thrones TV show, which was based off of the book series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and other alcohols are occasionally referenced. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Game of Thrones: Conquest is a strategy game based up on the hit HBO show for iOS and Android devices. While the source material's loaded with violence, sex and other content inappropriate for children, the game's comparatively tame. Battles are visualized almost like a chess game, with no visceral violence and only a high overhead shot of a map. There are occasional references to wine, but parents will want to keep a close eye on the in-game chat feature, which appears to be unmoderated. The game does also attempt to aggressively push for in-app purchases, and some scam artists will frequently badger players with requests. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In GAME OF THRONES: CONQUEST, players become a Lord of Westeros, battling other realms, an army of the dead, and, from time to time, dragons. Working together with a clan, they'll attempt to capture seats of power as they work their way towards the Iron Throne. An in-game social system allows you to recruit bannermen and fight alongside allies, rewarding the most loyal with honorary roles. To build armies, though, you'll need to build your kingdom and harvest plenty of resources, either by playing the game for a while or by spending money in the in-game store.

Is it any good?

There's a great strategy game waiting to be made from this popular TV show and book franchise, but unfortunately, this isn't it. While it has some interesting twists on the strategy formula (specifically, the allegiance system and rewards for loyal allies), Game of Thrones: Conquest is a paint by numbers strategy game that any media property could be plugged into and it would feel the same. There's no sense of being in Westeros as you level up again and again, aside from the still pictures of familiar faces from the show popping up to assign tasks or instruct you. And the treadmill of gathering resources, upgrading castles and crafting gets old fast. 

On top of the game flaws, there's a wild west feel to much of the action. The chat is unmoderated -- with plenty of harsh comments being launched and a number of scam artists repeatedly sending out a URL for people to visit for resources. (These should obviously be avoided at all costs, because these links would probably try to load a virus or two onto devices.) The lack of control to eliminate these threats makes the game feel cheap, like the show that so many people love is being used simply to lure you in, but there's no caretaking of its mythology once you've arrived. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Game of Thrones: Conquest affected by the lack of blood shown in battle? Would the impact be intensified if blood and gore was actually shown like the TV show?

  • How do the themes in Game of Thrones: Conquest reflect today's real-world political games? Are there elements that are clearly kept in the fantasy world of Westeros?

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