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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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 15, 2018
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 164.40 MB
- Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
- Version: 1.10.230818
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Requires Android 6.0 and up
- Last updated: February 25, 2020
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