Parents' Guide to

Game of Thrones

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Dark, violent, morally ambiguous adventure game.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

You can play only if you pay

The people are spending thousands dollar/euro for a game with full glitches! A vulgar chat ... my experience after I spend 4000€ is no to recommend
age 18+

Games of Thrones a Form of Escapism

The "Games of Thrones" is a show that encourages the audience to "escape" and dream. Although not for the younger set; this one's for mature teens and adults, it does however create "fantasy" in a unique and different way, which I guess speaks for its longevity on HBO. The storytelling is smart and crisp with strong continuity and cast chemistry. Games of thrones encompasses a strong sense of family despite violence and sexual scenes, but the issues none the less are very authentic; even though it is only fantasy. If you or a family member is looking for a good form of "escapism" and the opportunity to "dream" in order to escape life's realities for one hour, then Games of thrones is a show not to be missed.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

There's little denying Game of Thrones captures the dark and very adult vibe of Martin's fantasy epic. The land of Westeros is depicted as a cruel and unforgiving place where oppressors seem unstoppable and good people die shocking, gruesome deaths. Children are forced to become adults much sooner than they're ready, and honest men and women must compromise their principles for the greater good. If you don't come away from the game at least a little depressed, you probably ought to check yourself for a pulse.

But, although Game of Thrones is a finely crafted adventure game with great writing and interesting characters, it may seem overly familiar to some. In its bid to capture an authentic Game of Thrones vibe, developer Telltale Games (The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us) has erred too much on the side of emulation, very nearly copying parts of Martin's original story. It's most noticeable in the Forrester family, which feels eerily like the famous Stark clan from Martin's tale. For instance, the clan has a dead father, a child pushed into a leadership role, a daughter away in King's Landing, a mother trying to exercise her will behind the scenes, and a loyal servant serving as a ranger at the great Wall in the North. The Forresters are an interesting family worth caring about, and there are still plenty of twists that are shocking by their very nature, but we might have hoped for something a bit more original from the acclaimed storytellers at Telltale Games.

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