Reigns: Game Of Thrones is a new iOS and Steam game from UK developer Nerial and published by Devolver Digital. Using the set gameplay of the previous Reigns games where players read through various interactions and chose a path by swiping left or right. Now players can take the role of various characters in the Game of Thrones series as they fight for control of the Iron Throne.
Reigns: Game Of Thrones is a graphically basic game. Players pick a character (more open up as you play) and proceed to read cards as various extras approach the new leader and request assistance. The impact of your choices are measured by four meters located at the top of the screen: military, religion, citizens, and funds. If these reach critical points, either too low or even too high, events occur that will lead to your character’s horrible demise.
After dying many times I was finally able to get the hang of the systems in Reigns: Game Of Thrones. Reading closely and starting to slightly swipe a card will give you a preview of the meter results, so pay close attention. Keeping a balance will allow you to keep going and accomplish goals the game sets for each specific character and playthrough.
Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the use of so many small characters, even some from the books. The writers did a fantastic job keeping the feel of the series and using existing stories or creating completely new situations that fit with the “no one is safe” feeling you get from watching the show and reading the novels. Your character can die at any moment, even if you think your choice is a solid one. Don’t get disgruntled though, as Reigns: Game Of Thrones is fast enough paced that you can pick it up and play a game while waiting in the line at the store.
Graphically don’t expect much, as the original Reigns games were made the same way with simplistic drawings. Personally I dig it, the characters are still easily identifiable and colorful. The theme song from the show is used and gives Reigns: Game Of Thrones even more personality. Speech is almost a throwback to the old N64 days, with made up words to simulate conversation. It is a bit odd to hear Milisandre speak in gibberish but it grows on you.
There just are not any great Game of Thrones games, yes the Telltale game from a few years back is decent, but it was based on so many original characters that it just did not grab audiences. While it can get a bit repetitive at first, as you play and open up more characters, Reigns: Game Of Thrones becomes a great time sink. Fans of the show and novels should definitely pick it up for something fun to do while we wait for Season 8.