Be the king of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones: Conquest and fight for the Iron Throne.
Create your own house, build your armies from scratch, and fortify your castle to be the strongest in the realm.
Interact with the hit TV show’s characters like Jon Snow and Danaerys Targaryen.
Game of Thrones is arguably one of the hottest TV shows today, even if the recent season has ended. People are looking forward to its final season, which promises to be a cold yet fiery end to a good run. If you’re looking for a way to distract yourself until 2019, Game of Thrones: Conquest might be something you would want to invest some time in. In a nutshell, it’s an MMORTS game which is based on the intellectual property of the TV. Though it is based off it, we can’t help but feel certain that the experience is undoubtedly familiar. In any case, let’s take a look at what it has to offer.
Imagine yourself as the lord of a new house in Westeros, and guiding you in managing your holdfast is none other than the famous dwarf of the Seven Kingdoms, Tyrion Lannister himself. After selecting your House name and sigil, you will be brought to a tutorial phase that guides and lets you master the game’s intricacies. From there, you will undoubtedly feel that the experience is way too familiar, especially if you’ve played other RTS games before.
Unfortunately, Game of Thrones: Conquest is much like a reskin of titles like the Kate Upton-marketed Game of War, only with Game of Thrones characters visuals and lore. The tutorial and early stages of the game is highlighted by orders and requests from Tyrion Lannister to do menial tasks. These include building resource buildings such as farms and mills, as well as training units in barracks. It’s not exactly a unique experience, considering that everything about the game is a piece taken from a familiar cookie jar.
The game does draw you in by richly rewarding you with resources. Once you’ve progressed further enough though, everything slows down. It’ll take hours or minutes for buildings to finish, which may urge you to purchase premium currency. Though forming allegiances with other houses can make the game less lonely and help with progression, it’s not as exciting as it sounds.
Don’t expect much from the lore and story because there is little. That aside, the battles are rather lackluster, nothing like the Battle of the Bastards or the Loot Train Ambush in the TV series. To cut it short, you will be able to attack other players and enemy AI scattered across the land. However, your participation is limited to selecting which units to attack with, and after you set them off, they will march. When they reach their destination, an in-app message will appear telling you how things fared. It’s unexciting, but it does the job.
One thing the game does right are the visuals and presentation aspects. Although the bases are a carbon copy of those in Game of War, the art style is reminiscent of the source material. Moreover, the character illustrations are eye-candy, so if you’re a fan of the TV series, you would want to check the game out.
Unfortunately, Game of Thrones; Conquest falls flat and it missed one heck of a huge opportunity. A non-canon lore would have been amazing, as well as new and interesting battle mechanics and free base designs. Instead, it limits itself to providing a familiar experience, one that you may not want to go through again. Regardless, if you are looking to invest in a new real-time strategy game, this game is worth a shot.