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Jul
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You almost have to respect the developers of Game of Thrones Ascent, a free-to-play role playing game based on HBO's uber-popular dark fantasy series. It takes real guts to make a text-based game these days, especially one that's clearly aiming for a wide audience. And despite the pretty backgrounds and sweeping music, that's what Ascent is: a text-based adventure game, set in the unforgiving and ruthless lands of Westeros. It's a free download in the Play Store.

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You start off by creating a character who's in charge of his or her own House, pledged to one of the major players in the fictional kingdom. While you technically owe fealty to your lord, the only real goal is to amass as much wealth and power as possible while advancing through the story. You can do this via trade, military might, or Littlefinger-style backstabbing, interacting with the various characters and alliances from the show as the story progresses from roughly the first season. The developers clearly have a reverence for the source material, as each location and major plotline is painstakingly detailed. If you're hoping for the action-packed thrills of a late season episode, look elsewhere - the game is all about reading everything and making the right choices. Basic crafting, hero recruitment, and guilds are also included.

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All that being said, Game of Thrones Ascent is free-to-play, with the usual trappings therein. Currency for building up your city or army comes in silver and gold, the latter of which is much more scarce, and you'll have to pay extra to speed up the artificially-inflated action timers. Naturally you can pay real money for fake coins, turning what could be a deep RPG experience into a cost-benefit equation. The problem is exacerbated by a semi-competitive multiplayer system inherited from the browser and iOS versions. That means that whoever currently occupies the Iron Throne probably had to pay enough to buy Casterly Rock to get there.

Fans desperate for new Game of Thrones material might get a kick out of Ascent, but your time (and money) might be better spent by simply buying the Song of Ice and Fire e-books in the Play Store.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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  • Rob Cook

    "based on HBO's uber-popular dark fantasy series" you mean based on these things called books right? http://www.amazon.com/George-Martins-Thrones-5-Book-Boxed/dp/0345535529/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405520806&sr=1-1&keywords=game+of+thrones

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Considering the logos and promotional material, no, it's based on the show. They almost certainly use the books for more filler material, but the show audience is who they're aiming for.

      And thanks for the sarcastic link. I've already read them all.

  • Godspoken

    I used to play this on the web. A little too story-heavy for me, though.

  • Guest

    :D

  • Amit_N

    hahaha

  • manish

    =D

  • Jephri

    Poor Tyrion

  • manish

    :P

  • EowynCarter

    The game sound intersting.
    But free to play ?? -> NO !!

    • Steve Freeman

      I always forget how they force you to pay in F2P games. They actually control your mind and make you press "Purchase" over and over...the devils!

      • cwagner

        The description here makes it sound like you have to to make the game playable and enjoyable.

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  • Harsha

    Not compatible with Galaxy S2. Anyone else?

    • Steve Freeman

      Anyone else have a 3 year old phone? ...No, probably not.

      • Eddie Hooper

        I mean, I get what you're going for, but how many iPhone 4's and 4s' do you see people using? A ton.

        • Steve Freeman

          And those people are no less sad, when you can literally get significantly newer phones from Amazon (or even directly from the carrier) for as low as $.01. Asking developers to support obsolete devices is just ridiculous.

          • Eddie Hooper

            Sad, though? Your barometer for what's sad might be broken. But whatever.

          • Steve Freeman

            Yes, holding onto a 3+ year old device, when you can get a newer one for free, is sad. I'm not saying there aren't worse things in the world, because obviously this is a first world problem. But it's still sad.

          • vijacdblz

            Not everyone is in usa idiot..

          • Steve Freeman

            Where did I say everyone was?

          • vnb

            Why? Why should anyone change their rectangle brick when they can still get the latest software updates on it?

          • Steve Freeman

            Because old phones run the newest versions of Android and any applications you have poorly? The same reason you would upgrade a PC or laptop? It's not rocket science.

          • Earnest

            Next would be a Samsung Galaxy S3, hum? Still would be 150,00 EUR (or about 200$) on Amazon.. but hey.. whatever you are talking about..

          • Steve Freeman

            I have no idea what your comment even means, so I can't really argue with your point... You had one, right?

          • EowynCarter

            Phone are never free, you're paying them in the phone plan.

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