- “Reigns: Game of Thrones” is a strategy game that lets players rule Westeros from the Iron Throne with one of nine rulers.
- Much like the show, the ruler’s decision-making is constantly put to the test, and mismanaging the kingdom could lead to death – or worse.
- With nearly 30 different endings, the game gives players the chance to write their own final chapter for “Game of Thrones.”
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The series finale of “Game of Thrones” is quickly approaching, and not everyone is happy about where it’s headed. But luckily, there’s a fun strategy game for smartphones and PC that lets fans decide how the story goes.
Nerial’s “Reigns: Game of Thrones” captures the witty dialogue and political intrigue of “Game of Thrones” television series and rewards dedicated fans for their knowledge of the show. “Reigns” lets you choose one of nine leaders from the series and rule the Iron Throne for as long as you can.
Each ruler has their own perks to reflect their personality on the show, and playing to their strengths can unlock secrets and special abilities. While the game takes some liberties to place the different rulers on the Iron Throne, the storylines and dialogue from the game provide some fun ideas on where the series could have gone during its final season.
Here’s how the game works:
“Reigns” lets you select one of nine leaders from the series to rule the Iron Throne for as long as you can.
Whether your chose Jon Snow, or Cersei Lannister, or a another ruler, the king or queen is faced with non-stop decisions that impact the kingdom. Decisions are made with a simple swipe to the left or the right, but as the game goes on, the consequences can quickly become dire.
Keeping hold of the Iron Throne is dangerous work, so be prepared to die — a lot.
In order to be successful, the leader must balance four factors in the kingdom: military power, faith in religion, national wealth, and the people’s morale. Letting any one factor run empty or grow unchecked for too long will lead to the ruler being assassinated, or worse.
If the leader dies, their reign ends, and you’ll need to choose a new leader and start from the beginning.
Some decisions in “Reigns: Game of Thrones” are easier to make than others.
While playing “Reigns: Game of Thrones” doesn’t require any prior knowledge of the series, those who aren’t fully caught up with the world of Westeros should be ready for major spoilers.
The game is set during the last season of “Game of Thrones” and is filled with references to major and minor events from the show thus far.
One of my longest reigns was cut short when I caught a deadly case of Butterfly Fever from a diseased blanket.
Every playthrough of “Reigns” offers a different experience, even when you pick the same ruler.
Each time you start over, the order of events will shift ever so slightly, and changing your responses will open new paths in the story and reveal familiar characters.
“Reigns” has 29 different endings for its nine rulers, ranging from gruesome deaths to total triumphs.
There are another 49 “royal deeds” to accomplish during the course of the story, adding extra goals to every playthrough.
“Reign: Game of Thrones” is out now for iOS, Android, and PC, and it’s actually the third game in the “Reigns” series. The first game “Reigns,” and the follow-up, “Reigns: Your Majesty,” feature the same style of gameplay without the extra “Game of Thrones” flavour.
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