Game of Thrones Ascent is a strategy video game developed by Disruptor Beam for iPad, Facebook, Kongregate as well as iPhone and Android. The game was a 2013 Facebook Game of the Year in the Staff Picks category and a winner of a 2013 Friendie Award. The game is an adaptation of the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, and is the first such social network game. According to Martin, the game features “alliance building, treachery, marriages, murders, and most of all the constant struggle to be the greatest house in Westeros. The game includes the ability to engage in the dynamic political and social intrigue featured in the books and television show. The game has over 9 million players.
Disruptor Beam released the first expansion for the game, titled “The Long Night”, in October 2014. The expansion allows players to travel beyond “The Wall” and offers upgrades to the game’s Alliances system, along with new quests to complete and items to collect.
Game of Thrones: Ascent is a point-and-click casual, role-playing/strategy video game. The player takes on the role of the head of a minor house, swearing allegiance to one of the Great Houses of Westeros, building and managing a keep and army of Sworn Swords. Players complete quests and build their holdings as solo play, making choices that influence their alignment and affect future quests.
They can also engage in player versus player conflict, both one-on-one with individual players, or as part of an Alliance in larger-scale wars. These wars are scheduled in 5-week “cycles”, beginning with a week of low-conflict preparation, followed by three weeks of Alliance-versus-Alliance combat competing for ranks across eight of the nine major geographical areas of Westeros, and concluded with a week-long cooperative event.
The game closely follows the HBO television series, with weekly content updates following the airing of each episode. Quests allow the player to participate in major events from the story in various ways, as well an original storyline exploring the your character’s past and current events at your holdings.
The player selects their primary location by swearing fealty to House Stark, House Lannister, House Greyjoy, House Baratheon, House Targaryen, House Tyrell, House Tully, or House Martell. However, the character visits many notable locations through the course of the game, including several famous places in Essos.