Review Game of Thrones Ascent
Bring the TV show to life on your Android
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 12 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Quality soundtrack, quality game design, exciting plotline
Terrible on small screens, kills your battery, very common, impossible to play without paying money
Game of Thrones Ascent for Android is everything you love about the TV show, packed into one exhaustively developed app. True fans of the show will love the attention to detail, while straight up gamers might find it a tad heavy handed.
Game of Thrones Ascent aims to bring this beloved series to life on your Android; I think the only thing they overlooked, was how to make our gizmos ooze blood straight out of the USB port. The game is exhaustively detailed and developed. The tutorial alone took a good chunk of time, but once you settle into the play, it all unfolds in a very familiar fashion. You are in charge of a clan in this particular corner of the mythology, and your mission is to build up your compound and prepare for immanent bloodshed.
Most of the play, however, is pretty dry. There’s a lot of reading and time spent building this and upgrading that, but not a whole lot of action. This isn't so much a game, as it is a mobile billboard advertisement for the show itself. It’s an RPG, so the bulk of the action takes place in your imagination, but the hit to your wallet will happen in the here and now, not some imaginary mythic world. This game is virtually impossible to enjoy without spending money, and lots of it. Like most games of this ilk, hindrances are built right into the play, assuring that anyone wanting to do remotely well with this game, will have to crack open their wallet and let the true enemy here steadily loot your riches.
The graphics are excellent, with striking visuals that find a good middle ground between fantasy and realism. The animation is great when there is any to be seen, but the bulk of this game plays out like a graphic novel. I think games like this are the nouveau comic book; a visual experience more so than an interactive one.
The game functions well and I experienced no glitches, other than the belabored load times and menu transitions. One way or another, you will learn to have patience with this game, weather you like it or not. The app did drain my battery pretty good and ran the CPU hot. This would be horrible to play on a phone because there’s just so much on the screen, that it would never truly be enjoyed.
Game of Thrones Ascent is admirable in the exhaustive world it tries to create. Fans of the show will probably find this hugely satisfying, however, the play is exhaustively time consuming for what little is truly happening.