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​The Game Of Thrones Strategy Game Is More ‘Farmville’ Than ‘Age Of Empires’

​The Game Of Thrones Strategy Game Is More ‘Farmville’ Than ‘Age Of Empires’

With the final season of Game of Thrones just two weeks away I can't be the only one chomping at the bit for something Westeros flavoured? Well, there's a free Game of Thrones strategy game you could use to while away the time to launch... but it's not great.

Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming gives you control of a city and charges you with upgrading buildings, recruiting armies, and waging war. However, don't go into it hoping for Age of Empires, it's more like Farmville.

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The CGI trailer doesn't reflect the game well at all:

For a start, you're quite restricted in how to play. You can only place buildings in specific slots around your town, and while building is fast at first, the longer you play the longer construction takes. You can pay to speed up the process, but that feels like you're just paying for a shortcut instead of playing.

Combat isn't as involved as traditional strategy games, either. You select what troops you want to send into battle and then it autoresolves, telling you who won. You don't command the soldiers in battle, let alone see the battle take place.

If you're looking for an idle game to have running in the background, Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming could be a nice distraction, but if you're wanting something that's similar in theme if not setting you're better off playing Mount & Blade, the RPG where you can raise an army and ride into battle, or Endless Legend, the strategy game that lets you build a kingdom and take control of a continent.

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Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: video games, gamingbible, Game of Thrones

Julian Benson

Senior journalist at GAMINGbible. Former deputy editor of PCGamesN and news editor of Kotaku UK. Written for Eurogamer, PC Gamer, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Wired, and GamesMaster. Author of 'Rags, Bones and Tea Leaves'. Contact: [email protected]

 

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