Game of Thrones Ascent Review
- Plenty of decisions and choices ad flavour
- Lots to do and manage
- Allegiances add further tasks and goals
- So many timers
- IAPs slow progress to a crawl
- Choices often reduced to picking a reward rather than for narrative
Game of Thrones Ascent is a nice accompaniment to the show, but even fans may be soured by its reliance on timers and IAPs.
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Game of Thrones Ascent’s premise is simple: raise yourself from the dirt of Westeros to become noble through some careful decision making and time management skills. By aiding the king you are initially rewarded a small holding to of land. Then you must then decide how you will lead your house to greatness: commit yourself to the realm, your family, or some other allegiance.
Whatever your motivation, most of the decisions come with three possible options. Some of these are visible from the moment the question is presented, while others must be revealed by entering into dialogue options, adding some flavour to the decision-making process.
Choices are also accompanied by rewards and stat bonuses. Choosing to hire a man whose dealings are always honest can buff your truthfulness, while siding with a treasurer who is more concerned with profit than justice raises your cunning. The problem is, by showing how each choice affects your standing, you start to focus on the rewards rather story - shifting your attention to the underlying spreadsheet rather than the fiction.
As part of Ascents main story you undertake missions. Like all of the gameplay, this consists of selecting a hired sword and a tactic through the intuitive touch interface. Your chance of success is judged by your warrior's skill with the selected tactic.
If your have sided with a powerful warrior, then combat goals such as skirmish yield the best results, while the morally flexible among you should side with more underhand options. From there, you just have to wait for the cooldown timer to reach zero to see if your plan has worked.
As wel as progressing through the story, you also have to manage your keep by building and upgrading your grounds with various structures such as blacksmiths and markets. These add additional perks, and allow you to gather resources which can further expand your holdings, and complete special missions with online allegiances. Upgrades can be acquired by gathering resources and waiting for timers, or just paying with Gold purchased in-app. Its a common enough system, but with so much gated behind IAPs, Ascent quickly feels constrained.
Game of Thrones Ascent is a fair take on the time management genre, but it offers little in the way of thrill to non-fans. If you can't get enough of Westros, though, you'll probably find it a fair distraction during ad breaks.
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Build your noble house, embark on quests and rise in power in the Strategy RPG based on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s novels A Song of Ice and Fire!
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"Jon and his designers took great pains to make sure the flavor of the novels is here. I saw alliance building, treachery, marriages, murders, and most of all the constant struggle to be the greatest house in Westeros." - George R. R. Martin
EXPLORE THE STORY LIKE NEVER BEFORE
Your quest begins in the days before the mysterious death of the King’s Hand. With over 2,500 quests and dozens of adventures, your decisions impact how the story unfolds!
CHOOSE YOUR BACKGROUND
Are you a fosterling or a hedge knight? Do you follow the Old Ways or worship The Seven? Shape your identity within the world of Westeros!
PLEDGE FEALTY TO THE GREAT HOUSES
Swear Fealty to one of the great houses - Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Tyrell, or Greyjoy - and consort with familiar characters. Perhaps Tyrion will drop by for dinner, or Ser Jorah will check in on your support for Daenerys? Or maybe you'll find yourself at Robb Stark's side in the feast hall for the infamous Red Wedding!
FORGE YOUR ARMY
Hire a legion of Sworn Swords to send on Adventures and explore Westeros!
ESTABLISH YOUR NOBLE HOLDINGS
Build up your Keep to craft gear and items, accumulate wealth and improve your stats.
COMPETE AGAINST MILLIONS OF PLAYERS
Earn points towards your Power rating, improve your global ranking, and rule your friends! Use GameCenter to compete in the power leaderboards, or challenge friends to match your Achievements!
FOLLOW THE SHOW
Frequent updates with content matching new episodes on HBO! As each episode airs, see new quests each week and explore the show like never before! Create your story through Seasons One, Two, and Three, and create your own history in our unique Volume You!
Prepare yourself: Winter is Coming!
What's New in Version 3.0.0Hello Bannermen and welcome to the Long Night!
Our first expansion to Game of Thrones Ascent brings you back to the North to fight White Walkers and more! Begin a new World Event cycle as a terrifying plague breaks out in the Gift. Carried by Wildlings and Wights, the deadly illness will spread to Westeros if you don't act now!
The Long Night expansion adds the new Tactics Feature! Tactics fall under two categories: Alliance and Member Tactics. Alliance Tactics are unlocked through contributions of all members using a new currency called prestige. These tactics will affect every member of an Alliance. Alliance leaders (or designated others) control which are active or not. Tactics are an awesome new way to enable extra benefits for yourself or your alliance, but chose wisely, as the night is dark and full of terrors!
Each week will also bring new quests, items, adventures and more!
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-- Added functionality for Alliance and Member Tactics feature!
-- Use Tactics to add bonuses that can affect your character or your entire Alliance!
-- Added a variety of Alliance and Member Tactics to apply.
-- Added the Quartermaster Feature!
-- Get a free spin every day for Prestige and other prizes!
-- Complete other actions to gain one extra spin per day!
-- Started the Long Night Cycle!
-- Added new quests, items, adventures and more!
-- Resolved issue where Prologue Complete screen had no background image.
-- Resolved issue where Friends box on Fealty screen had no background image.