Game of Thrones: Conquest review: What can the new mobile title from HBO? Warner Brothers released the Mobile Game for the hit game Game of Thrones for Android and iOS on October 19th, 2017. I have been playing since the release. My conclusion: It’s fun, it’s addictive, but it’s far from perfect. In our review, you’ll learn everything about Game of Thrones: Conquest.
Game of Thrones: Conquest – “The night is dark and full of terror”
Game of Thrones Season 8, the last episode of HBO’s epic TV series, is still months, if not years away. Most of the fan-theories have since been released and yet fans of the hit series have to wait long before the release of the last season. To shorten the waiting time, there is now the possibility to travel back to Westeros: Game of Thrones: Conquest.
The mobile game for the series hit was released on 19.10.2017. Game of Thrones: Conquest is a strategy game for Android and iOS where you have to build your own home and army to gain control over the continent of Westeros. The game system is reminiscent of other MMO strategy games such as Clash of Kings, Forge of Empires or Vikings: War of Clans. You build your own castle, make sure it is protected by an army, and develop your empire through research in the Maester Tower.
And, just like in the TV series, you must forge alliances and be strategic in order to continuously develop your home. I’ve been playing Game of Thrones: Conquest intensively in the last few days and show you what worked so well and what I do not like so much right now.
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Game of Thrones: Conquest – What I like
Story and look and feel
The story of GoT: Conquest is impressive and just as addictive as the TV series. Developer Turbine has done a good job matching the look and feel as close as possible to the series. So greet you directly in the loading screen Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen with the epic, musical background from the intro song.
In the tutorial, the next known face runs directly across the way: Tyrion Lannister. Similar to serving as the “Hand of the Queen” Daenerys Targaryen as a Strategic Advisor, the “Gnome” guides you through the startup phase of the game, giving you regular quests and hints on how to make your home glory.
What sets Game of Thrones: Conquest apart from other mobile strategy games: It’s not just about constantly collecting resources (even if that’s part of the game). Rather, you have to enter into alliances with other players and actively work with them. Compared to other titles, there is not just one alliance you join. The vassal system from Game of Thrones was adapted to the game. On the one hand, one can be a vassal of his feudal lord, but at the same time have one’s own vassals. This forms a so-called follow-up, whose membership structure is arranged hierarchically.
A big following is also imperative to participate in the next highlight of the game. The conquest of so-called power seats. Power seats are the places and castles known from the series. So I am currently working with my followers to take the twins from the House of Frey, as soon as they are available. Because currently only the castles from the north are unlocked as power seat. Other well-known areas, such as the river country with the largest castle Riverrun or the Westlande with the castle Casterly Rock in the next Weeks are unlocked. Each of these power seats then offers the following, who has conquered and defended the seat,
Game of Thrones: Conquest – What I do not like
Unfortunately, the graphics of Game of Thrones: Conquest are not really overwhelming. Compared to other, much older, mobile strategy games, there are hardly any differences in the quality of the graphics and animations. It is annoying, for example, that until now you can hardly zoom in to get a complete overview.
The stability of the game currently leaves much to be desired. In principle, there are currently 2 main criticisms. Although I play the game with a Samsung S8, you can regularly find FPS burglaries and lags. Even if I have no other app active. In addition, the game sometimes freezes completely or you get a server error. Overall, Game of Thrones: Conquest still has some bugs. So occasionally certain researches are not clickable or units can not be trained. Only a restart of the app helps.
The download of Game of Thrones: Conquest is free. As usual, in-app purchases are also offered in this mobile game. These are a little too expensive to my taste. At the beginning you get (currently) a starter package for 4.99 € offered. As a start offer this is, among other things due to the 7-day second builder in order. However, the standard resources (wood and food) go out relatively quickly in order to use this second master builder really efficiently. In addition, the 8-hour peace sign on your castle is hardly worth mentioning.
Other offers vary between € 4.99 and € 9.99, which can bring you forward in the different areas (research package, craft package, etc.). With the larger packages, you also get gold (in principle, the premium currency in GoT: Conquest). For 4.99 €, the player usually receives 1,000 gold and 9.99 € 2,500 gold. While you can accelerate development significantly at the beginning, the less you get for that gold the further you get in the game.
Conclusion to the Game of Thrones: Conquest Test
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die”. True to the motto, which was already announced at the beginning of the epic TV series by Cersei Lannister, you have in Game of Thrones: Conquest the goal to conquer the iron throne of Westeros. Due to the many story elements and references to the books and the series you feel as a player quickly back to Westeros. A good pastime to bridge the wait until the release of the next season.
All in all, Game of Thrones: Conquest is fun and addicting relatively quickly. If there were not the regular crashes and FPS burglaries. But that will surely get Turbine under control in the near future. As a true Game of Thrones fan, you can not handle the game.