Why I play Reigns: Game of Thrones

Reigns: Game of Thrones
Reigns: Game of Thrones
Developer: DevolverDigital
Price: $3.99

I’m sorry I brought this game to the arena again, except that I’m not. I’m a big fan of Leigh Alexander and her writing, and I recall a time she used to pen one of my favorite Game of Thrones recap columns. (Laura Hudson is still doing the recaps and they are awesome.) And since everyone is salivating over the last season of this wretched show, I figured I might as well indulge myself with fan service while I still can.

Reigns: Game of Thrones is the third chapter in this mobile game franchise. Like its predecessors, it centers around a monarchy and its people. In this one, the cast of characters are all based on the only reason you pay for that HBO Now subscription. From the Play Store description:

Through the fiery visions of Melisandre, claim the Iron Throne as Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and more to carefully navigate the complex relationships and hostile factions of the Seven Kingdoms. Employ ruthless tactics to outwit political rivals and wield impervious charm on your fickle bannerman. Maintain the balance and favor of the people to extend your reign and maybe, one day, survive the horrors of the coming winter.

Reigns is easy to play one-handed since all it requires is a swipe to the right or left to make a move. But make too many wrong moves, and piss off too many people, and your reign as ruler is over.

What’s especially fun about this version of Reigns is that it puts a different spin on the Game of Thrones narrative. You can rule the land as Cersei, Jon Snow, Tyrion, Sansa, and a whole host of other characters. The scenarios aren’t too far out of the canon either. In another dimension, I could see these as plausible storylines within the franchise. And at the very least, you won’t have to worry about any spoilers for the show.

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