For those fans who cannot get enough HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” TV series, there is an interactive video game series created by Telltale Games. In a Telltale Games videogame, the player acts on behalf of different characters in the game, making choices that affect the direction of the story. Released in 2014, “Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series” is basically an interactive spin-off-series of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
The story begins outside Walder Castle, in the Stark-and-supporters army-camp: Season 3, Episode 9, “The Rains of Castamere,” infamously known as “The Red Wedding.” King Rob Stark, his pregnant queen and his queen-mother have been murdered by the mutinous Walder and Bolton families. Lord Forrester, and most of his men, have been killed in the army-camp. Acting on behalf of the lord’s squire, the player has to return quickly to Forrester-family territory, to deliver an important message.
The player shifts between the perspective of the Forrester children and the former squire of their now-dead father. The children are spread out across the world. The Boltons have sent their supporters, the Whitehills, to occupy Forrester land. The Whitehills are causing havoc, and clearly want to see the Forrester house crumble. The Forrester children meet and plot with the John Snow, Tyrion Lannister (the imp), and others to accomplish their ultimate goal: save their home and restore their family to power. Will the Forresters outsmart the Boltons and the Whitehills, or will the the Forrester family be crushed?
Asher Forrester is a particularly fascinating character in the game. Until now he has been banished from the kingdom, living across the “Narrow Sea.” He has made a friend named Beskha. Beskha has thick scars across her face, swords strapped to her back, and is covered in blood splatter. She fights along side Asher in whatever violent shenanigans they get themselves into, and she helps him help his family against the Whitehills.
The goal is to learn to respond effectively to situations in a way that encourages other characters to help, and does not get the Forrester characters killed. The game follows the trademark “Game of Thrones” theme of killing off characters without the customary cinematic, emotional preparation.
The characters from the series look like the actors from the HBO series, and are voiced by the actors. The story is complex, and unpredictable. A knowledge of the Game of Thrones TV series is not necessary to enjoy the telltale game. Currently there are six episodes which can be purchased individually or as a pack on XBOX ONE, XBOX 360, PS3, PS4, or as an app on the Apple App Store, or on Google Play, or on the Telltale Games website at www.telltalegames.com/gameofthrones/buy. Episode 1 is free.