As you’ve probably noticed this week, news about Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series adventure game has been coming regularly, with its release scheduled for the next few weeks. Video game fans may be excited, but if you’re more into the Thrones than the games, should you be? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
What is Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series?
Here’s what we know for sure: the game will be released in six episodes, with five different playable characters. It’ll focus on minor Northern house, Forrester, and take place between the end of Season 3 and the start of Season 5, and in locations in both Westeros and Essos. The first episode is called “Iron from Ice” and is scheduled for release in 2014. Telltale has released a trailer, character bios and pictures, and has had screenshots of both show and game characters leaked.
I’m not much of a gamer, but I’m interested. What kind of games does Telltale make?
Telltale Games is known for making traditional-style point-and-click adventure games like sequels to the Monkey Island and Sam & Max series. Some of the most famous examples of the genre are King’s Quest, Space Quest, Grim Fandango, and The Longest Journey (and, depending, Myst). Adventure games tend to be focused on exploration, puzzles (usually via picking up and using items), and conversation, with little or no combat. This has made them a preferred genre for adaptations of shows and books, as they tend to be good styles of games for lots of story and a low barrier to entry for non-gamers.
In the past two years, starting with their Walking Dead series, Telltale has changed the form dramatically. The Game of Thrones game is likely to follow that model.
What does The Walking Dead model of adventure games entail?
More ethical choices, fewer puzzles, and slightly more action sequences. The first part is by far the most important–the challenge of modern Telltale games (which also includes The Walking Dead: Season 2 and the Fables game The Wolf Among Us) is personal. It presents you with difficult, no-win choices and you have to choose, and deal with the consequences….