We got our hands on an early copy of Reigns: Game of Thrones for iOS, so I’ve been swiping my way through Westeros these past few days in preparation for a review of the game. For now though, I’d like to offer up a quick video preview of what to expect from this flavor of Reigns, which is brought to you by Nerial and Devolver Digital, and features the music and imagery from HBO’s live-action Game of Thrones drama.
In the preview below, which is as spoiler free as a game like this can offer, you’ll experience a full swipe through of Queen Dany’s reign on the throne. In fact, this is the first experience all new players to Reigns: Game of Thrones will experience, so you’ll get a great idea on what to expect the first time you try to rule Westeros and the four factions that can dictate your ruler’s fate.
I also cover the game’s minimalist menus and interface, which is all streamlined for one handed swiping. For the most part I dig what this game has to offer, and love its “What-if” approach to Game of Thrones lore, but one lacking feature does bother me. For some reason, this game doesn’t save your progress across devices, so if you install it on your tablet and smartphone, you’ll have to maintain two separate playthroughs of the game. None of your unlocked leader cards, general cards, deeds, etc. carry over between devices, which just seems odd to me considering that synchronized saves seem to be the norm for mega-franchise games these days.
It’s not a huge issue because this franchise is built upon choice and replayability, but you will go over the same few scenarios a few times if you keep wanting to play on a tablet and your smartphone. I guess if anything else, this lacking feature also enforces more replayability, because you can try different choices between your two devices, but I would have at least liked the option to carry my progress forward, regardless of which device I’m playing on.
Our full review will go live this Thursday, so stay tuned to see what score Reigns: Game of Thrones will earn.
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