Game of Thrones information:
Game of Thrones, by professional aged-sailor-lookalike George R.R Martin, is one of the largest media presences currently running. It has been called the Hobbit of our time and the greatest modern fantasy series. Starting with books and moving into a much beloved television series, there is no way to avoid the juggernaut which it has become. It was only a matter of time, then, that it made its move into the world of online pokies.
The gambling software system created by Microgaming has proven to be one of the most popular and versatile around. There are hundreds of sites which use the software, which offer hundreds of the pokies that their team has created. The Game of Throne pokie was released late in 2014.
As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems, such is the versatility on offer.
Game of Thrones comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1
- The maximum coins bet sits at 10
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.02
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 95%, which is about average.
Game of Thrones comes with all of the options which a player would come to expect from a modern online pokie.
- Game Play Settings
These allow the player to select quickspin for both regular play and free spin bonus games. This speeds up the reels so there is less waiting around. This section also offers the ability to switch off all gamble features offered by the game.
- Graphics Settings
These graphics settings on offer by Game of Thrones allow the player to choose one of two options. The enhanced selection makes the game look as pretty as possible. The basic selection cuts out a lot of the effects and allows the game to perform better on less powerful hardware.
- Sound Settings
These settings allow the user to choose between four options. These are switch off all sounds, switch off game sounds, switch off win sounds and switch off background sounds.
- Balance, Bet and Win Values
This allows the player to display the currency as either credits or coins.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay and bet buttons. When clicked, the bet button simply allows the play to customise the amount of coins they wish to wager and the coin size.
The autoplay button gives the player the ability to choose 10x, 25x, 50x and 100x autospin, as well as the ability to stop only when the stop button is pressed. Player can also further customise their autoplay by clicking on the custom button. This allows the player to manually enter the spins they want and select one of two end conditions. These are either when all spins are completed or when wins meet or exceed an entered amount.
Other Helpful Additions
Also offered on the game itself is question mark icon which, when clicked, leads the user to a help page to answer any basic questions which the user might have. There is also a View Pays button which opens up further information on payouts and bonuses.
Clicking on the coins button quick-changes between coins and credits display, while clicking on the win button shows the top 5 wins. How these wins came about, and from where is not listed, however.
Game of Thrones also includes a stats button. When clicked this brings up a page which shows a variety of interesting information pertaining to the current session. This includes the top three highest wins as well as spins played, session time and average spins per hour.
The television series for which was the basis of this game was itself based on a series of books. Specifically these are the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin. The first of these books, from which the T.V series took its name, was A Game of Thrones.
Martin began writing the series in 1991, and had it published in 1996. Since then it enjoyed a cult following of fantasy fans before exploding into mainstream popularity in the early 2000's. This series is still ongoing, with two more books predicted to be coming. There is a problem, though, in that the books are very slow to come out. This has proved problematic with the T.V series, as it has currently overtaken where the books were left with the latest entry.
The general plot revolves around the people and royalty of Westeros, a fictional kingdom similar to medieval Europe. In this story the various factions compete for control after the death of the previous king. With this comes murder, sabotage, betrayal and, naturally, dragons.
Other Features and Bonuses
The stacked wilds symbol in this game comes in the form of a Game of Thrones logo.
- 3 of these give a bonus of 500
- 4 give a bonus of 1000
- 5 give a bonus of 5000
This can substitute for any icon except the scatter symbol. It can also create its own winning combination when multiples of the symbol appear on the same payline. In the event that more than one winning combination appears with the wild symbol only the highest paying of the possible combinations will payout.
The scatter symbol in Game of Thrones comes in the form of the throne of Westeros. Yes, that is a throne. It looks like that because it's made out of swords. These do not need to be on same payline in order for their bonuses to be generated.
- 2 scatter icons awards a random cash prize
- 3 scatter icons give a bonus of 300
- 4 scatter icons give a bonus of 6,000
- 5 scatter icons give a bonus of 60,000
If three or more of these symbols appear on a single spin then the free spins bonus game selection starts. These can be re-triggered during these bonus games.
Game of Thrones also includes a gamble feature which is accessed on any winning spin. This game can be skipped and will not be accessed if the wins during that spin exceed the gamble activation limit.
This gamble feature includes a total of 4 stages. Each of these are carried out by a coin toss. In each round the player can choose to flip the coin, or quit. A win doubles the players winnings, whereas a loss loses all the money gambled. This game will automatically end if the gamble limit is reached. All winnings will be collected automatically.
Before the bonus spins game starts the player must choose which of the houses included from the Game of Thrones they wish to play. Each of these have a different multiplier, spin amount and stacking symbols.
- The House of Baratheon, with the sigil of a stag against a yellow background comes with 8 free spins. This game gives a 5x multiplier and the stacks occur with 3 Baratheon symbols.
- The House of Lannister, with the sigil of a lion against a red background comes with 10 free spins. This game gives a 4x multiplier and the stacks occur with 4 Lannister symbols.
- The House of Stark, with the sigil of a direwolf against a pale yellow or white background comes with 14 free spins. This game gives a 3x multiplier and the stacks occur with 5 Stark symbols.
- The House of Targaryen, with the sigil of a three-headed red dragon against a black background comes with 18 free spins. This game gives a 2x multiplier and the stacks occur with 6 Targaryen symbols.
How to Play:
For new users who want a basic experience the player need only select their bet and click spin. From here the player can also click on the bet button in order to change the coin size and total amount of coins bet.
More advanced users can choose to click on the autoplay button in order to bring up additional options. In this section the user can choose to autospin 10, 25, 50 or 100 times. Alternatively they can choose to keep games running until they manually click on the stop button.
If the custom button is clicked in this autoplay section the player gains access to further customisation options. These include the ability to manually enter the amount of spins that they want to perform and set one of two stopping options. These options are to either stop when all of the spins are complete or when a certain amount has been won or exceeded.
Overall Design and Usability:
There is not doubt that the inspiration for this game comes directly from the show. Included in the graphics are animations and symbols lifted directly from the T.V series, including the iconic intro sequence. This also means that the royal card numbers are more well suited to the theme than they are for most games. This adhenrance to the theme carries on through the house sigil, scatter and wild icons. If you dig the look of the show then you'll like this, for sure.
In terms of usability, if you've played a modern offering by Microgaming you'll know what to expect. The game is simple to play, comes with most of the buttons and options you would expect and runs well. This is aided by the option to change graphics options, which is always a welcome addition. The only real issues of contention are the lack of originality and the inability to select your own paylines.
Where to find it:
As one of the most popular software systems available, Microgaming services can be found on many of the major gambling websites. Already have a favourite website? Then check around, Game of Thrones might already be on offer. If it's not, or you want a more direct list then check below, you can find the game at any of these sites:
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Game of Thrones does exactly what you expect from a television tie in, and little else. The bonus games are nice, as are the directly inspired graphics, and the game performs as well as any Microgaming offering, but for anyone who isn't a big fan of the series might not find the theme particularly engaging. A solid entry, for sure, but just not one which does anything exciting or new.
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