The 5 best mobile games like Game of Thrones
Everyone's favourite weekly dosage of medieval depression, Game of Thrones, is back for its sixth season. An excellent time for the bloodthirsty!
But we know what you're thinking: what iOS and Android games should I use to fill the time between episodes?
Firstly, that's an oddly specific request. But as you're clearly insistent, we'll indulge you - here are the five best ways to get your Game of Thrones-flavoured kicks on mobile.
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series
Alright, we'll begin with the obvious one. While by no means the highlight of Telltale's catalogue - and certainly nowhere near meeting the high standard set by the TV show - Game of Thrones fans could do far worse than to give this series a spin.
Set between the third and fifth seasons of the TV show, the series revolves around the fallen House Forrester in a narrative that runs parallel to the show. Established characters make cameos, but the series is an entirely supplementary experience.
It maintains the brutality of the series superbly, and the best example of this is in the very first episode - which you can download for free on both the App Store and Google Play.
This War of Mine
Game of Thrones presents a bleak view of the world. It shows a diverse range of landscapes, but one thing never changes: amorality rules. Everyone's out for themselves, and a sudden attack of conscience can be all that stands between you and a messy death.
This is echoed by This War of Mine, a wartime survival game that presents you with the same personal crisis as a citizen of Westeros: to what extent are you willing to betray your humanity to survive?
This War of Mine is all about these conflicts, in a depressive war-torn environment where you're tasked with striking a balance between ruthless, lethal pragmatism and a sense of charity that puts you and yours at risk.
So you want the fantasy theme of Game of Thrones without sobbing into your iPad? Steve Jackson's Sorcery! is the series for you.
A gamebook series still packed with meaningful choices, and a world map not dissimilar to that of The Seven Kingdoms, it comes with a sense of old-school whimsy that's a welcome break from the relentless bloodshed of George RR Martin and HBO's world.
A lot is made of Game of Thrones's brutal violence (and this article has been no exception), but it's more than a series of mindless stabbings. Every time blood is spilled, it's done stylishly and for good narrative reasons.
The Swords is a good parallel - it's a minimalistic and understated title that uses Fruit Ninja-esque mechanics to celebrate the majesty of swordplay.
Furthermore, like Game of Thrones, the violent nature of the game is contextualised by an expertly interwoven narrative.
It's an unavoidable side-effect of writing a list of games like Game of Thrones, but this has all been rather depressing, hasn't it?
So let's end with something that evokes a more positive part of the show's universe - how about riding on dragons? Daenerys gets to do it and now, thanks to War Dragons, so can you.
A free-to-play game, it allows you to take control of various dragons - each with different abilities - to rain fire on enemy bases from the skies.
The environments have a similarly medieval feel, too, so you can pretend to be The Mother of Dragons triumphantly laying siege to King's Landing if you so desire.
Did any of these games enhance your Thrones experience? Or do you have a better game in mind? Let us know in the comments below!