Based on the excellent series of fantasy books, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones has become one of the hottest television shows in the world since it debuted in its television form on HBO a few years back. The cloak and dagger story transports viewers to Westeros, a world where backstabbing and bloodthirsty royal families fight for control of the Iron Throne.
Microgaming has come to the party to gain the licensing rights of Game of Thrones for online casinos, while it appears that Aristocrat has the license for land casino versions of the property. The games from the two developers are entirely different, despite the fact that they are based on the same series. Microgaming has gone out and developed a game completely devoid of the characters or footage from the show apart from the introductory video, and it certainly shows here. What you will experience with this game is a Game of Thrones "light", which is a bit of a disappointment when all things are considered.
The game is a 5 reel slot that gives you the options of playing a 15 payline or 243 ways to win version of the game. Other features include Free Spins that can be re-triggered, Win Multipliers, Stacked Wilds, a Gamble Feature, and a big cash prize symbol which can pay up to 1200 credits. The bonus features in the game are split between four houses from the stories, choosing between Stark (yay!), Targaryen, Lannister (Boooo!), and Baratheon. Despite the disappointment of not seeing the major characters from the show, and all the potential creative bonus rounds that could have entailed, the game plays quite well and the choice of free spins rounds is good. I'll keep this spoiler free, but If you're not one to normally play the gamble feature after one of your wins, then you should make an exception for Game of Thrones as the feature in this slot is actually quite creative. In fact it is probably the best gamble feature I have seen on a slot machine.
Despite the big name license, the graphics and sound are average, and the lack of characters from the show saps some of the fun that you would find if the game featured graphics and sound taken straight from the show. Still, there are some semblances of the show in here, including the show's logo and the crests of the various families. If you are looking for a chance to get your hands on a slot inspired by the Game of Thrones series and don't mind the fact that the game is lacking some serious details related to the franchise, then Game of Thrones is a game you should definitely consider.
15 paylines or 243 ways?
It is also worth noting that this game is available in two different guises - a more "traditional" 15 payline machine and a 243 ways game where all possible payline combinations pay a win. If you don't know which style you prefer you can try them both, but keep in mind that despite the potential for more frequent payouts, the 243 way version of the game has a significantly lower RTP percentage than the 15 payline version. The 15 line game has a RTP of 96.4%, while the 243 ways version only pays back 94.9%. That is enough of a difference for me to recommend that you should always play the 15 line version.