The studio that has created Iron from Ice is best known for story-driven, episodic adventures - their famous adaptation being of the “Walking Dead”, the graphic novel that went on to sell 20 million episodes and was nominated for countless Game of the Year awards. It makes sense, then, that they have turned their hands to another narrative-driven drama: Game of Thrones.
Taking place between season 3 and 4 of the TV show, Iron from Ice is the first official game to be based on Game of Thrones, the hugely successful fantasy-drama by HBO, based on the series of books by George R. R. Martin. The game sees you take the roles of three rotating characters associated with the House of Forrester - longtime bannermen to the House of Stark - Gared Tuttle, Ethan and Mira Forrester. As fans of the series know the universe is a cruel one where anyone can die. And here is no exception: Westeros is a cold, hard, gruesome place. And one where you will witness plenty of deaths by the episode’s close.
8 best gifts for Game of Thrones fans
8 best gifts for Game of Thrones fans
1/8 Arrow bookends
From A Clash of Kings to A Dance with Dragons, and everything in between, keep your books neatly together on your shelf with this bloodied arrow bookend set. Magnetic with hidden brackets, this wouldn’t have looked out of place at the Red Wedding. £20, justmustard
2/8 Game of Thrones 4D puzzle
If you ever wanted to know what Westeros looked like as a whole rather than having to watch the opening credits, then this 4D puzzle is just the thing. Build the first two layers to create a map of the Seven Kingdoms then add on the landmarks and you'll finish with a multi-dimensional image. £42, amazon
3/8 Game of Thrones Pop! Daenerys Targaryen figurine
The mother of dragons has been transformed into a cute, kitsch little doll complete with her green dragon, Rhaegal. But if the Khaleesi leaves you cold, there is a whole host of other characters to choose from including Jon Snow and Tyrion. £8, hboshopeu
4/8 Stark collegiate organic T-shirt
PrintedByRobots gets geek chic right with their subtle designs which fly in the face of nerd cliché. We like this black Stark family tee with its Direwolf sigil. But if you’re more Highgarden than Winterfell, they produce T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies in a wide selection of designs. All you need to do now is choose your house. £19, printedbyrobots
5/8 Game of Thrones - Set of 3 Mugs: Map of Westeros
Just stack these ceramic mugs to create a map of the Seven Kingdoms. It comes with a metal wire holding rack so they're easy to store. £30, forbiddenplanet
6/8 A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook
From Sansa’s lemon cakes to Daenerys’ honeyfingers, taste the flavours of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. This cookbook has been put together by super fans and amateur chefs Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, who wanted to experience a slice of life from the pages of Game of Thrones. Even writer George R.R. Martin has given this collection of recipes his blessing. £17, bookdepository
7/8 Game of Thrones King's Landing Travel Print
The East Sussex-based Teacup Piranha has created a beautiful series of retro-feeling artwork. From Winterfell to King’s Landing and Qarth to the Eyrie, the designs depict different settings from all across the world of Game of Thrones. They also produce Harry Potter and Star Wars-themed designs. £7, notonthehighstreet
8/8 Game of Thrones Stark Direwolves Cufflinks
Who said merch was all studenty t-shirts? For the GoT fan who wants to keep their declaration subtler, these handmade Stark dire wolf cufflinks are a steal for under £20. They are made from clay and attached to silver-plated bases. The neutral colour means they work with most shirts. £19, etsy
Here the focus is on the effects that a player’s choices have. The game is mostly set around cut scenes which require you to press a button to say a certain phrase, or move in a certain direction. There’s a countdown, and silence is also a valid option, though when an arrow is flying towards your head I propose you duck. The key highlight, I’m guessing, moving forwards, is seeing how the rotating characters respond to what each of them have done in previous episodes. There’s a moment in this episode where Gared can do something quite awful - and then a while later you can play as young lord Ethan as he deals with the consequences of that decision.
Although there’s lots to be loved here, the main enjoyment will be found by those who watch the TV show or read the books. Peter Dinklage reprises his role as Tyrion Lannister and Iwan Rheon appears as the delightfully evil Ramsay Snow. In this respect the episode does plenty of things right - it sets up a new world in a pre-existing series, with mostly new characters.
It taps into the right nuance of political overtones within the grit and death, and that’s something that should be lauded. It’s just a shame that it isn’t for everyone. Plenty will find this enjoyable if they’re interested in narrative-driven fantasy adventures, but they probably won’t understand the subtlety of the lore. Then again, it might just make them want to marathon the box set this Christmas - so maybe there’s something to be gained here after all.Reuse content