The Game of Thrones pokie is a 5-reel, 243 pay line online slot game from Microgaming. If you've never heard of Game of Thrones, then you must have been living in a cave since 2011, when the series first appeared. It's a fantasy TV drama based on the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series of novels penned by George R. R. Martin. The series – which stars Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage – is noted for taking a very adult approach to the fantasy drama niche, and in more ways than one.
An eventual Game of Thrones pokie was always inevitable, and casino giants Microgaming were awarded the licence. The symbols used in the game are disappointingly free of stars from the TV Show, and instead are the usual array of playing card symbols from jack to ace and symbols representing the different houses, along with the Iron Throne. All 243 lines are in play at all times (there is a 15-line version as well) and you start the game by selecting your coin size and the number of coins you want in play. Your bet is always your coin size multiplied by the number of coins, multiplied by 30. To win a prize you need to land three identical symbols in sequence from the left-hand reel.
The lowest payout is just double your coin size for three jacks or queens. The top jackpot is x5,000 your wager for five 'Game of Thrones' symbols.
The Game of Thrones symbol is also the wild symbol and is stacked on all reels. It substitutes for all symbols aside from the 'Iron Throne'.
The 'Iron Throne' symbol is the scatter symbol. Two anywhere on the reels results in a prize, and two or more anywhere triggers free spins. You can choose one of four free spin options, each based on one of main houses in the TV Series:
Baratheon – 8 free spins with a 5x multiplier and a three “Baratheon” symbol stack.
Lannister – 10 free spins with a 4x multiplier and a four “Lannister” symbol stack.
Stark – 14 free spins with a 3x multiplier and a five “Stark” symbol stack.
Targaryen – 18 free spins with a 2x multiplier and a six “Targaryen” symbol stack.
All wins can be gambled using the 'coin flip' feature.
Despite this game being released with a great deal of fanfare it turns out to be something of a disappointment. The lack of characters from the TV show will disappoint Game of Thrones fans, and the lack of game-play will similarly disappoint pokie players. It seems very unlikely that the Game of Thrones pokie will ever sit upon the throne for 'King of Pokies'.Sounds good, let me play!
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