Well before the first episode aired on HBO late last month, members of Boston-based developer Disruptor Beam had already seen a little over half of season three of Game of Thrones. They flew down to New York City and sat within a well-guarded theater, taking in the aftermath of the Battle of Blackwater and catching up on the progress of the encroaching winter. They know what's happening next week, and the week after, and they're using that knowledge to create the freshest interactive TV show tie-in ever made.
Game of Thrones: Ascent, free to play on Facebook and now Kongregate, captures the spirit of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by focusing on the most important elements — politics and the intrigue. You're a young lord, establishing your position in society using your cunning, wealth and force of arms. It's about creating alliances, forging relationships and choosing the right time to burn those bonds to the ground for the sake of power. It's text and 2D art, sending minions on missions, building your territory and harvesting resources to better outfit your agents.