Wednesday, September 11, 2013

There's a fanmade 8-bit Game of Thrones game out and it's free. Say goodbye to your Wednesday productivity

When HBO announced its plans to make a show out of George R.R. Martin's epic A Song of Ice and Fire books, many were skeptical about how the dense fantasy narratives would translate to the small screen.

Pretty fucking awesomely, as it turns out.

But curiously, the Game of Thrones saga has been unable to break into the realm of quality video games.  Uruguay-based comic artist Abel Alves is looking to change that with his release of Game of Thrones: The 8 Bit Game - a completely free and completely adorable little platformer set in the lands of Westeros.

In the spirit of the parody Game of Thrones 16-bit RPG, Alves' freeware game doesn't take itself too seriously - but it is an actual game that you can play so long as you're on a Windows machine or have a way of running .exe files on your Mac.

It kicks off with Jon Snow climbing the Wall, and also features a level of Daenerys fighting against the Warlocks of Qarth with her fire-breathing 'lil Drogon.  Fans of the vertically challenged will also be happy to know that Tyrion has his own level set in the Battle of Blackwater Bay - complete with an awesome chiptune arrangement of The Rains of Castamere.

The focus of Game of Thrones: The 8 Bit Game is on fun instead of fidelity (to either the book or TV show), but watch the video above a couple of times and ask yourself if that's a problem.

If you're willing to blow off your plans for the rest of the day, click here to download it!

EDIT! - Fans of Chiptune music will be happy to know that Floating Point, the mind behind the soundtrack for GoT: The 8 Bit Game posted free chiptune downloads of The Game of Thrones opening song and The Rains of Castamere (alongside a pretty nifty 8-bit arrangement of Dragonborn from Skyrim)