I do not think there is anyone who would call Game of Thrones – whether we are talking about books or a TV show – a relaxing experience. It is tense and uncomfortable, with plenty of moments to make you want. But the latest spinoff of video games, an exclusive called Apple Arcade The tale of the turkeys, has a very different noise. This gives you one of the toughest jobs in all of Westeros, charging you with Night Surveillance, guarding a giant wall in a dark, depressing and dangerous region. However, despite this premise, the game has a cool buzz. It’s the kind of thing you can take a few minutes just to clear your brain.
The tale of the turkeys is what is known as an idle game, which is a genre where most things happen when you are not actually playing. It̵7;s kind of like a more complex Tamagotchi. Here, the idea is that you play as Lord Commander of the Night – you start as the first commander and eventually take on the role of later leaders over time – who makes important decisions and then waits to see the results. You will send expeditions to explore, tackle home dilemmas and field demands from different kingdoms.
It plays a bit like a text adventure. The game has three main screens, each with a different function. There is a map where you can send search parties for different tasks. This could mean clearing up a wild uprising or investigating strange sounds in a forest. You and the explorers will send the crows back and forth; whenever they reach a critical juncture — say, an impassable snowstorm or a mysterious object — you will need to give them orders. There is also a screen that shows nearby areas around the wall and another that serves as the base of your home. Here, you are constantly bombarded with questions and requests, dealing with everything from food shortages to madness caused by magic.
All of these decisions take time. When you send a raven to one of the running parties, there is nothing else you can do but wait for a response. The game does not actually tell you how long it will last, but you can track progress from the map screen. The last few days, I’ve been checking with The tale of the turkeys every hour or so, and there is always something for me to do. It’s a nice slow burn. While the game is simple, the story unfolds at a steady pace as you learn more about your brothers and allies as well as many mysteries around the wall. As an added bonus, you do not even have to know much Game of Thrones to enjoy. The tale of the turkeys stands on its own quite well.
Although most of the game applies to text and menus, The tale of the turkeys it is incredibly surprising visually. It’s a whole new way to look at Westeros. Each area is given as a kind of low pole diorama. It develops places you’ve seen many times before – whether in the graceful production of HBO or in your imagination while reading books – and turns them into beautiful little digital sculptures. It is fun just moving them with your finger on the touch screen.
The tale of the turkeys it is not the kind of game that will suck you for hours at a time. You can not bother him. But it occupies a pleasant space; it is a distraction for a few minutes at a time, but it is also something to think about in vain moments of the day. And how Reigns: Game of Thrones, is an unexpected but attractive way to explore the world of Game of Thrones. It is probably the only time that giving up Walkers White will be soothing.
Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows is now available for Apple Arcade subscribers.