In time for Season 4 debut, HBO releases the official Game of Thrones Ascent game for iPad

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If you, too, take part in HBO’s international Game of Thrones phenomenon, the official iPad game’s a no brainer.

Available now free of charge in the App Store, Game of Thrones Ascent for iPad comes ahead of Season 4 debut, courtesy of developer Disruptor Beam who teamed with Kongregate to bring the game to Apple’s iPad and Android.

Based on the award-winning HBO show and literary works of George R.R. Martin, the iPad edition improves upon the Facebook and web editions of Game of Thrones Ascent (which already has 2.5 million players) with crisp Retina graphics, Game Center leaderboards, full iOS 7 support and thousands of story-driven quests, regularly updated each Monday with content seen on TV the night before…

From the developer’s iTunes description:

The award-winning game based on HBO’s Game of Thrones has come to the iPad! See what 2,500,000 players are already raving about!

Build your noble house, embark on quests and rise in power in the Strategy RPG based on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s novels A Song of Ice and Fire! 

Set during a time of upheaval within Westeros, the player can participate in countless story-driven quests, take part in Alliance challenges, engage in pacts, diplomatic agreements, marriages and betrothals to earn his or her reputation among the Great Houses and lots more.

Key features include:

  • Become the most powerful noble in Westeros! Choose your path to success through battle, intrigue or trade. Watch your Power rank increase as you take actions in game.
  • Become a bannerman to one of the Great Houses! Choose your loyalties among Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Targaryen or Tyrell.
  • Rule your own noble house! Upgrade your holdings over time. Build your keep, your lands and your forces.
  • Customize your character. Select your lineage and alignment. Create your own family banner.
  • Build and acquire resources. Send your Sworn Swords on quests and adventures, involving your house in familiar events across Westeros while gaining wealth and Power.
  • Work with (and sometimes against) your friends. Take part in interactive player-vs-player action, overcoming major challenges and adversaries.
  • Play alongside the TV series! With each new TV episode of Game of Thrones, new quests, in-game items and more are added to the game, allowing you to live out the storyline in-game.
  • Form in-game alliances with fellow fans! Create your own community within the game to discuss the TV series, game and more. Take part in Alliance vs. Alliance battles and wars with your friends.
  • The interface is rich with features and the game presents you with multiple choices during quests

Check out the screenshots below.

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Looks pretty neat.

It’s a well-made title and my only complaint is about some ridiculously priced add-ons available as in-app purchases, though the game doesn’t seem to be dependent on them.

The premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 is only a week away.

Prepare yourself: winter is coming!

Grab Game of Thrones Ascent for iPad free in the App Store.

The download comes in at 94.4MB and requires iOS 6.0 or later.