By now, you've probably heard that HBO's "Game of Thrones" has its own Facebook game called "Game of Thrones Ascent." This Facebook game is free to play and lets players conduct their own political machinations in Westeros. Players can ally themselves with any of the major houses in the land. With gameplay that is shaped by the decisions a player makes, this game is also expected to get updates that will reflect the content of episodes as they debut in Season 3.
But what you might have overlooked is that this Facebook game is far from the first Facebook TV tie-in. Back in 2011, there was a " Dexter " Facebook game called "Slice of Life." Launched alongside the show's sixth season, the "Slice of Life" game featured a blend of stalking, evidence collecting, and stealth-centric gameplay.
2011 was actually a pretty big year for Facebook games based on TV shows. In addition to the "Dexter" game, TV fans saw the launch of a "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" game. As part of a strategy to make the game more appealing, access was limited to the first 10,000 applicants in the early days of the release. In the game, you got to run your own gladiator school.
There have also been two "CSI"-inspired Facebook games. The first, "CSI: Crime City," debuted in 2010. Two years later, "CSI: Miami Heat Wave" was also released. Both games featured all kinds of crazy deaths that players had to investigate.
Gaming giant Ubisoft has been behind a number of TV-inspired Facebook games in recent years. One of the most enjoyable was inspired by "House." Called "House, M.D.: Critical Cases," the game let players diagnose all kinds of interesting patients at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Friends were able to help you revive patients who had "crashed" or aid in treating your referral patients.
Ubisoft was also behind an "NCIS" game called "NCIS: Major Crimes," where players took a turn being the resident "Probie" and interrogated suspects. The game let fans partner with their Facebook friends to form field teams and investigate crimes in Abby's lab.
What popular TV series will get the Facebook game treatment next? Only time will tell!