Twitchy Thrones is a real-time strategy game for iOS which started out as an entry for Ludum Dare 27, the theme of which was 10 Seconds. Originally, it was supposed to be a Game of Thrones spoof in which you had a member of House Righteous (meaning House Stark) with a 10-second lifespan in which to forge alliances, get married, have children, and the like. The developer decided to add a battle component, though, and although the game ended up being nothing but battle, the Game of Thrones references stayed in.

The original was a Risk-like game in which new troops spawned every ten seconds and players had to move armies from province to province quickly in an attempt to conquer Lefteros. The new footage shows not just graphical improvements (the developers are promising "gorgeously detailed, gory pixel art") but what appears to be individual troops moving around on battlefields. It will be interesting to see how the gameplay has changed since last August, though it appears that quick decision-making will still be the game's prominent feature.

Twitchy Thrones is set for commercial release on iOS only. It will be released as an iPhone app, but of course iPads can run those, too. The price isn't set in stone yet, but the anticipated release date is May 15th.

[Twitchy Thrones web site | Ludum Dare entry]