Netflix and other streaming platforms have been revolutionary for the small screen format in the last decade. Their unique delivery platform and disruptive nature have introduced us to trends like binge-watching and a slew of phenomenal television shows.
One such show is Stranger Things, a suspense drama that has received widespread critical and popular acclaim since launch and boy was I excited when a game was launched.The game is set in the glorious Eighties just like the television show and that means a lot of retro video game action. The best phrase to describe this game is “time machine,” the start screen with the blink animation and the whacky 8-bit music track transports you right into the 80s.
This game’s design and music are on a par with DOS classics like Dave, Prince, Pacman and Keen; you must be prepared for large dollops of nostalgia with this one.On a gameplay level, there are a large number of mazes reminiscent of games from the Eighties and be prepared for complex puzzles in search for silver coins and shiny gold keys. There is always a newer door to unlock and another puzzle to comprehend, making this game a roller-coaster ride! You get to pick characters from the show with unique abilities and the situation often requires you to cycle through them.
The game allows you to cycle through them smoothly, which is a relief. The controls are very well-mapped on the touch screen though one might find the tap to move element of the game a bit to inaccurate.Not spoiling more of the surprise, this is a great game that is definitely just as riveting as the TV series. Make sure to give it a try and beware of the rabbit hole that takes you right to the Eighties. Anyone in the mood for some Domo Arrigato or Take on Me or maybe Africa (seriously, anybody)?
Title: Stranger Things: The Game
Developer: BonusXP Inc.
Game Type: Single Player Action and Puzzle Adventure
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free to play
Innovative Gameplay: 5
Game Handling & Quality: 4
Value for Time: 4.5
Potential Progression without in-game purchases: 5