'Stranger Things' Releases SNES-Inspired Game to Promote Season 2

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 - 9:19PM
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 - 9:19PM
'Stranger Things' Releases SNES-Inspired Game to Promote Season 2
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It's now less than a month before Stranger Things returns, to once again deliver tons of spooky '80s movie references come Halloween. 

And since Netflix is extremely profitable right now, they can afford to get a little weird with their marketing. Which explains the retro 16-bit Stranger Things game they've just released for mobile devices - simply called Stranger Things: The Game from developer BonusXP, it's a loose retelling of the first season's plot, except you fight more and run around collecting pixelated Eggo waffles. 

As of today, the game's now out for iOS and Android phones. Check out the trailer below:



In terms of gameplay, it's a top down action-adventure where you play as different characters like Sheriff Hopper, Nancy, Mike, etc. It feels like a combination of mostly The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with some hints of Metroid, so it's not completely an '80s style game - the SNES came out in 1990 after all, and this is modeled after 16-bit games. But if it's fun, that can be excused.

And it's completely free - there's not even any in-app purchases for them to surprise you with. Since the game itself is just a giant ad, albeit a fun looking one, they don't need to pile up any more price tags on top of that. So if, like many fans, you were going to watch season 2 regardless, then a free game is only a plus for you. If you were on the fence about watching, consider yourself the target demo for this game. 

This is the first time Netflix has released a full-length Stranger Things game, but it's not the first time they've experimented with the idea. They created some simple run-and-jump browser games at the beginning of this year for a handful of their original shows, including Stranger Things and odder choices like Narcos and Orange Is The New Black. So unless you'd rather go play as a pixelated Pablo Escobar, this new game is an improvement. 

The fact that they're simultaneously releasing cutesy video games while claiming this season is more terrifying than ever is a testament to how delightfully weird this show is, which is also how they can release several parodies of '80s movie posters that still manage to make the show look scary. Horror-comedy is not easy to pull off, especially with even more genres like "sci-fi" and "high school drama" thrown into the mix.

In the meantime, Netflix also released an "unsolved mysteries" style clip to promote the show, connecting the rise of the Upside Down to alien abductions and New Coke. It makes sense in context, sort of:



Stranger Things season 2 comes out October 27, 2017 on Netflix.
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