Netflix has finally pulled the trigger on its plans to enter the gaming world.
According to a new report from CNET, Netflix launched the first test of its plan to use mobile games to boost its core streaming-subscription business, with the introduction of two Stranger Things games for Android, available for now only to users in Poland.
Initially beginning with a focus on mobile, the company has picked two Stranger Things titles — “Stranger Things: 1984” and “Stranger Things 3” — to begin the process.
“Today members in Poland can try Netflix mobile gaming on Android with two games, ‘Stranger Things: 1984’ and ‘Stranger Things 3,'” the Netflix Geeked account tweeted Thursday. “It’s very, very early days and we’ve got a lot of work to do in the months ahead, but this is the first step.”
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Today members in Poland can try Netflix mobile gaming on Android with two games, Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3. It’s very, very early days and we’ve got a lot of work to do in the months ahead, but this is the first step. https://t.co/yOl44PGY0r
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) August 26, 2021
Netflix said its games will have no ads or in-app purchases, and the titles will be included with a Netflix streaming plan. In the Android app, available game titles will show up under a new menu that says “Play Mobile Games”; users who click on a title will be directed to the Google Play store to download it. Presumably, over time, the games will be more tightly integrated into the Netflix app itself.
Adventure game “Stranger Things 3: The Game,” developed by studio BonusXP, is a companion game to Season 3 of series, letting you play through familiar events from the series while also “uncovering never-before-seen quests, character interactions, and secrets,” according to its description.
“Stranger Things: 1984” is described as a stylized, retro action adventure similar to the arcade games from back in the ’80s, letting players solve puzzles and collect Eggos and gnomes along the way.