Netflix will offer mobile games on their app to subscribers worldwide at no extra cost, through an update delivered to Android users today. These exclusive games won’t contain any microtransactions or adverts.
While the initial five games are nothing too fancy, Netflix says this is very early stages of their foray into the mobile gaming industry; with plans to create a wider variety of games in the future.
“Just like our series, films and specials, we want to design games for any level of play and every kind of player, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong gamer,”Mike Verdu, Netflix Vice President of Game Development
Five games launched with the service, two of those being linked to the Stranger Things series.
Stranger Things: 1984: A retro action-adventure based around the show featuring puzzles, collectables and cutesy pixel sprites of the show’s characters.
Stranger Things 3: The Game: The third instalment following the events of the TV show. This isometric Beat’Em’Up game was removed from Steam, Epic and other platforms earlier this year- presumably because Netflix wanted to relaunch it on their new gaming service.
Card Blast: A casual poker-inspired card matching game featuring flashy animations, a bunch of levels and fun boosters to keep things interesting.
Teeter Up: A variation on the classic Android title Teeter, this physics-based game has players using touch controls to shimmy a platform up a wall, with the aim of letting the ball perched atop the platform roll into a hole.
Shooting Hoops: A simple, similarly cartoony basketball game that uses a tap and shoot mechanic to score balls into hoops. Main features for this one include power-ups and a collection of unlock-able balls.
Netflix acquired Oxenfree developers Night School Studio back in late September this year and with the notable hire of ex-Facebook and EA’s Mike Verdu these maybe indications of what’s to come.
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