Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Netflix goes retro with 'Stranger Things' video game to promote season 2

Netflix goes retro with 'Stranger Things' video game to promote season 2

Yes, it's a mobile game, and yes, it's a promotional tie-in for a telly series, but the Stranger Things video game is actually quite sweet.

We do know the show is set in 1984, one year after the events from season 1 when Will Byers was taken to the Upside Down by the Demogorgon and Mike, Dustin and Lucas met a nice, but quiet and mysterious girl named Eleven. You begin the game as Chief Hopper, investigating the disappearance of all four boys from the show, and as you progress you'll unlock each as a new playable character with a different unique skill.

Gameplay wise it conjures up a lot of 90s nostalgia, which is ironic. Then there are those famous Eggo waffles, kids with special abilities and all the characters we love.

It looks absolutely wonderful.

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All things considered, this looks like a pretty fun take on Stranger Things that should get you sufficiently hyped for the second season's October 27th release date.

You can download Stranger Things: The Game on iOS, or on the Google Play Store.

In the game, each of the Stranger Things protagonists have been outfitted with their respective powers, ranging from Nancy's baseball bat to Caleb's wrist rocket.

It's now less than a month before Stranger Things returns, to once again deliver tons of spooky '80s movie references come Halloween. For those skilled gamers who managed to defeat the game, they were rewarded with a clip from the series featuring a surprise appearance by Michael Myers, which you can see below. Of course, that means tuning back into Netflix - but those who are inclined to collect each season of their favorite shows on home video, including Stranger Things, may soon get their chance if a new rumor is to be believed. I think this scene will be one of the very first scenes in the season, so it's not spoiling all that much. Also, players' Speed Run times will be recorded and shareable on social media, so you can compete with your friends. But I may have gone too far: "it seemed like every day I was crying or freaking out", Ryder noted about her eventual portrayal of the character.

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