Netflix launched the free-to-play “Stranger Things: The Game” to promote season 2 of the supernatural thriller series. All nine episodes of “Stranger Things” season 2 will premiere Oct. 27 on Netflix worldwide. The show revolves around a group of boys in smalltown Indiana who stumble on a mysterious government research project and a telekinetic girl — and the alternate universe of the Upside Down.
In the adventure/puzzle game, which features 16-bit-style graphics, players explore the show’s fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., and its environs including Mirkwood Forest and the Hawkins Lab. While the show is set in the early ’80s, “Stranger Things: The Game” is evocative of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (first released in 1990); evidently Netflix and the game’s producers thought it was close enough.
Users must solve puzzles, taking advantage of the unique abilities of each character. For example, Lucas can nail anything with his Wrist Rocket and Nancy has an entire collection of bats to swing.
“Stranger Things: The Game” is free to download from Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android devices. The game was developed for Netflix by BonusXP, an indie game-development studio based in Allen, Texas.
Watch the game’s trailer, complete with a bleepy-bloopy version of the show’s theme song: