Stranger Things: The Game Review - A Retro Feast

The mobile game nails the vibe of the 80s-inspired Netflix series, Stranger Things. 

4 weeks ago by Morgan Shaver

Stranger Things: The Game was released at the perfect time. Not only does it give fans a way to keep themselves occupied until Stranger Things Season 2 is released on October 27th, it also successfully captures the main vibe of the show.

Developed in collaboration with Bonus XP Inc. and Netflix, the mobile game is free-to-play on both iOS and Android. This ensures that no one is left out when it comes to the engaging retro experience of Stranger Things: The Game.

If you grew up in the 80s and early 90s, you’ll feel right at home with Stranger Things: The Game’s adorable 16-bit graphics. Meanwhile, devout fans of Stranger Things will find plenty to love as they explore and gather in-game collectibles.

These collectibles aren’t just for completionists, as many unlock special goodies within the game. For example, collect all VHS Tapes in Stranger Things: The Game and you can unlock an exclusive Stranger Things Season 2 trailer.

The gameplay in Stranger Things: The Game is comprised of dungeon crawling and puzzles, although there is a story element that helps connect everything together. 

Set between Season 1 and Season 2 of the show, Stranger Things: The Game opens with Jim Hopper being alerted that Will and his friends have gone missing. This takes you to the game’s first dungeon area, Hawkins Public Library.

While we love playing as Hopper, Stranger Things: The Game aims to keep things well-rounded by allowing you to play a wide variety of different characters from the show. These include Hopper, Nancy, Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, and Eleven (after you collect all of the game’s Eggos).

Each character comes with their own unique stats and character upgrades. This adds an element of strategy to your gameplay, as you’ll need certain characters to help you out in certain areas. For example, Mike is able to use his bike to jump ramps while Nancy can use her bat to break through walls.

The game isn’t as much of a mystery as the show, but it does include plenty of references and goodies to keep even the most die-hard of fans satiated. Additionally, having the ability to take the game with you on-the-go is great considering the game’s length.

Unlike other mobile games on the market that thrive on repetition, Stranger Things: The Game is its own self-contained entity. One that will keep you busy for hours as you progress through the story, do a bit of dungeon crawling, and head off in search of various items.

All in all, Stranger Things: The Game is one of the best mobile games we’ve played in quite some time. Part of this could stem from our love of the show, but even if you strip that away, gamers with no prior knowledge of Stranger Things will easily be able to dive into the game.

Note that there are a few Season 1 spoilers, so if you haven’t binged Stranger Things on Netflix, we strongly recommend checking it out before playing Stranger Things: The Game.

The game is free and easily available on both iOS and Android, so if you haven’t played the game yet, be sure to check it out. You’ll be glad you did!

Pros
  • Captures the retro feel of the show.
  • Contains plenty of references for die-hard Stranger Things fans.
  • Lengthy gameplay and meaningful collectibles.
Cons
  • Touch controls can be finicky at times.