Netflix is bringing Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales to its platform, with new gameplay based on the show’s Season 4 content. In this no-ads game, users will be able to play as new characters from Season 4 as the company continues its push into gaming.
In this game, players must solve puzzles to defeat enemies such as Demogorgons and other supernatural monsters. They can collect up to 50 different versions of the show’s characters during the process. The graphics are described as “nostalgic 1980s Saturday morning cartoon art style” by the company.
Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales was first released in 2021, and it was removed from the App Store and Google Play Store in August after Netflix paid $72 million to acquire the game’s publisher. At the time, the streaming service announced that it was working on revamping the game and bringing it exclusively to Netflix.
The game also builds on Netflix’s efforts to allow fans to interact with the show in a variety of ways. Earlier this year, the streaming service collaborated with Reddit to create Stranger Things-themed customized avatars and with Spotify to create personalized playlists.
Netflix’s VP of gaming, Mike Verdu, stated that the company is looking into ways to get into cloud gaming. He also stated that the streaming giant is establishing its second gaming studio. And this studio will be established in California, following the establishment of its first studio in Helsinki in August. In September, the company also introduced game handles that can be used across multiple exclusive titles.
While the company is working hard to make gaming a success, the results have been mixed. Netflix games had only 1.7 million daily users, according to an Apptopia report published in August. The company announced 223 million subscribers during its Q3 2022 earnings.