Set in the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s, Stranger Things: The Game is based on the Netflix’s show ‘Stranger Things’ Season One, and is a delightful treat for the show fans. Season Two of the show is currently streaming on Netflix though. Stranger Things: The Game, launched ahead of Season Two, is hard to put down, even if you haven’t watched the show yet. So, let’s find out what this game has to offer.
The game is a retro-themed, pixelated adventure, which resembles classic game – Zelda: A Link To The Past. In the Stranger Things: The Game, the town of Hawkins is transformed into a collection of dungeons to explore, puzzles to solve, secrets to uncover, and immune enemies to defeat.
You begin the game as Chief of Police Jim Hopper, whose task is to find out the missing boys – Will Byers and his friends. Although the Season One of the show follows the disappearance of Will and the ensuing search, Stranger Things: The Game takes place between Seasons One and Season Two and deals with a different—although related—set of events. The show fans could be able to relate to the events and recall the characters from the show. However, the game is not only for the show fans. Anyone can download and play this action-packed adventure full of twists and turns.
As Hopper, you begin the search at the Hawkins National Laboratory, which acts as the first dungeon of the game. Hawkins Laboratory is filled with patrolling guards to fight, puzzles to solve, and laser beams to escape, requiring you to turn on/off control panels and find keycards to progress through each room. You are required to explore every container, chest, switch, control button and other items scattered around in the lab, just like a detective or search agent; otherwise you won’t be able to find hidden keycards and clues to move ahead in the game.
You’ll also find Lucas in the lab, another character from the show. While as Hopper you’ve the ability to defeat enemies with your super punch, Lucas character has a ranged attack that allows you to shoot distant enemies and objects.
The game is divided into chapters, each with a different mission, and as you progress through the game, you’ll gather additional characters with their own unique skills. You’ll be required to use each character’s unique skills to bypass difficult sections of the game and accomplish your missions. It’s this variation in skills and puzzles which really keeps the game fresh, since there’s a lot of running back and forth between locations on the map. There’s also a bunch of stuff to collect throughout the game, from heart pieces which give you extra lives, to Gnomes and Eggos. Furthermore, you’ll come across several quests in the game as you play, which award you with similar bonuses.
Talking about the controls, they are super simple: tap to walk and tap to interact. That includes shooting, breaking, punching, and so on. You can also drag your finger across the screen if you’ve got some distance to cover.
To sum up, if you’re looking for some action-packed pixelated adventure, which involves you from the moment you start playing it, then Stranger Things: The Game could be your pick. And the best part about this game is that it is absolutely free with no in-app purchases.