The newest member of the video game development space – Netflix has rolled out five new mobile games. In a bid to augment revenues owing to the increasing competition in the streaming platform market. Netflix has purchased “Night School Studio,” an indie video game development studio, to boost its gaming scene.
Furthermore, Night School Studio, which is Netflix’s first gaming studio purchase, is known for its debut game, Oxenfree. Oxenfree is a 2016 supernatural graphic adventure game for PC, OS X, and Xbox. More titles will surely come from Netflix’s gaming industry ventures. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the current ones that Netflix has released so far.
Netflix games released so far
Moving forward, keep in mind that Netflix has so far only released these games in select countries. They were previously releasing five titles to Netflix subscribers in Italy and Spain. On the flip side: Poland is another country where currently two games by Netflix are already available, with the rest coming soon.
These titles are available to Netflix subscribers in Spain and Italy:
- Stranger Things: 1984: A mobile game designed in a 16-bit art style and playable with an overhead view somewhat resembles the classic The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
- Stranger Things 3: The Game: Developed by BonusXP, which developed Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things: The Game builds up with an emphasis Netflix’s Stranger Things’ Season 3. Art design and gameplay are similar to its predecessor; the game also features co-op and solo gameplay.
- Card Blast: A basic card game from Netflix; Card Blast focuses on creating a winning hand from continuously shifting cards from a moving truck animation.
- Teeter Up: A Netflix subscriber exclusive, Teeter Up has no ads or in-app purchases, just like Card Blast. Teeter Up from Netflix is built around the concept of putting a ball into a hole with different mechanisms featuring haptic feedback and other Easter eggs.
- Shooting Hoops: Another Netflix member exclusive; Shooting Hoops is an offbeat game testing players to shoot a basketball through hoops with a dart gun attached to the ball.
So far, these are the games Netflix has released exclusively for its subscribers in three countries. Netflix has previously said, “Like our shows, these games will be included as part of your Netflix membership, all with no ads and no in-app purchases.”
The Future of Netflix gaming
Furthermore, Netflix said in its shareholder letter, “We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation, and unscripted TV.” While Netflix is still taking baby steps into the video game market, we’re sure we will get to see original and unique new games from the streaming service.
However, we believe that for now, Netflix will stick to basic mobile and browser-based games, ultimately making a gradual shift towards bigger titles with a few adaptations from its TV series and movies. Meanwhile, if you haven’t been updated with all Netflix has been doing with its gaming scene, you can get yourself familiar here.