The second season of Stranger Things doesn't hit TV screens for another few weeks yet, but fans of the Netflix original can stoke their excitement in the meantime by downloading the official new iOS game, released today on the App Store.

title sttg
Like the popular TV series, Stranger Things: The Game not only evokes authentic 80s nostalgia in its thematics, but also with its use of retro sounds, graphics, and gameplay, all mixed into a classic top-down shooter style.

The action adventure includes seven playable characters each with unique abilities to help players solve puzzles, while locations from the hit show that appear in the game include Mirkwood Forest, Hawkins Lab, and Jim Hopper's home.

legend screen002
There are Eggos and Gnomes to find, two unforgiving difficulty modes, a never-before-seen TV trailer to unlock, and a content update for the game that's expected to drop on October 27, to coincide with the Stranger Things season two debut on Netflix. 

According to TouchArcade, the game offers over 10 hours of gameplay, with six dungeons to explore and over 30 quests, and there are no in-app purchases to speak of, so this is no quick money grab.


Stranger Things: The Game is a free download for iPhone and iPad available now on the App Store.

Tag: Netflix

Top Rated Comments

adamneer Avatar
50 months ago
Good thing we all have high powered devices with incredible displays so developers can keep churning out all these 8-bit nostalgia games.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
friednoodles Avatar
50 months ago
Good thing we all have high powered devices with incredible displays so developers can keep churning out all these 8-bit nostalgia games.
The show is an homage to the 80s, what did you expect?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Solomani Avatar
50 months ago
I’m stroking my excitement.
You could get blind doing that!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
50 months ago

I guess just a little more creativity than falling back on a played out visual style that's conveniently much easier to develop? It's not as if there haven't been plenty of iOS games featuring a modern twist on the bit-era games. Even the show doesn't take strict stylistic cues from the 80s, or the soundtrack wouldn't be a Daft Punk inspired custom score and it'd be shot on film or at the very least Beta.
You're welcome to show everyone how it's done.

https://developer.apple.com/programs/
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sill Avatar
50 months ago
Despite being most frequently cited as an 80s throwback, much of what's in Stranger Things was also quite characteristic of the early 90s. Not to mention the show takes a lot of stylistic cues from Stephen King miniseries' which were very much an early 90s thing. Having been born in 1984, my childhood falls right within the range of this series, FWIW.
Sort of.

There is always a generational overlap. Though you were born in 1984 and no doubt identify with the things you saw as a child, you don't have the same perspective as a person who was 10 or 20 years old the day you were born. While I can quite clearly see a demarcation between the New Wave music and the New Romantic style, you may simply consider both of them as "New Wave", or perhaps even "Rock". You might not see a big difference between the vehicles on the road when you were 5 or 10 years old, but I can quite clearly see a generational difference. Its also the same for music from before your birth. You won't be able to distinguish easily between West Coast folk rock of the 1970s and midwestern rock of the same era. Perhaps tonally or even structurally, but you won't get the difference in mentality between the two. Likewise, I can't tell the difference between Stax and Decca sounds easily. I simply don't have the reference. Or you could watch a video of Ronald Reagan speaking and it will mean something completely different to you than to me. You won't know who a single person is standing next to him or asking him questions at a press conference.
Its not a derogatory thing for me to point out, it simply illustrates how culturally different people are depending on the year of their birth. What you are perceiving as "90s" is actually the 80s viewed through your 90s adolescent lens. And thats fine. The 80s mean something different to you than to me.


I guess just a little more creativity than falling back on a played out visual style that's conveniently much easier to develop? It's not as if there haven't been plenty of iOS games featuring a modern twist on the bit-era games. Even the show doesn't take strict stylistic cues from the 80s, or the soundtrack wouldn't be a Daft Punk inspired custom score and it'd be shot on film or at the very least Beta.
Again, referring to what I mentioned above, you're seeing it through your own generational lens. It could be called a "bias", but that can evoke an emotional reaction and also makes it sound like you're doing it on purpose. I prefer to call it a lens.

The soundtrack isn't Daft Punk - or inspired by them - not by a long shot. Its actually the reverse - Daft Punk was influenced in some areas by the same musicians who influenced Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon, the duo who scored the show. They did an incredible job of bringing back the structure of 80s soundtracks, unbelievably so. I consider their work - and that of Daft Punk on Tron:Legacy - as what could have been done back in the 1980s with today's technology, and not an example of how we can mimic the 80s now.

The crackling neon look and the period-correct sliding of the opening titles is another well-executed 80s technique. Referring back to the generational lens- you may see that and say, "How unoriginal", but I look at it and it invokes Tron, Looker, Alien and numerous other genre films of the 5 years prior to the time of Stranger Things. I see it, and hear the opening theme, and it recalls my youthful excitement at the fact that "the future" I'd been reading about in sci-fi novels and scientific magazines was just a few feet away and around the corner...

The shot composition and scene layouts are flawlessly 80s, without the need for falling back on crutches like period video or film technology. If you want proof, go take a look at the opening ten minutes of the original Rambo movie, First Blood. Compare those shots of Hope, Washington to any of the outdoor wide shots in Hawkins, Indiana in Stranger Things. Allowing for the fact the sun never came out in Hope, its almost the same town.

We all face the generational lens as both a help and an insurmountable barrier. You'll never see the show the way I do, but I'll never see it the way someone 5 or 10 years older than me will see it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PBG4 Dude Avatar
50 months ago
Playing now... actually quite addictive and i'm getting all nostalgic, reminiscing over my old Commodore 64 (and excited for the new season). As you'd expect, nice audio accompaniment.



Cute
FYI, there’s a mini Commodore 64 (like the recent NES and SNES reissues) coming out sometime in 2018.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356527/mini-commodore-64-including-64-games-launching-in-2018
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

iPhone 13 Always On Feature

iPhone 13 to Bring Over a Major Feature From the Apple Watch

Wednesday July 28, 2021 2:21 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 13 lineup will feature an always-on display akin to the Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6, according to recent reports. In his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, who often reveals accurate insights into Apple's plans, said that the iPhone 13 may feature an Apple Watch-inspired always-on mode. The Apple Watch Series 5 and Apple Watch...
REC ASA CODE2016 20160601 205816 2745

Elon Musk Reportedly Demanded to Become Apple CEO as Part of Potential Tesla Acquisition [Update: Musk Denies]

Friday July 30, 2021 9:04 am PDT by
Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly once demanded that he be made Apple CEO in a brief discussion of a potential acquisition with Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook. The claim comes in a new book titled "Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century," as reviewed by The Los Angeles Times. According to the book, during a 2016 phone call between Musk and Cook that touched on the possibility of ...
duracell battery bitter coating

Apple Says Don't Buy AirTag Replacement Batteries With Bitter Coating

Wednesday July 28, 2021 11:08 am PDT by
Since AirTags were just released earlier this year and are expected to have a year-long battery life, it may be some time yet before AirTag users need a replacement battery, but when the time comes for a refresh, Apple is warning customers not to buy batteries with a bitter coating. AirTags use coin-shaped CR2032 batteries, which happen to be a size that's easy to swallow. Some battery...
nothing ear 1 buds 1

Nothing 'Ear (1)' True Wireless Earbuds Launch to Take on AirPods Pro With ANC and Unusual Design for $99

Tuesday July 27, 2021 7:57 am PDT by
Nothing, a new brand from OnePlus founder Carl Pei, has today officially launched the "Ear (1)" true wireless earbuds after months of anticipation around the company's AirPods Pro rival. The Ear (1) features an in-ear design, Active Noise Cancelation, Bluetooth 5.2, IPX4 water resistance, and a charging case with Qi-compatible wireless charging and a USB-C port. Fast pairing is supported on...
General Apps Messages

Android iMessage Competitor Puts Pressure on Apple

Friday July 30, 2021 3:15 am PDT by
Google and the three major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, will all support a new communications protocol on Android smartphones starting in 2022, a move that puts pressure on Apple to adopt a new cross-platform messaging standard and may present a challenge to iMessage. Verizon recently announced that it is planning to adopt Messages by Google as its default messaging...
Apple Leak Feature

Apple Demands Leaker Reveals Sources Under Threat of Being Reported to Police

Wednesday July 28, 2021 6:53 am PDT by
Apple has sent a cease and desist letter to a leaker based in China as part of its continuing attempts to curtail leaks of unreleased products, according to Vice. A Chinese citizen who shared images of stolen Apple prototypes on social media was sent a warning letter from Fangda Partners, Apple's law firm in China, on June 18, 2021. An extract from the letter read:You have disclosed without ...
apple rtp land

Apple Preparing to Occupy 200,000 Square Feet of Temporary Space Ahead of New $1 Billion North Carolina Campus

Thursday July 29, 2021 9:14 am PDT by
Back in April, Apple announced a $430 billion investment over the next five years to create more than 20,000 new jobs as the company continues to expand. One significant piece of that plan is a new engineering and research center in North Carolina where Apple will be investing over $1 billion and hiring at least 3,000 employees. Assemblage of seven properties in Research Triangle Park owned by ...
iOS 15 General Feature Purple

Everything New in iOS 15 Beta 4: Safari Tweaks, MagSafe Battery Pack Support, Notification Updates and More

Tuesday July 27, 2021 11:47 am PDT by
Apple today released the fourth betas of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, introducing additional refinements to the new features that are coming in the software updates. In these betas, Apple has introduced changes for Safari, Notifications, Focus mode, and more. Safari Updates Apple is continuing to refine the design of Safari on the iPhone, and in iOS 15, there are tweaks to improve usability. ...
new m1 chip

Tim Cook on Apple Deciding to Manufacture Components: 'We Ask Ourselves If We Can Do Something Better'

Tuesday July 27, 2021 3:04 pm PDT by
During today's earnings call for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 (second calendar quarter), Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked how Apple decides what components to purchase and what components to develop, and Cook said that Apple asks if it can be done better. We ask ourselves if we can do something better. If we can deliver a better product. If we can buy something in the market and it's great...
a15 chip

iPhone 13 and Redesigned MacBook Pro Chip Production Hit With Gas Contamination

Friday July 30, 2021 5:44 am PDT by
The most important TSMC factory that manufactures Apple's chips destined for next-generation iPhone and Mac models has been hit by a gas contamination, according to Nikkei Asia. The factory, known as "Fab 18," is TSMC's most advanced chipmaking facility. TSMC is Apple's sole chip supplier, making all of the processors used in every Apple device with a custom silicon chip. Industry...