As if Stranger Things isn’t already soaked in generational nostalgia, you can now experience the show’s first season all over again in 16-bit RPG form. Released today for free on the App Store and Google Play, the plainly-titled Stranger Things: The Game, developed by BonusXP, lets fans play as Sheriff Hopper as he investigates the strange occurrences of missing children, including that one Byers boy.
Clearly inspired by retro Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda, Dragon Quest, and even Pokemon, the Stranger Things tie-in reimagines Hawkins, Indiana, in polished pixels. But because you’re playing on your smartphone, and not on Channel 3 of the living room TV, simply tap the screen to open the doors you want to unlock, the switches you want to pull, and even punch which rent-a-cop guards who stand in your way.
To further add to the atmosphere, the show’s now-iconic theme song is also redone, and frankly, you don’t want to hear it in any other way after playing.
As of this writing, Inverse writers are still working through the game, which is surprisingly lengthy and packed with Season 2 content to unlock. The game’s storefront page teases exclusives related to the show’s upcoming season to unearth, which can be accessed by collecting Eggo waffles scattered around the game. There will also be an update on October 27, the day Season 2 premieres on Netflix. Get to hunting.
Stranger Things Season 2 premieres October 27 on Netflix.
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