Stranger Things 3: The Game review

Stranger Things 3: The Game

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Venture into the strange and gripping world of the Netflix series Stranger Things. Set in the quaint town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the quintessential 1980s, this is a riveting blend of unearthly mysteries and covert operations. One finds themselves drawn into a suspenseful narrative that deftly combines supernatural elements with the mystery of a hidden dimension, referred to as the Upside Down.

Stranger Things masterfully encapsulates the zeitgeist of the 80s, meticulously painted through an array of iconic hairstyles, retro synth music, and vintage tech gadgets. The Duffer Brothers, creators of the series, artfully pay tribute to this nostalgic era, interweaving aspects of the incredible works of renowned authors such as Stephen King and visionaries like Steven Spielberg into the fabric of their narrative.

The Upside Down, introduced in the series, is a potentially lethal entity shrouded in darkness and danger, securely nestled at the core of Stranger Things. In this otherworldly realm, we encounter both human denizens and terrifying creatures, merging horror and science fiction elements into an edge-of-your-seat viewing experience.

Stranger Things 3: The Game presents an arcade-like revival of an iconic binge-worthy series. Following the narrative of the Netflix show's gripping third season, the game adaptation, from the onset, farms familiarity for the player from the events from the show, while cleverly interweaving original quests and character encounters. Concealed secrets merely spice up the gameplay even further, driving forth an unquenchable sense of excitement and intrigue.

With a contemporary approach to gameplay mechanics, which is smartly married to its distinctly vintage aesthetics, the game exudes a refreshing whiff of nostalgia while captivating gamers with twists and thrills. Its pixelated landscape of Hawkins seems vibrant and quirky at once. Yet, it's not just the look that impresses; the ubiquitous spirit of the series - togetherness - is also strongly echoed within the gameplay.

Dividing the screen for a cooperative local duel, Stranger Things 3: The Game perfectly encapsulates teamwork and camaraderie at its core. With a lineup of twelve recognizable characters from the series fans can pick to play, the game lets players weave through this pixelated universe, tackling challenges, solving enigmas, and defending against the emergent horrors of The Upside Down.

The game genuinely honours the essence of Stranger Things 3, embodying not just its plot and characters but also its heart. It is rare to find such a game successfully encapsulating the ethos of its source material while simultaneously evolving into an original and engaging gaming encounter. The official game of Stranger Things 3 is definitely a must-play for all its fans as well as gamers who appreciate a unique, thrilling mix of nostalgia and modern gaming experience.


  • Authentic to the series
  • Retro art style
  • Two-player local co-op.


  • Not newbie-friendly.