What’s up, everyone?! I told you that I’d be back with another mobile game review and this one is going to be fun. If you’re a fan of a certain group of friends and monstrous fiends from Hawkins, Indiana, then you’re going to love the game that I have for you in this post. Stranger Things has become a VERY popular series for many, and it seems that that popularity has extended to their mobile phone game as well. Stranger Things: The Game has given avid fans and gamers the chance to complete their own adventure using their favorite characters from the series.
Let’s take a closer look!
Stranger Things: The Game
What is it?
Stranger Things: The Game was released on Android and iOS back in 2017 from BonusXP, Inc. Just like the series, the game itself brings players back to Hawkins circa 1984 and allows you to explore some of the most iconic locations from the series, such as the Hawkins Lab, the Mirkwood forest, Hawkins High, and even The Upside Down. The story begins like this: Chief Hopper is alerted that Will Byers and his friends have suddenly disappeared. So, Hopper (you) must begin searching various locations in town and look for clues as to where the boys may have gone. But always be on your toes, as there are threats, puzzles, and traps hidden around every corner.
As you progress through the game and find each boy one at a time, you will unlock new characters and be able to use their unique abilities. For example, Hopper packs a powerful punch, Lucas can fire a wrist rocket, Nancy swings a hard bat, Mike can stun enemies with his flashlight, and Eleven can teleport and knock out enemies using her powers. In all, there are 8 playable characters, each of which is based on a main character from the series. Use their skills and abilities wisely if you wish to advance and discover the origin of the chaos that has come to Hawkins!
What did you think?
I thought this game was really fun! There are some who may be turned off by the retro graphics and gameplay at first, but I think that’s its best trait. The game wants to take you back to 1984 both literally and metaphorically. This is the kind of old school game that could be found in an arcade back in the 80s, which creates the same feeling you get when you watch the show. I think making it more modern or doing it any other way would have been a crime, so kudos to the developers. I also like the simplicity of it. The controls are easy and the flow is quite nice once you get used to it. I love vintage things, so the nostalgic look and feel of the game immediately went into my pros column.
I enjoyed switching between characters and using each to my advantage during a specific mission. I also liked the fact that even after you complete all the missions in the story, there are still things to do around the map. You can unlock additional characters (Eleven and Max), and even complete other side missions, like finding all of the hidden gnomes for Phil Larson, which unlocks additional character upgrades.
Would you recommend this game?
Yes! Simply put, if you’re obsessed with the show and love mobile gaming, then you would be a ‘mouthbreather’ not to download Stranger Things: The Game. Again, the game stays true to retro gaming with its interface, controls, graphics, and overall gameplay. All you 80s kids out there are sure to have a blast and be brought back to the past when all a game needed was a smooth feel and a solid story. Specifically, a story that has captivated audiences around the world. Even if just looking for something to pass the time, like the rest of us, I would highly recommend this game.
Well, that wraps up another mobile phone game review. Thanks for continuing to join me. As usual, I would like to get your thoughts on the game and whether or not you would consider giving it a try, if you haven’t done so already. If you have, please leave me a message in the comments section and let me know what you thought of it.
Also, as some of you may be already aware, there is a newer Stranger Thing game - Stranger Things 3, which is the newest version and based on season 3 of the series. While the thought did cross my mind to just jump into the newest game, I felt that both games were good and deserved a decent review. So, we will stay in this genre and continue with Stranger Things 3 in my next review post. Something to look forward to!
Until we meet again,
Vince the Prince