Android Store and Netflix users can Netflix and chill in a whole different way with Netflix Games.
Netflix has entered the gaming industry now! No, it is not a Squid Game video game, or at least not yet.
Today marks the official launch of Netflix Games. So far, there will be five games available in the Android App Store: Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up. The first two games are self-explanatory references to the hit-Netflix TV series, but the other three games are just like random games you can find in the app store. Perhaps, they were just to help add some weird variety.
Netflix released a blog on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, that outlined how their gaming feature would work on the app. If users have a Netflix subscription, they will have access to the games at no extra cost, no ads and no in-game purchases. There is not a separate app to download, it is all in the main streaming service app menu. There will be a games’ header now and the games are currently tailored to the user’s preferred or set language.
Their innovation thought about almost everything as the app allows multiple users under the same account to play, but the number of players is limited to the typical device limit—a warning to sign out of a device would pop up.
These new games will not be on the kids’ profiles for child safety purposes, something Facebook has been struggling with and under flak for. The same PIN set on adult profiles will be used as a deterrent to children having access to play games (sneakily in the middle of the night).
The blog also outlined how “some mobile games may require an internet connection, others will be available to play offline”, which may infer that Netflix is thinking about making online multiplayer games. Also, the offline games would be great for long trips or everyday trips commuting on the bus or train.
Netflix stated, “Just like our series, films and specials, we want to design games for any level of play and every kind of player, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong gamer.” Again, this may spell out that they could be working on great single and multiplayer games. Maybe seeing a Squid Game online mobile game from them might not be too far off.
There has not been an official release date for iOS users, but it does not seem like they are missing too much with the limited games out right now.