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Netflix rolls out in-app mobile games globally this week

By Kara Santos Published Nov 03, 2021 12:50 pm

Netflix is launching its first five mobile games, including two Stranger Things games for Android devices, globally on the first week of November 2021.

The streaming giant announced Tuesday that the games would be available to play on Android devices this week as well as Apple iOS devices in the coming months. 

Netflix will start rolling out games within its Android app starting 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Nov. 3 (1 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 Philippine time) so you won't need to leave the Netflix app and can play them all in the same place. 

“We’re in the early days of creating a great gaming experience, and we’re excited to take you on this journey with us” Mike Verdu, Netflix's VP of Game Development said in a statement.

"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."

Users will be able to play five casual games suited for mobile-only play, including Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up

Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3: The Game, were both previously released games developed by BonusXP that tie in with the hit Stranger Things series. The last three games were part of Netflix's lineup in their test launch of games in Poland, Spain and Italy earlier this year. 

The five games are already available for Android users to play as individual downloads starting Tuesday before they’re rolled out as in-app games on Netflix.

When on a mobile device, Netflix Games will come packaged in its own dedicated row and have a dedicated tab, according to Netflix.

While the current game offerings are still limited, Netflix has promised “a whole lot more coming.” Earlier this year, the streamer acquired Oxenfree developer Night School as they move towards increasing their gaming related content on the streaming platform.

The games will be available to play with no ads, no additional fees and no in-app purchases to Netflix subscribers.

The mobile games will be available on Android devices when you log into your Netflix profile. Members on an Android mobile phone will see a dedicated games row and games tab where you can select any game to download.

Those using  Android tablets will see a dedicated games row or be able to select games from the categories drop down menu to download and play.

The games will be available in many of the languages Netflix offers on the service and will automatically default to the preference set in your Netflix profile. If your language is not yet available, games will default to English.

Additionally, members will be able to play on multiple mobile devices on the same account. According to Netflix, if you hit your device limit, you can sign out of devices not in use or deactivate them remotely on to free up a slot. 

No connection? While some mobile games may require an internet connection, others will be available to play offline, to make those long trips and areas with bad Wi-Fi a lot more tolerable.

Excited to play games on the go? Here’s how you can access Netflix games on your app.

    I'm pretty sure we'll be seeing an official version of Squid Game-inspired games in the near future.