Stranger Things: The Game

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging old-school adventure made for '80s nostalgia fans.

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age 9+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Uses simple touch controls, but can be challenging; has a hard difficulty option.

Violence

While player uses fists, slingshot, other items to attack other people, and those people use their fists and guns in return, old-school visuals mean there's no blood, gore.

Sex
Language

Occasional rude comments in dialogue.

Consumerism

Designed to promote TV show, has a link to it on main menu.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Ashtrays with lit cigarettes occasionally shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stranger Things: The Game is an old-school-style adventure game meant for fans of the TV show. Players use slingshots, their fists, and other items to attack other people, and those people use their fists and guns to attack the player. But because the game has a pixelated arcade look about it, there's no blood or gore. There are also times when you'll see lit cigarettes in ashtrays, or hear a cheeky comment in the dialogue -- it's nothing you wouldn't hear on the show. It's also clear that the game was designed to promote the show, with a link to it on the main menu, even though the app is free. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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Kid, 12 years old October 18, 2017

Challenging but Fun and Retro!

This game is amazing! I didn't grow up in the 80s (sadly) so at first I wasn't use to the retro design, but this game was really simple so I got the h... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 6, 2018

Great game that tweens should definetly play, even if they don't watch the series!

There is literally nothing wrong with this game at all. The game has an "easy-to-get-used-to" controlling system. Some parts of the game are hard tho... Continue reading

What's it about?

Set after the events of the first season -- and possibly during the time of season two -- STRANGER THINGS: THE GAME has you exploring the town, the lab, and the mysterious realm known as The Upside Down. This gets handled by activating every switch, pressing every button, and attacking every guard who'd rather you not do these things. Players will also switch between characters from the show, each with his or her own abilities and equipment, to bypass difficult sections and accomplish goals.

Is it any good?

Though created to promote the second season of the Netflix show, this clever, old-school-style adventure game actually stands on its own. Set after season one (and possibly during the upcoming second season), Stranger Things: The Game has you exploring various locations as different people from the show. Though fittingly, it's all done in the style of an '80s adventure game; it's very similar to the original The Legend of Zelda. That's why this has an aerial perspective, pixelated graphics, and simplistic mechanics and combat. But while this may be old school, it's no old fool, as the game is rather clever in how you have to solve complex situational problems. Oh, and if that's not challenging enough, there's an option that will make this as unforgiving as, well, an '80s adventure game. In fact, the only downside is that people who don't remember the '80s, because they weren't born yet, may not appreciate the old-school aesthetics and mechanics. But then, they probably wouldn't appreciate the TV show either. For those who do, though, Stranger Things: The Game is a real fun blast from the past.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing and promotion. This game was made to promote a TV show, but do you think it's effective? Do you think you can enjoy the game and not watch the show?

  • Talk about helping people. In the game, you put your life on the line to help others, but why is this a good thing?

  • Discuss using the right tool for the job. In the game, you switch between characters, and each has unique abilities. Why is it important to recognize when to use the right tool for the job?

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