Video Game Review: Stranger Things: The Game (Phones & Tablets)

I’m certainly one of the millions of Stranger Things fans in the world today. I am also a fan of old school 8-bit gaming. However, mobile games are usually shit, so I wasn’t expecting much out of this game. I was wrong though, it’s pretty damn spectacular and just like the show it’s based on, the creators made something that truly feels like a real throwback and certainly drums up some serious nostalgia.

The game plays like a bird’s-eye-view action RPG like the original The Legend of Zelda. The mechanics are good, the game is fun and you don’t really get tired of it, as you unlock new characters quickly enough for things not to get too redundant.

You have to go around and collect eight Eggo waffles, similar to how Link had to collect eight pieces of the Triforce in the first Zelda. To get most of them, you have to enter dungeons, also like Zelda. Except the dungeons aren’t dungeons per se, they’re places like the middle school, library, the spooky lab from the show and a few other notable places you’ll remember from the series.

My only complaint is that I wish that the game was bigger. You can cross the map pretty quickly and even though there’s a lot to do, I beat the game with 100 percent in about six hours.

Still, this game is a real throwback and a lot of fun. Plus, the game is free, which is friggin’ unheard of nowadays because even free games try to push you into buying upgrades and other bullshit.

I have to give this a perfect score because mobile games are pretty much garbage but this is one that was designed and executed right. I hope they update it periodically and either expand it or give us a solid sequel in the future.

Rating: 10/10

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