In August, Netflix started testing games in its Android app in Poland with Stranger Things 1984 and Stranger things 3. The test spread to Spain and Italy the following month with three more casual games – Shooting hoops, Toggle up and Explosion of cards – none of which are connected to Netflix shows or movies.
The games have no ads or in-app purchases. You can access it on your phone or tablet by going to the games section of the app’s home page or via the games tab. Once you’ve selected a game, you can download it from the Google Play Store or (soon) the App Store, and play it through the Netflix app.
The games will use the preferred language of your Netflix profile by default. However, if a game is not yet available in that language, it will default to English. Some games will also work offline.
Anyone with a profile on a Netflix account can play the games without needing a separate subscription. However, the games are not available on child profiles. Users who have configured a PIN code to prevent access to adult profiles will also need to enter their code to play games.
After experimenting with interactive shows and movies over the past few years, Netflix has made it clear that it wants to get more into gaming. In its second quarter earnings call in July, the company said its most serious gaming push to date will begin on mobile.
Netflix says the first batch of five titles is just the start of its gaming aspirations. In September, the company first purchased a game studio in the form of Without beef Night School Studio developer.
“Just like our series, films and specials, we want to design games for all levels of play and all types of players, whether you are a beginner or a long-time gamer,” wrote Mike Verdu, vice president of development at Netflix games in a blog post.
Update 2/11 2:15 p.m. ET: Clarification of the deployment schedule on Android.
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