I like Stranger Things. I think the 80s are a great setting of tropes and set the standard for a lot of the media/art we see today. The 90s were nihilistic, the 00s were new discovery, but the 80s… they seemed self-aware.
Fancy enough, there’s a mobile game out for Stranger Things. Free. No in-app purchases. It’s a call back to 80s exploration games. Midi-sound track and all.
It’s not a terribly long game, maybe a few hours. But it has a lot of collectibles, pretty much everything from the series, but isn’t really beholden to the series storyline.
In all honesty, I am overly surprised at the sheer quality of this game. No news about it until the release showed up, no glitches that I’ve found, no crashes. Just smooth 80s gaming. Extremely easy to pick up and play too. The overall challenge is simple enough for all but the library (act 5) and some of the collectible puzzle. The upside-down world puzzles are more Sokoban than anything else.
I cleared the main story, now I’m onto the collectibles. I find myself smiling a lot while it’s up. It scratches just the right itch.