Stranger Things Is Bringing The Upside Down To Your iPhone

By Brad Nash
25 June 2019
Netflix, Iphone, Stranger Things
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E3 threw up more than its fair share of surprises last week, particularly outside of the console space. While gaming fans were treated to the likes of a new Halo and Keanu Reeves appearing in Cyberpunk 2077, there were more than a few announcements aimed at bringing cool new experiences to a completely different sort of gamer. Take Elon Musk's announcement that he's bringing a bunch of games to the infotainment systems of Tesla's cars, for instance.

Gaming is becoming ever more diverse, and it's sucking in new fans from all corners of society. We don't need to remind you of the mass congregations that took place during the heyday of Pokemon GO, but suffice it to say that mobile gaming is leading the charge, and it's changing the face of modern entertainment. So much so, in fact, that gamers in India have even been arrested for playing the mobile version of PUBG because authorities think it's becoming too addictive.

Thankfully for the rest of us, mobile gaming is here to stay, and it's turning into a new way for many companies to promote their most popular franchises. A Harry Potter mobile game has just dropped courtesy of the people who brought out Pokemon GO, and now even Netflix are getting in on the action, announcing last week that a Stranger Things mobile game is on its way to iOS and Android.

According to Netflix, the game will be an augmented reality experience that makes use of your phone screen to throw up obstacles as you walk around in your day-to-day life. Players will get the chance to “explore The Upside Down hidden around them in their daily travels and work with fellow fans to fight back its emerging evils.”

As they specified in further tweets, the game will be an "location-based RPG puzzler," and give you the option of playing as one of the 12 main characters in Stranger Things.

"We’re excited to be partnering with Next Games, out of Helsinki, Finland, who have crafted this RPG-puzzle hybrid game that has location-based technology," said Chris Lee, director of Interactive Games at Netflix. "Meaning that no matter where you are in the world, you can fight and battle against the Upside Down, even in your backyard. They’ve developed this amazing ’80s retro Saturday morning cartoon art style that we’ve absolutely fallen in love with," he continued.

It's not known when the game is dropping specifically, with Netflix merely opting to reveal that the game will come some time in 2020. They did, however, also drop details on a Stranger Things game that's coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. It'll be a 16-bit style beat 'em up adventure, and you can watch the teaser trailer for it here.