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Netflix Games Everything You Need To Know About It

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Netflix Games

A lot of companies have tried to make the “Netflix of games,” but now Netflix is getting into games. The company has started its game service widely on Android devices, and while it is the first step, the company has plans to increase its offerings as time goes on.

How much does it cost?

Perhaps the most amazing part of Netflix’s new service is no extra cost. Netflix has said it wants to make games an additional value on top of its standard pricing structure, and won’t charge extra for the service. Those plans could certainly change if Netflix’s game library grows grander, but for the time being it’s just an extra perk on top of your standard Netflix subscription price. Currently, those pricing ranges are $9, $14, and $18 respectively, with improving fidelity and the number of screens you can use at once. Even with the basic $9 tier, you get access to the Netflix games library.

All 5 of the games available through Netflix are exclusive to the service, and for the most part, have not been available on other devices. Stranger Things 3, a tie-in retro RPG for the third season of the Netflix series, had previously been available across several platforms but was delisted shortly before the Netflix Games service launched. After a launch price of $20, it was usually priced at $10 and often went on sale for $5. Now it’s included with your standard Netflix subscription along with a handful of other games.

What games can you play?

At release there are five games available through the Netflix Games service:

  • Stranger Things: 1984
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Shooting Hoops
  • Teeter Up
  • Card Blast

The two Stranger Things games are from developer BonusXP, each with a setting-appropriate retro pixel art style. Shooting Hoops and Teeter Up are a basketball and physics balancing game, respectively, from Frosty Pop–the mobile studio that has also developed Apple Arcade originals like The Get Out Kids and The Pinball Wizard. Finally, Card Blast is a card-based puzzle game from Amuzo and Rogue Ones.

All games on Netflix Games come with no fees, in-app purchases, or ads.

What devices are supported?

Netflix Games is only available on Android devices, though Netflix has said it plans to expand its offering to Apple iOS devices as well. If you have an Android phone or tablet, simply update the Netflix app and you’ll see a Games section in the interface.

How does it work?

Netflix has not announced plans to introduce a streaming service, but it has said it considers this the “early days of creating a great gaming experience.”

The mobile games are available in many languages, so any games you download will default to the language preference from your Netflix profile. You can also download the games for each profile on your account across various devices, and select games will be available without an internet connection.

Long-term, Netflix says it hopes to make a service that caters to “every kind of player,” from novices to more experienced gamers.

What parental controls are available?

Netflix Games won’t be available for kids or on their profiles, and if you have a PIN set up to protect your adult profiles, you will be asked to play games on a device. That makes the parental controls features an extension of the controls that already exist on your Netflix account.

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