Netflix’s Stranger Things was critically acclaimed when it released last summer. Being a love letter to the cinematic charm of the 80’s, the series’ popularity is unsurprising. Many viewers were brought back to times of Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, innocent middle school friendships, and outdated hairstyles. Naturally, this rush of nostalgia inspired a video game that captures the show’s retro setting. Developed by Infamous Quest, this Stranger Things video game lets players join the search for Will Byers in an homage to classic point-and-click adventures. Though the unofficial game is only a short demo, Infamous Quest has expressed interest in continuing development, if supported and allowed by Netflix.
The Stranger Things video game can be downloaded from the developer’s website.
Fans of this project won’t have to search far for more Stranger Things content. YouTube channel CineFix released an animation summarizing the show’s plot. This 8-bit style video, complete with text boxes and RPG elements, presents Stranger Things as a retro game that could compete with the likes of Earthbound. The fan projects even extend into the music scene. From acapella’s of the show’s theme to mashups of its sounds, many musicians have been inspired to create sounds inspired by the show.
These efforts will give audiences new ways to experience the series until it returns to Netflix. Development of a second season for Stranger Things was confirmed shortly after its original release. Multiple unresolved story elements, coupled with widespread viewer feedback, led to the announcement trailer. Several new cast members have joined the production, which will release in 2017.