Netflix may be getting into video games

Remember when you could rent video games, maybe from Blockbuster or whatever online service did this? All that’s old is new again. Sorta.

GameFly. It’s still around!

Wow! My only fuzzy memories of it was either it costs too much or the good games were never available.

Datamining turned up some interesting things, could be placeholder/mockups or something else but some interesting things if not

As expected, Netflix’s gaming ambition is about mobile and through their existing app, at least for now.

Speaking of Mike Verdu, there’s a great article about Mission Critical that’s basically Verdu’s oral history of making the game. I really want to replay that now.

» Mission Critical The Digital Antiquarian (

That’s why we’re excited to take our first step in launching Netflix games on mobile to the world. Starting today, members everywhere can play five mobile games: Stranger Things: 1984 (BonusXP) , Stranger Things 3: The Game (BonusXP) , Shooting Hoops (Frosty Pop) , Card Blast (Amuzo & Rogue Games) , and Teeter Up (Frosty Pop)

From About Netflix - Let the Games Begin: A New Way to Experience Entertainment on Mobile

I predict this bombs miserably.

I wondered if that Ryan Reynolds Netflix Dragon’s Lair project would wind up being more of a game than a movie, but it isn’t presented in the list of games in that article.

Basically just 1% of Netflix subscribers are playing Netflix games.

Remember how Netflix surprised everyone and named Microsoft as its technological partner for its upcoming ad-supported streaming service? Remember, Reed Hastings was once a member of Microsoft’s board. And Reed Hastings mentored Satya Nadella when Satya wanted to study a company outside of Microsoft, so Reed let Satya shadow him multiple times. There are lots of close ties between the two companies. Netflix has TV and movies. MS has games. That could smell of “synergies” down the road.

Anyone happen to know whether the Into the Breach content expansion would have happened without Netflix being involved?

I have Netflix, but haven’t figured out how to even access the Netflix game catalog (granted, I haven’t spent a lot of time looking, either). At least from my perspective, they have a profound discoverability issue.

I have the exact same issue, and I was actually curious!

It’s definitely not easy to find. Only one I’ve been able to do it is searching for Netflix on the App Store, going in to one of the listings, then looking at more apps from that publisher. I assume you can do something similar on Google Play Store, but I haven’t used that in years.

Yeah, it seems impossible to find a webpage listing all the games they’ve released! Unbelievable.

Anyway, besides Into the Breach, I’ve only played Poinpy so far. It’s a really good how-far-can-you-go game like Downwell (I think it’s the same devs), but going up! It has a nicely designed progression system that really makes you feel like you’re a super-player later in the game.

I’ve read recommendations for krispee street and Wonderputt but have yet to fire them up. Also, they’ve released a new version of Townsmen, which is thematically bland and not stunningly original, but is still maybe one of the best city builders on mobile. I think it’s the same old game, but without microtransactions.

This is the page with the list of games, as far as I know:

I had no idea! This is pretty great. Just tried Poinpy, Mahjong Solitaire, and Wonderputt.

I thought you were trolling me for a second. I’d been to that page when I was looking earlier, and it just seemed empty, until I looked closely. Why the hell did they bury all the games under one of those unfolding bullet points??

The games are pretty front and center in the mobile apps on iOS and Android. But if you only watch on a TV it’s easy to not know about them.

Yeah, there’s an icon at the bottom of the Netflix app for Android for games. should admit I’ve developed an addiction to knittens, which is an ad- and RMT free candy crush clone. Which is funny, because I was only interested in Netflix Games for Into the Breach.