Netflix Games

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Netflix, you may have an excellent library of video game adaptations, but your lineup of actual games is extremely lackluster.

Netflix Games is a lineup of games that started back in 2021 and is still going to this day. It's a lineup that currently distributes mobile video games, with cloud gaming being planned after Netflix announced that they would open the Netflix Games studio on Helsinki, Finland.

List of games

  • Dust & Neon
  • Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story
  • Into the Dead 2: Unleashed
  • Stranger Things: 1984
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Dominoes Café
  • Shooting Hoops
  • Poinpy
  • Rival Pirates
  • TMNT: Shredder's Revenge
  • Tomb Raider Reloaded
  • Twelve Minutes
  • This is a True Story
  • OXENFREE
  • Before Your Eyes
  • Dragon Up
  • Highwater
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Scriptic: Crime Stories
  • Laya's Horizon
  • Cats & Soup
  • Bowling Ballers
  • World of Goo Remastered
  • Terra Nil
  • Asphalt Xtreme
  • Country Friends
  • Dungeon Dwarves
  • Mighty Quest Rogue Palace
  • Moonlighter
  • TRANSFORMERS Forged to Fight
  • Immortality
  • Spiritfarer
  • Too Hot to Handle: Love Is a Game
  • Townsmen: A Kingdom Rebuilt
  • Lucky Luna
  • Bloons TD 6
  • Teeter (Up)
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon
  • Into the Breach
  • Desta: The Memories Between
  • OXENFREE II: Lost Signals
  • Valiant Hearts: Coming Home
  • Sonic Prime Dash
  • The Queen's Gambit Chess
  • Too Hot to Handle 2
  • Cut the Rope Daily
  • Farming Simulator 2023 (the Netflix version, not the paid version that still exists on mobile)
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Trillogy – The Definitive Edition (although there is a paid version)
  • Death's Door
  • Sonic Mania Plus
  • Rainbow Six: Smol
  • Hades
  • Paper Trail
  • Pillow Fight

Why It Flopped

  1. The main reason this was done was because Netflix was losing money, especially after laying out employees and axing jobs in the animation studio.
  2. The very concept of distributing mobile games in a massive streaming service is a questionable idea, even without ads and microtransactions, as they're not only meant to be for casual gamers, but they also have a bad reputation among gamers and also wasted the potential of making a cloud gaming service, since Netflix is known for being a giant service. That doesn't mean that mobile games are only for casual gamers. Some mobile games are very well done and have fanbases. However, distributing mobile games with very little knowledge of gaming as a whole is a terrible idea.
  3. The launch lineup was extremely dreadful. Unlike Stadia, which initially had 12 games but later threw another 10 games with one exclusive with some of them being very old, Netflix Games only had 5 games at launch, and none of them are system sellers. In fact, 2 of them are pretty bad.
  4. They published some bad games like Stranger Things 3: The Game, Dominoes Café, Shooting Hoops and the Too Hot to Handle games (based on the already bad show Too Hot to Handle).
  5. Most of the games released in the service are versions that already exist in other platforms, which is totally pointless, since you could buy the same games, and even keep them forever. It's totally unnecessary paying a subscription just to play games that already exist in other platforms. The most hilarious things about this is that some games in the service already exist on mobile in the Google Play Store and App Store, which totally defeats the purpose of the service, paid games, such as the recently released Netflix version of Farming Simulator 2023 (the original version still exists), now you can play for free if you have a Netflix subscription.
  6. Because of them planning to rerelease mobile games, some of them were forced to shut down in favor of being released on the platform such as Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales and Narcos: Cartel Wars & Strategy.
  7. Netflix made very little advertisements, to the point that not a lot of people actually know that the company was offering games until Grand Theft Auto: The Trillogy – The Definitive Edition was announced.
  8. Because of all of these reasons, it was reported that less than 1%  are actually playing the games that Netflix offers.
  9. Although the lineup has improved, the amount of games is still low, with 70 games being actually released. Compare this to Stadia, which despite being a flop, had at least 278 titles, while Apple Arcade has more than 200 games.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Despite having ports of already existing games, some of them are pretty good and are even widely acclaimed games, such as Into the Breach (one of the best games of the lineup), Oxenfree, Bloons TD 6, Spiritfarer, Asphalt Xtreme Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition and Sonic Mania.
  2. Even their exclusives can be great, such as Lucky Luna, Stranger Things: 1984, Laya's Horizon, Cut The Rope: Daily and This is a True Story.
  3. They revived the Cut The Rope franchise, since it didn't got a new game since 2015, with the release of Cup The Rope Daily, an unique Cut The Rope game where you get one level daily, and there are 10 stars.
  4. After Google announced that Stadia would shut down, and when Netflix announced that they would open a Netflix Games studio in Finland, they announced that they are going to take gaming seriously and jumping into cloud gaming.
  5. Even though the idea of offering mobile games was a questionable idea, at least Netflix offers them without any microtransactions and ads, so at least the games aren't pay-to-win.
  6. Even their casual games can be fun to play, such as Teeter (Up).
  7. Despite the little amount of advertisements, they're giving lot of support, by releasing games based on their IPs, as well releasing widely acclaimed games on the platform.
    • They partnered with Ubisoft to develop exclusive mobile games for their service, such as Valiant Hearts: Coming Home (a sequel to the 2014 game Valiant Hearts: The Great War) and an upcoming Assassin's Creed game.
    • Even better, there's a lot upcoming games that to be release like example; Sonic Mania Plus, etc.

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