Launched in 1997, Netflix has come a long way in a very short amount of time. Starting out as a mail-order DVD rental company, it was only in 2007 that streaming and on-demand content was introduced to the platform.
Since then, Netflix has screened some of the biggest hitters across streaming services, including The Crown, Tiger King, and more recently, Squid Game – some of which Netflix produced themselves, with their ever-growing production studio.
Netflix continues to go from strength to strength – and the numbers speak for themselves. As of October 2021, Netflix has over 214 million subscribers worldwide. Now comes the next target of Netflix’s aim to entertain: Mobile games.
Mobile Games on Netflix
It was only a matter of time before the streaming giant broadened their content offering, with games becoming the natural progression. Available worldwide, members can play as multiple profiles on the same account. However, they don’t feature on kids’ profiles and can be PIN protected, giving you full control. What’s more, the games come in various languages and can be downloaded to play offline.
Below we explain how to get games on Netflix, as well as a quick overview of what games are currently available.
1. Sign up and sign in
If you haven’t signed up to Netflix yet, you’ll need to create an account and choose a subscription. If you have an account already, simply login to the mobile app. Games on Netflix are free to all members – no ads, no additional fees, and no in-app purchases.
2. Games row or games tab
Depending on whether you have an Android an iOS phone or tablet, there is a difference as to where you’ll find games on the mobile Netflix app. With Netflix open on your device, find the location of the games based on the following:
Android mobile: Dedicated games row and games tab.
iOS mobile: Dedicated games row only.
Android or iOS tablet: Dedicated games row or via the categories drop-down menu.
3. Let the games begin
Browse the selection of games available and simply tap to play online. Before you can play a game offline, you’ll need to download it via Google Play or the App Store. To do this, in the Netflix app, click ‘Get Game’, where you’ll see an option to download.
It’s worth noting that to download these games on Google Play, you still need a Netflix subscription.
What Games are on Netflix?
While there’s currently a modest selection of available games on Netflix, if history is anything to go by, there’ll be an extensive library in no time at all. Netflix plans to eventually offer something for every type of gamer, from casual, quick rounds to more immersive, story-based experiences. In the meantime, here are a few to get you started.
Stranger Things: 1984
It’s 1984 all over again and you need to help Hopper and the gang complete missions around Hawkins and the Upside Down. This retro pixel adventure game is reminiscent of classic games from that era.
Stranger Things 3: The Game
The official companion game to the third season of the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things 3 sees you work as a team to solve puzzles and battle evil that escapes from the Upside Down. Choose from 12 playable characters and play two-player or local co-op.
A revival of an old favourite, this adrenaline-fuelled racing game pits 4x4 monster trucks against each other in a variety of extreme terrains, like the Alps and Thai jungles. This game is currently being rolled out globally, so sit tight if you don’t see it on your Netflix app just yet.
Ever wanted to shoot a basketball from a dart gun? Now’s your chance with this fast, fun shooting-meets-sports mobile game. It also features power-ups, wacky physics, and tons of unlockable balls with different weights and gameplays.
The aim: Guide a ball into a hole. No monsters or dragons. Your only enemies are gravity and the laws of physics. Sounds easy? Think again. Innovative and challenging, this simple game will provide hours of fun.
This fast-paced puzzle card game mixes skill with a bit of luck, for a fun poker-style experience. Create a winning hand, full house, or freeze, or rocket your way to the top.
Knockdown as many pins as possible in this endless runner game, which includes a level-based mode and fun boosts such as skateboarding, flying, and more.
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