Developer: BonusXP, Inc.
In anticipation of the long awaited season 2 debut of Stranger Things and as a fan, I feel it is imperative for me to review this app. I will try not to fill this article with any spoilers for those of you who have yet to watch Stranger Things. By the way, for those who have not viewed this series, take a sick day and knock out season 1. You can thank me later, and yes, one day will do it.
Playing the Game
Once you download the game, the display eerily mimics that of Nintendo which is in harmony with the era of the show. Nostalgia immediately set in, and my mind reminisced as if I were sitting in the early 80’s preparing to conquer the Legend of Zelda. Reality quickly set in as I tapped the flashing “start” on the beginning screen. You can then select “Normal” or “Classic” game mode. I chose the Normal mode as Classic comes with a warning, “Experienced players only. It’s like 1984 Hard.” I don’t qualify myself as experienced especially when it comes to gaming especially on a 5” screen. Per usual, I digress. You begin your adventure with Hopper, the local sheriff, and he is armed with a power punch. Much like most adventure mode games, there are enemies, doors to unlock, lasers to disarm, and you even get a taste of the “Upside Down” world. The story is organized into chapters, and there is an associated goal of each chapter you must complete whether it is defeating a villain or finding a character. Use the map to help you navigate, and most importantly, keep track of your health. Like most games, health is measured as a heart meter up to 5 (another throw back to Zelda). Try to limit damage from enemies and even animals throughout the maps. There is no limit to lives or how many times you can respawn so you can play endlessly. Destroy trash cans, bushes, other random items, and enemies to collect health, coins, and ammunition. Find and meet up with characters and even collect gnomes which will not only add to the storyline, but certain characters will become part of your posse and bring along with them certain “powers.” I am being very coy with the context of this review as to not play spoiler which I hope only entices you to play the game, and more so, watch the series.
I know what you are thinking…this guy likes the show more than the app. You would be correct in that assumption which is the only reason why the app is so freakin’ popular. The app, itself, is a quality development and generally follows the story line of the show, but I had a hard time navigating the chapters even with a map. Like I said, these type of games are not my forte so give this app a try, at least, and you will probably find some level of enjoyment in spite of me.