App Games We Should Definitely See on Netflix
Netflix recently entered the gaming industry by launching Netflix Games, a newly added section to their mobile app that will showcase free-to-play app games for their avid subscribers. In connection to this new venture, the giant streaming media company recently hired the former Electronic Arts executive Mike Verdu as the new vice president of their newly established gaming division. They also recently acquired a couple of game studios to be part of their growing roster of developers for Netflix Games including Night School Studio (creator of Oxenfree and Afterparty) and Next Games (The Walking Dead No Man’s Land and The Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales).
Currently, Netflix Games only offers five games in their library but they are expected to launch a portfolio of world-class app games soon. While there are no further announcements yet on what kind of games they will launch exclusively soon for Netflix Games, it is safe to assume that most of these app games will be entirely based on their hit original shows which could also be part of their promotion. Netflix has a great number of hit shows that can be potentially adapted into a mobile game. Today, we are listing down some of the hit Netflix shows that we should definitely see on Netflix Games.
A New Castlevania Game
Castlevania is an animated series on Netflix that is already based on the classic video game of the same name. The first Castlevania game by Konami was launched in 1986 for the Nintendo Entertainment System and it grew into a successful franchise expanding to multiple series and spin-offs. The last Castlevania video game was launched in 2014 before it was adapted into an animated series in 2017. Interestingly, the Netflix series was not just based on the actual story from the game but the animation is also heavily based on Ayami Kojima’s artwork, the same artist behind the successful video game.
Now that Netflix recently announced that they are planning to renew the series for the fifth season, it would be a great opportunity for Netflix Games to launch an app game inspired by the series. It would be nice to see a new Castlevania app game in an arcade-style 2D platformer. Throw some pixel-art graphics and incorporate those old-school 8Bit sounds from the classic Castlevania game and it will surely give you a nostalgic gaming experience.
A Squid Game Puzzle
Squid Game is undeniably one of the most successful South Korean survival dramas on Netflix. It is battle royale-inspired series where 456 players risk their lives to play a series of deadly games which are apparently based on popular children’s games. All players will fight for their own survival and the last man standing will win the billion-worth of prizes. Following the success of the series, a great number of Squid Game-inspired app games dominated the app store in an attempt to attract more fans. Of all the children’s games featured in the series, the Red-Light Green-Light is probably the most memorable.
The Season 2 of Squid Game is already on its way and it would be a perfect opportunity for Netflix Games to develop their own Squid Game-inspired app game. This could work well as a level-by-level based puzzle game where players will attempt to get the highest score by surviving all the challenges as long as they possibly can. If they want to step it up to a higher level, Netflix Games can develop a battle royale app game where multiple players will be deployed on a remote island and will fight for their survival in a classic Squid Game fashion.
An All of Us Are Dead Horror Survival Game
Another successful Netflix South Korean series is the recently concluded All of Us Are Dead. The series revolves around a group of students who are trapped in a zombie-infested high school. Using the best of their skills and utilizing some common tools and equipment, the survivors must fight their way out and find a safe shelter to stay in. It also features a group of infected people who are considered asymptomatic and developed enhanced strength and abilities.
There are rumors that All of Us Are Dead will be renewed for another season. In line with this, Netflix Games can promote the series by developing a horror survival app game based on the show. It would be nice to see our beloved Cheong-San alive and fighting a horde of zombies or maybe seeing a “hambie” Nam-ra in an epic zombie-killing spree. Improvising weapons via a crafting system would be an excellent addition too.
The Umbrella Academy Platformer Game
The Umbrella Academy will be back for the third season this coming June. Vanya, Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Ben, and Five will reunite once more to stop a new apocalypse. This season, however, will introduce us to the Sparrow Academy which will put the siblings into a new conflict. This superhero series that is based on a comic book is well received by fans and is commercially successful. If the series will be adapted into an app game, it could work well as a simple platformer. However, not all skills can be translated well into a game. For instance, Allison’s mind-controlling power and Klaus’ ability to communicate with the dead are not exactly combat materials.
In this case, Luther’s superstrength, Diego’s telekinetic ability, and Five’s space and time-traveling can be used as options. Players can select their preferred character and explore a series of challenging levels with a varying range of difficulties. They could also input some physics-based puzzles along the way.
The Floor Is Lava App App Game
Netflix recently revealed that this entertaining game show will return for the second season two years after the first season concluded. As the title of the game show suggests, Floor is Lava is merely based on the same game that we used to play as kids. Here, contestants will navigate a series of obstacle courses in a room filled with bright red goop that simulates the hot lava.
There is no best way to adapt this hilarious game show than having it as a platformer game. In line with the upcoming Season 2, Netflix Games can develop a 2D platformer where players can explore a series of obstacle-filled levels. This game could work similarly to the classic Fireboy and Watergirl flash game where they can input some cooperative multiplayer elements to complete various levels.
Shadow and Bone RPG
Shadow and Bone is a fantasy series on Netflix. The series follows the story of young Alina Starkov, an orphan and cartographer of the Ravka nation’s First Army who discovers a special gift that allows her to summon light, an ability that can unify the world and save it from the Shadow Fold. The so-called Fold is filled with various monsters and mythical creatures like sea monsters, firebirds, and even dragons. Some people believed that this series could be the next Game of Thrones due to its very compelling story and remarkable CGI.
If the “Shadow and Bone” series is adapted into an app game, it could fit well in a Role-Playing Game genre. Netflix Games can incorporate all its fantasy-themed elements and translate them into an MMO style of gaming. They can take players into the immersive world of Ravka, select and customize their own character, and set them into an epic journey. Players can explore various regions, obtain skills, and accept quests to earn points and experience! What an awesome MMORPG it could be!
A Locke & Key Hidden Object Puzzle
Locke & Key is another fantasy drama from Netflix that follows the story of the Locke siblings as they unfold the mystery behind their dad’s magical house known as the Keyhouse. The children soon discover a number of mysterious keys that are randomly hidden in the house and each of the keys have a unique ability. They also learned that a demonic entity is searching for all the keys and they must protect them at all costs. The series was recently renewed for a third season and is set to be released this year.
In connection to this, Netflix Games can take advantage of their platform to promote the show. This mystery-themed series could fit well in a Hidden Object Puzzle similar to games like Mystery Case Files or any of those visually stunning hidden-object puzzle app games by BigFish. The app game might allow players to explore every room in the Keyhouse and find all the hidden objects including the magic keys.
A Disenchantment Collectible Card Game
Disenchantment is a satire fantasy animated series on Netflix created by Matt Groening, the same guy behind successful animated series like The Simpsons and Futurama. The series follows the story of Princess Beans and her misadventures in the Kingdom of Dreamland. She is accompanied by her friends Elfo and Luci and together, they will unfold some mythical mysteries surrounding their magical kingdom. Disenchantment is currently on its fourth season and while there is no confirmation yet for season 5, many fans are speculating that the new season will probably hit the streaming platform in late 2023 or early 2024.
Ideally, Disenchantment can work well as a collectible card game for mobile. It can utilize all its fantasy medieval elements and apply the same deck-building gameplay used in Meteorfall: Journey by Slothwerks. They can also apply the same mechanics used for Kongregate’s Animation Throwdown which already features some popular cartoon series like Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill, and Groening’s very own Futurama.
An Army of the Dead First-Person Shooter
Army of the Dead is Zack Synder’s zombie heist film that was exclusively released on Netflix. The story follows a group of mercenaries who plan a Las Vegas casino heist amid a zombie apocalypse. It was a commercially successful Netflix film that eventually expanded into a franchise consisting of a spin-off prequel (Army of Thieves), an upcoming direct sequel, and an animated series. If Netflix Games decides to adapt the franchise into an app game, Army of the Dead could work well as an action-packed first-person shooter game.
The FPS gameplay would allow players to engage in a gruesome zombie-killing spree action. Since this is also a heist film, they can also apply some team-based campaigns similar to Call of Duty: Mobile and Overwatch and encourage players to complete looting quests while dealing with a seemingly endless horde of zombies.
A Dark Crystal RPG
Despite being a well-acclaimed series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was canceled by Netflix. The series is based on Jim Henson’s 1982 film of the same name. It follows the story of a group of so-called Gelflings who went on an epic journey to save their planet from the evil forces led by Skeksis. The series remained faithful to the original Jim Henson film and used real puppets for the show instead of heavily relying on CGI. Whether or not Netflix is planning to renew the series, the story and its dark fantasy theme are both perfect material for a role-playing game.
The game can take players to the mystical world of Thra and ideally, they can create their own Gelfling character as they explore the vast world. They can incorporate all classic RPG elements including quest systems, dungeon crawling, and other rogue-like features that we all enjoy.
Take note that these are just ideas that we thought could work well if ever Netflix is planning to add new games to their growing library.
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