After hearing rumblings about Netlifx working on its gaming service this past summer, the media giant is officially jumping into the space with its first five mobile games. Netflix launched its gaming service exclusively for Android but the company says iOS compatibility is “on the way.”
Netflix’s VP of Game Development, Mike Verdu shared the big news in a blog post today:
We love games, whether it’s physical games (Floor Is Lava), mind games (The Circle) or Squid Game😉. And we love entertaining our members. 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). Whether you’re craving a casual game you can start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dig deeper into your favorite stories, we want to begin to build a library of games that offers something for everyone. We’re in the early days of creating a great gaming experience, and we’re excited to take you on this journey with us.
The Netflix press release detailed the gaming service launch is for Android only at the moment but iOS support is incoming.
Our mobile games are currently available on Android devices when you log into your Netflix profile:
- Members on an Android mobile phone will see a dedicated games row and games tab where you can select any game to download.
- Members on an Android tablet will see a dedicated games row or be able to select games from the categories drop down menu to download and play.
Netflix notes that some of its games are available offline, but not all. Also, the games are currently not available when using a kids’ profile.
Netflix also says it’s working on creating a wide variety of titles for its service:
Just like our series, films and specials, we want to design games for any level of play and every kind of player, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong gamer.
And we’re just getting started. We’re excited to continue improving our mobile gaming experience and adding to our entertainment offering in the months ahead.
Interestingly, in the official press release, there was no mention of iOS support in the works. But the official Netflix Geeked Twitter account says it is “on the way.”
With the approach of this service being based on downloading separate games that are played outside of the Netflix app, this should work with Apple’s App Store rules when Netflix wants to bring it to iOS.
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