retro riffs

Stranger Games

For my recent Netflix Hack Day project, I had a strong desire to create something based on Stranger Things, a Netflix Original that debuted last year and quickly quenched my thirst of 80's nostalgia.

Having seen a few fan-based video games following its popular release, I felt equally inspired to make some kind of video game homage as well. It also interested me to design something in the process that was more era-appropriate. Since our Stranger Things story begins in 1983, it seemed logical to aim for an Atari 2600 aesthetic. Even the show itself referenced Atari, so that was all the convincing I needed :)

In the end I decided to borrow game-play elements from Frogger and Pacman ( though the demon slugs were loosely inspired by the Brain enemy's cruise missiles from Robotron ) Projecting the game screen onto the various TV sets was a bit of an afterthought ( I had recently noticed that the television set makes numerous appearances throughout the episodes, so I figured including them would improve the immersion and effect. )

Just as I experienced with MyDecadeTV, this project was an absolute joy to work on. And I'm very grateful for the recent attention it's received.

Click here if you'd like to play Stranger Games.


Joey Cato

Written by Joey Cato who lives and does stuff somewhere in California.