Stranger Things 3: The Game is a note-for-note retelling of Stranger Things season three, released day and date with the popular Netflix series. If you haven’t seen it, Stranger Things (the show) draws influence from several retro sources, most notably the novels of Stephen King and child-endangerment movies of the ’80s such as The Goonies and Stand By Me. Similarly, the Stranger Things video game takes inspiration from games of days gone by, especially late SNES titles. This is a little ironic since the show is set in 1985, just before the Nintendo Entertainment System debuted in select markets in the U.S., and the Super NES graphics the game is imitating wouldn’t show up for another decade.
I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers in this review, but odds are pretty good if you’re reading this, you’ve already binged your way through the latest season already. If not, the short, spoiler-free version: It’s a fun co-op game, but there are a few technical problems that keep it from greatness. Namely, it goes on a little too long and follows the source material a little too closely.