Thought Knots

The meandering musings of Joey Cato

Tag: retro

Stranger Games

Posted on February 3, 2017  in Games, Projects

Re-imagining Stranger Things as an interactive 1983 video game collection

For my recent Netflix Hack Day project, I wanted to create something based on Stranger Things, an original TV show that debuted last year and quickly appealed to my interest in 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 contribution 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. )

Just as I experienced with My80sTV, 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.

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