How to play games on Netflix (that’s right, totally free!)


Netflix has played a pivotal role in transitioning the world from DVDs to streaming TV shows and movies over the internet to a variety of devices — phones, tablets, TVs, and laptops, you name it. With gaming booming, especially in mobile, the streaming service broadened its horizons last November with the launch of Netflix Games. The service has been offering relatively simple arcade games so far, but more elaborate ones like Assassin’s Creed are on the way. Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix gaming and how to get started.

Supported platforms and how to sign up

Netflix Games debuted on Android on November 2, followed by an iOS release a week later. To enjoy the titles the service has to offer, you need an Android phone or tablet running Android 8.0 or higher. Meanwhile, Apple users can run Netflix games on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS/iPadOS 15 or later.

If you meet these criteria, you don’t have to do much to get started. All you need is an active Netflix subscription – no additional fees or in-app purchases. Netflix doesn’t run ads either. If you don’t have a subscription, you can simply download the app, sign up and follow the on-screen instructions.

There’s no indication of when the service will lose its mobile exclusivity and make its way to TVs and other hardware, but Netflix could be working on it. More on that later.

The best titles to play on Netflix Games right now

Stranger Things 3: The Game

Stranger Things 3 Game Netflix Stranger Things 3: The Game features nostalgic top-down gameplay (Image credit: Netflix)

This cute little top-down game will remind you of the handheld console games of the past with its classic pixelated graphics. It is based on the third season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Things and is advertised as a beat ’em up game.

immortality

Immortality is more of an interactive film than a game where you have to find out what happened to Marissa Marcel – a young actress who seems to have vanished into thin air. In it, you’ll explore, search for clues and piece together hours of footage from three of the actress’ previously unreleased films.

Made! Bake Bash

A Netflix-exclusive Nailed It! Baking Bash is a competitive baking game with some very attractive 3D graphics. You can either play solo rapid-fire mini-games or compete against friends to “recreate edible masterpieces.”

country friends

Country Friends is a farming game about building the farm of your dreams developed by Gameloft. Here you can grow delicious fruits, craft exclusive products, share rewards and take care of each other’s harvests on the community farm.

Into the Dead 2: Unleashed

Into the Dead 2: Unleashed is set in a zombie apocalypse and gives you only one goal – survive. Armed with an arsenal of powerful weapons, you must fend off the ever-growing zombie menace while navigating treacherous terrain.

what lies ahead

While Netflix Games’ catalog leaves a lot to be desired, the streaming service is looking to extend its efforts to PCs and TVs with a possible cloud gaming service. There’s not much information available right now, but the company could be picking up the ball dropped by Google’s failed Stadia service.

Netflix Games now offers over 40 titles on mobile devices. But as part of its earnings report, it revealed that it has another 55 games in its pipeline – fourteen of which are being developed by Netflix’s own studios.