It has been a long wait, but Stranger Things season two is finally here. For many, the return of the popular Netflix show gives them a reason to sleep with the lights on, but for others, it might renew their interest in spooks.
There are plenty of games that capture the essence Stranger Things – teens working together and things that go bump in the night. Here are eleven games that fans of the Netflix show have to play.
Night School Studio’s indie hit Oxenfree follows a group of teenage friends who visit an abandoned military island. Visiting the island is a time-honored tradition for the high schoolers but what should be a routine hangout turns into a terrifying adventure. As the teenagers unwittingly unleash paranormal forces, players (as protagonist Alex) must make decisions and solve puzzles along the way.
Based on the iconic Ridley Scott movie Alien, Alien: Isolation takes fans back to the Sevastopol as Amanda Ripley searches for answers about the disappearance of her mother, Ellen Ripley. But this is far from a straightforward investigation and it soon turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse as Amanda tries to avoid the alien. Promising jumpscares and incredibly tense moments (including hiding under tables and in lockers), this survival horror game is best played during daylight hours.
Another game combining fearsome aliens and a devastated space station is Arkane Studios’ Prey. A reboot of the original series, Prey is much more focused on horror than the original, as protagonist Morgan Yu must try and escape from an intelligent alien threat called Typhon. Players can learn from the aliens, embracing powers such as Mimic to turn into inanimate objects, but doing so can alert the aliens and make things so much harder.
Dead Space 2
Visceral Games’ may have closed down, but its 2011 survival horror game Dead Space 2 is one of the best examples of “spooky games set in a space station.” It follows Isaac Clarke as he defeats Necromorphs on the Sprawl, slicing off limbs and watching the enemies switch up their playstyles as a result. Necormorphs aren’t the only thing players have to keep an eye on, though, as Isaac’s oxygen level can drop and cause the character to suffocate.
Friday the 13th: The Game
More focused on working together (but no less terrifying) is horror movie tie-in, Friday the 13th: The Game. Offering asymmetrical multiplayer gameplay, the game pits camp counselors against Jason Voorhees as players work together to escape from the famed killer. If Voorhees catches the counselors, it can lead to some incredibly grim and gory deaths, in the spirit of the iconic slasher movies. It’s not pretty but the game is certainly a lot of fun.
If outright horror games aren’t your thing then Costume Quest is a family-friendly alternative. The Double Fine Productions adventure is set on Halloween night as a group of children go trick or treating in an effort to save their friend. In true Double Fine fashion, Costume Quest‘s characters can turn into their costumes to take down the monsters.
Night in the Woods
A surprise indie hit that released this year, Night in the Woods follows a character named Mae as she returns to her hometown only to discover a dark mystery. Longstanding secrets and the disappearance of her friend lead Mae to explore, solve puzzles, and investigate to find out what happened.
An offbeat point and click adventure, Maniac Mansion follows a teenager named Dave as he and his pals try to rescue Dave’s girlfriend from a mad scientist. Created by Lucasfilm Games (also known for the Monkey Island and Sam & Max games), it may come as little surprise that Maniac Mansion also involves a sentient meteor. It’s more silly than totally spooky, but for those who want their supernatural with a side of humor, this 1987 classic is a fantastic pick.
Day of the Tentacle: Remastered
If you enjoy Maniac Mansion then you’ll also enjoy Day of the Tentacle: Remastered. This follow-up stars Bernard Bernoulli and his friends as a sentient tentacle tries to take over the world. Time travel, puzzles and point and click gameplay are all included in this iconic adventure.
Life is Strange
Released in 2015, Dontnod Entertainment’s episodic adventure was seen as a huge risk when it launched. But the game, which follows teenagers Max Caulfield and Chloe Price as they try to save Arcadia Bay, has proved to be a massive hit. Max’s supernatural powers allow her to rewind time and change how an event plays out. Like many of the other games on this list, it lets players make decisions and includes multiple, highly dramatic endings.
Stranger Things: The Game
Closing out this list is an actual Stranger Things tie-in video game that you can play for free right now. A mobile app released to celebrate the second season of the show, it’s a 16-bit adventure game that lets players solve puzzles all over Hawkins, Indiana. The characters have unique abilities which they can use to take down foes.
With Stranger Things season three not likely to happen until next Halloween, these games will have to tide viewers over until then. Hopefully even more supernatural games about teens working together will be released in the meantime.