So Netflix has games now (yep, we're confused too)

Netflix logo plus the joystick emoji equals question marks.
(Image credit: Netflix/Apple/Future)

Yes, you read that correctly. Strangely enough, you can now play games on Netflix. The streaming giant announced a mobile gaming feature is being added to the mobile app, and honestly, we are so confused. 

Netflix is the world's most popular streaming service with over 200M subscribers, but it seems as though the platform is branching out into, er, gaming. Just last week the streaming platform announced an expansion of the service that will allow subscribers to play a range of games, with some games even being based on series on the streaming site, such as Stranger Things. Even though the games sound super cool, the internet is completely baffled by the news. Want to stream but have nowhere to watch? Make sure you check our roundup of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday TV deals

Netflix Games promotional image.

What games will you play? (Image credit: Netflix)

Netflix has said in its blog, "We want to begin to build a library of games that offers something for everyone." It has announced that it's released five games; Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up, all of which are available to play on iOS or Android devices. The games will be available to anyone with a subscription at no extra cost, and there will be no in-app purchases either - it almost seems too good to be true. Who knew Netflix was planning to become the next Nintendo? (Who are causing quite the controversy at the moment)

We can't help but feel like this announcement is a tiny bit out of the blue, and it looks as though the rest of the internet is feeling the same way. One user on Twitter tweeted, "This is… not where I thought they’d go with this," and another simply responded to Netflix's tweet, "I am surprised LMAO," to which we have to agree. We have to admit, the games look surprisingly fun and very addictive, especially those with their immersive storylines and 8-bit style graphics. 

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We're excited to have a play and see what the Netflix games have to offer. Perhaps somewhere down the line we will see more Netflix titles turned into games, and maybe even some Netflix themed gaming accessories. In the meantime, we will have to stick to streaming our favourites and testing out the new games. If you need somewhere to watch your Netflix favourites, then check out some of the hottest TV Black Friday deals, or if you are hoping to play the games via the Netflix mobile app, then why not have a look at our Apple Black Friday deals, and get your hands on an iPhone or iPad to stream and game. 

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.