What you need to know
- Netflix Games is now available on iOS, with a handful of titles available.
- Netflix has made each game available as a separate download.
The games themselves will soon appear as listings in the Netflix app, but tapping them takes people to the App Store which is where the downloads are handled. That allows Apple to vet each game via its app review process — something similar services like Game Club also have to do.
Netflix Games is coming to iOS! Starting tomorrow, you can access Netflix Games through the Netflix app on any mobile device, anywhere in the world. pic.twitter.com/LoHYFi4xBXNetflix Games is coming to iOS! Starting tomorrow, you can access Netflix Games through the Netflix app on any mobile device, anywhere in the world. pic.twitter.com/LoHYFi4xBX— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) November 9, 2021November 9, 2021
The games currently available are:
- Stranger Things: 1984 (opens in new tab)
- Stranger Things 3 The Game (opens in new tab)
- Shooting Hoops (opens in new tab)
- Teeter (Up) (opens in new tab)
- Card Blast! (opens in new tab)
Existing Netflix subscribers can play these games free of charge with no ads or game-related in-app purchases to get in the way of the fun. If that sounds familiar, it should — it's what makes Apple Arcade so compelling. Netflix's catalog is much, much smaller right now but expect that to change in due course. Whether Netflix will ultimately be a viable competitor to Apple Arcade, however, we'll have to wait and see.
Interestingly, the games themselves do appear to have in-app purchases for a Netflix subscription, suggesting people can sign-up in-game. IAPs listed as "Netflix Standard Plan" and priced at $13.99 are currently available in all of the currently available titles.
If you want to upgrade your Apple Arcade and mobile gaming experience, check out our list of the best game controllers for mobile gaming.
Unlimited games, one price
Apple Arcade has over a hundred premium games with more added regularly each week. There is something here for everyone, and it only costs $5 a month for all you can game!
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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