In a bid to strengthen its relationship with gamers, Netflix has continued to bulk out its gaming subsidiary—aptly titled Netflix Games—with a generous variation of indie titles. And what makes this even more appealing, is that subscribers with an active membership can gain access to said catalog with as little as a mobile or tablet.
Sure enough, there's no telling what Netflix will branch out to this year, though one thing remains certain: the gaming division will continue to evolve, as will its treasure trove of playable experiences and exclusive perks. For now, though, these are the games that pretty much anyone with an active membership should check out.
5. Into the Dead 2: Unleashed
Zombie games have been washed up and wrung out to dry more times than we dare to fathom, yet only few of them have made a genuine impact on the gaming monopoly—more so on Android and iOS which, quite honestly, have very few to be proud of. But Into the Dead 2, on the other hand, is one it can hoist with pride, as it combines something of a rich story with an addictive on-rails experience. And don't get me wrong, it isn't quite as up to scratch as, say, Rush of Blood — but it does a pretty great job of implementing all of the same core features on a much smaller scale.
Into the Dead 2: Unleashed tells the story of a waylaid survivor who dares to go toe-to-toe with the undead for the sake of reaching his isolated family. To do this, players are invited to tag along and whittle down flesh-eating hordes in an action-packed and devilishly ravenous on-rails journey. Question is, how far will you be willing to go to see your family again? Between you and your own flesh and blood lies a valley of, well, flesh and blood. And teeth.
4. Twelve Minutes
Twelve Minutes is a story-driven game in which your role, as the general overseer of a recurring time loop, is to unravel the events that pertain to a couple that's about to meet their demise. With only twelve minutes on the clock, an apartment laced with clues, and an inevitable knock on the door that leads to your untimely death, you must work to whittle down the facts and thread together a timeline. Question is, how many times will you have to spin the wheel to conjure the best possible conclusion?
Granted, Twelve Minutes isn't the longest game, nor is it laden with overarching plotlines for you to indulge in. On the contrary, it's textbook point-and-click, and it shines brightest once the cogs in your head begin to rotate. Oh, and not to mention when it's complimented by the stellar voice acting from Willem Dafoe, James McAvoy and Daisy Ridley. Bite-sized perfection, clear as day, and arguably one of the best indie titles on Netflix Games, for sure.
3. Townsmen: A Kingdom Rebuilt
If you've spent any amount of time with a city-building game with loose sandbox elements, then you'll surely have an idea of how Townsmen: A Kingdom Rebuilt operates. However, unlike other full-fledged simulation games that host one too many functions, this Netflix port instead makes use of a much smaller palette—Android-sized, no less. And it's because of its less convoluted interface that nearly anyone, new or experienced, can dive into its medieval roots.
A Kingdom Rebuilt comprises a full-fat city-building experience with all the bells and whistles to challenge even the more advanced games of its kind. Its premise is simple: take a grassy plot of land, and transform it into something magical—a communal hub that's both profitable and forever on the move. How you develop this medieval haven, of course, is entirely up to you and your ability to manage finances, resources, and a booming population of loyal followers.
Highwater is an all-new action-adventure game exclusive to Netflix Games. Moreover, it is, quite frankly, one of the best-looking indie titles on the platform to date. Due to its colorful world and intriguing post-apocalyptic biomes (and not to mention diverse range of heroes), it definitely stands out as one of the most appealing. And what's more, it boasts a rich variety of gameplay elements, from open-world exploration to puzzle-solving, action to roleplay.
In Highwater, you take on the roles of four unlikely friends bound together for one drastic event — the end of the world. With a billionaire's plans to escape unearthed and left open for survivors to exploit, the squadron must cooperate in order to not only cheat, fight, and charter their ways to the citadel, but overcome their fears of being left behind as the world turns to ash.
For those who have already endured one of Sam Barlow's slice-and-dice interactive adventures, Immortality will no doubt look slightly familiar. And so it should, as its gameplay elements, really, are in the exact same ballpark as its the developer's earlier games. To this end, players are invited to shuffle through an external hard drive full of clips that pertain to a certain mystery, and then thread them together to create a timeline.
Immortality casts its focus on the disappearance of Marissa Marcel, an up-and-coming actress who, up until the time of her vanishing, found a home away from home beneath the bright lights of Hollywood. Your role, as the investigator with access to three of her unreleased movies and an untapped drive full of exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage, is to find out what happened. Who is Marissa Marcel, and where did she go? It's time to put your thinking cap on, Netflix Games subscribers!
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