I tried Netflix Games And It’s Surprisingly Good

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Netflix Games is the result of a gaming push from the online streaming giant. Instead of going after the PC gamers, Netflix has put its eggs in the mobile gaming market. If you have an active Netflix subscription, you might have already seen the Games section.

As a long-term Netflix user, I had not bothered checking out the Games section. I usually watch shows on my Tablet or TV and do nothing much. But when I saw that Dead Cells was available on Netflix Games, I decided to try it out. Spoiler alert: It is much better than I expected. Here’s my take on Netflix Games.

What is Netflix Games?

Netflix Games is a gaming bundle service offering many paid mobile games at no extra cost to Netflix subscribers. It’s similar to Xbox Game Pass but with mobile games for Android, iPhones, and iPads.

Netflix Games recently received press coverage for exclusively adding Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: The Definitive Edition. But that’s not the only game worth trying in Netflix Games. It has a vast collection of console-quality games such as Dead Cells, Death’s Door, Tomb Raider Reloaded, Raji, and more.

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How does it work?

Netflix didn’t try to create a new app store to host the games; rather, they are hosted on the Google Play Store or on the Apple App Store depending on which platform you use. I’m an Android user, so that’s where I tested most of these games. The games can be downloaded for free, but you will need an active Netflix subscription (any tier) to play them.

The games list can be accessed from the Netflix app. Open Netflix and tap the Games button in the navigation bar.

The games are arranged according to genres, and you can add them to your list like you do for TV shows and movies.

Clicking on Get Game will take you to the Play Store to download the game.

NOTE: The games list can be accessed from the publisher page of Netflix on the Play Store.

The Games I Tried

Dead Cells

I’m a big Dead Cells guy and have been playing it on my Steam Deck for over 70 hours cumulative. I wanted to try the Android version to see how it’s different and maybe start a different run in the game. The main reason I decided to try Netflix Games is this game. What interested me was the fact that all the DLCs are included in the Android version, which is available as a Paid game or can be played with Netflix Games.

The Netflix Games version doesn’t come with a Play Games login. Instead, it comes with a Netflix login. You can choose the profile for the game

I tried the touch controls on the game but found them not that impressive. I love the touch and feel of controllers for games like this, where you’re constantly pushing buttons. I had a wireless Android gamepad from Evofox lying around and started playing like this:

It’s a much better experience now!

Dead Cells is a Roguelike-Metroidvania action platformer, you play as the Prisoner, who is on a mission to slay the King of the island. But to reach there, you must beat each procedurally generated level, each distinctively different from the other.

As a roguelike, you must play the game again if you get killed in the game, and what makes Dead Cells interesting is that for each run, you’re playing through a different map. And that’s fun to play around. The trailer sums up the game: “Kill, Die, Learn and Repeat”.

I had so much fun exploring the new levels unlocked via the DLCs that I haven’t played yet, especially the Castlevania tie-in DLC called “The Return to Castlevania”.

Dead Cells costs Rs 590 on Google Play store, and getting it bundled at no extra cost? I’m impressed!

GTA: Vice City – The Definitive Edition

The GTA trilogy dropped on Netflix Games exclusively on mobile. You can’t buy the definitive editions of the GTA trilogy on the Play Store. Of the three games, the one I wanted to play the most is Vice City, a game I haven’t touched in a very long time, even though I vividly remember playing it on my potato PC back in the day.

The Definitive Edition of GTA: Vice City brings HD graphics to Vice City, which looks good on mobile. The game plays more or less the same as the original version: Tommy walks the same, and vehicles drive more or less the same. The difference is in graphics; the Definitive edition brings new textures, making the game look much better than I remember.

The cars burn much better here, and the explosions look better, too. Then, there are modern additions like the weapon wheel, the ability to restart missions immediately, GPS for navigation, and more. I played the game with my controller, which works well with it.

I just started the game and played about six or seven missions. I’m waiting for the Demolition Man mission, and I think I still have PTSD from playing this infamous mission (if you know, you know!).

This game is exclusively available via Netflix Games. It’s a must-play for a GTA fanboy like myself. One more win for Netflix.

Katana Zero

Katana Zero caught my interest while browsing the Netflix Games catalogue. I hadn’t seen the game before, so I searched for it and found that it is rated Overwhelmingly Positive on Steam, so my interest peaked.

Katana Zero is an action game with pixel graphics. One plays as an assassin named Subject Zero, who wields a Katana as his weapon of choice. He has the power to slow down time and dash without taking any damage. The game worked great with my controller. I also checked the on-screen controls, but I prefer the physical controls for this game as well.

Subject Zero gets a mission to assassinate someone, and one must complete each puzzle-like level precisely. I had to kill enemies using a Katana, but the twist is that the enemies can kill you with a single shot. Each level takes many tries, but I had so much fun playing it. Also, this was my first time visiting a therapist in a game; I didn’t expect it. Oh, and there are nightmares. I’ll be playing this game for hours.

Raji: An Ancient Epic

Raji is an interesting game I wanted to try out. It’s one of the very few games from India to get a major console release and even receive some awards. I tried the prelogue of the game long back on Steam, and as the full version is available on Netflix Games, I decided to try it.

Raji disappointed me initially, as it didn’t support controllers and only used on-screen controls. But I didn’t mind that and started playing the game. I was pleasantly surprised to see the game asking me to choose between English and Hindi.

The game follows Raji, the titular character, who loses her brother as he’s taken away. Raji is on a mission to save him, and the game is tied in with Hindu mythology. As the game started, the English audio didn’t seem that impressive, so I tried Hindi audio. It’s much better to hear Vishnu and Kali converse in Hindi in the game than in English.

Raji is truly impressive as an indie game produced in India. I have played the first two chapters; I’ll be back for more.

What happened to Hades?

I was very excited to see that Hades (a game I love) had an Android version and was bundled with Netflix games. The game is prominently featured on the Tudum Games page on Netflix, but the Get Mobile Game link responded with a 404 error on Netflix. And it’s nowhere to be seen in the Play Store.

Hades is available on Netflix Games on iOS. If you have an iPhone, you should definitely try this game. It is one of the best Roguelike games I have ever played and one of my favourites currently, next to Dead Cells.

Games I want to try next on Netflix Games

The collection of games is superb on Netflix Games, and there are many quality games I want to try next:

  • Rainbow Six: SMOL – Rainbox Six Siege, but in a mobile-friendly format.
  • Kentucky Route Zero – An interactive story-based game on my Steam wishlist.
  • Death’s Door – Looks like an interesting Souls-like game.
  • Lucky Luna – Seems like an interesting platformer. Pixel graphics like Dead Cells have got my interest.

I’ll be playing Dead Cells, Katana Zero, GTA VC and Raji for now and will soon explore the rest of the Netflix Games library.

Netflix Games is surprisingly good!

There’s another dedicated app and gaming subscription service in the Play Store—Google Play Pass—priced at Rs 99 per month. While there are more than 1,000 apps and games in Play Pass and many of the same games are available on both Play Pass and Netflix Games, I think Netflix Games is the better service out of the two since you get access to the streaming service and the games at the price of one.

Also, note that I talked only about the games I’m interested in playing on Netflix Games. You might not like these games, but Netflix Games has almost 100 mobile games across categories such as adventure, strategy, RPG, interactive, Roguelite, puzzle, match 3, and more. There will be games you will like. Check out the full catalogue here.