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Netflix Is Going to Stream a Playable 'Minecraft' Adventure Game

The streaming service is teaming up with Telltale Games to extend the ‘Stranger Things’ universe and expand its interactive media catalogue.

by Matthew Gault
Jun 13 2018, 8:16pm

Netflix already has a few games on its platform, but more are on the way. The streaming service is teaming up with developer Telltale Games to bring Minecraft: Story Mode, an adventure game based on Minecraft that plays nothing like Minecraft, to the platform. As first reported by TechRadar, the entire five episode run of Telltale’s Minecraft game will come to the service and work with any device that streams Netflix and has a remote that can pick left or right.

Netflix games take the form of interactive stories such as Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. The setup is simple—the viewer watches the show for a bit then gets to choose the path for the character. Early on in Puss in Book, the viewer gets to decide between making the cartoon cat fight a god or fight a tree. It’s like Dragon’s Lair or many of the adventure games developed by Telltale.

Minecraft: Story Mode is a good choice. It’s the simplest and most kid-friendly of the Telltale games with most of the choices breaking down along binary lines—much like Puss in Book and Netflix’s other interactive narrative titles. Something like The Walking Dead or Batman: The Telltale Series have some more complicated games that require more delicate input.

More exciting is the news that Telltale Games is working on a new game set in the Stranger Things universe. Netflix didn't share any details about what that game would be, but Netflix has said it won’t be playable on its platform.