Stranger Things Reimagined as an 8-Bit Game Is Pretty Much Perfect [SPOILERS]

8-bit Cinema meets Stranger Things.


This story contains lots of Stranger Things Season 1 spoilers.

Netflix's newest hit, Stranger Things, is set in the early 1980s. The show contains some references to gaming and was also influenced by gaming. But what if the show itself was an 8-bit game from the '80s?

The fine folks at 8-bit Cinema have given us an idea of Stranger Things could look like as a NES-inspired game--and it looks pretty cool. Beginning with an excellent midi take on the eerie title theme, the video then sees the player selecting Will as a character. Things go badly, of course, as Will is taken to the Upside Down, while his friends then go on a journey to rescue him.

All of the major plot points from Season 1 are covered in the video. The gameplay would involve collecting items (waffles and a dress for Eleven) and making use of Eleven's powers to escape from the evil Dr. Brenner. In the final showdown, Eleven defeats the monster, but it's a bittersweet moment.

"Eleven saved the party," reads a line of text. "But was lost......." Stranger Things Season 1 ended by teasing the possibility that Eleven was still alive.

This video was directed by David Dutton, featuring music from Henry Dutton.

You can watch 8-bit Cinema's numerous other videos of TV shows and movies presented as 8-bit games here on the Cinefix YouTube channel.

Stranger Things Season 1 was praised by critics and ratings were apparently very strong. The show is bleeding into pop culture and the stars will even get to meet President Obama this week.

Creators Matt and Ross Duffer previously described Season 2 as being "darker and weirder." Season 2 may be polarizing, they said, acknowledging some people may enjoy Season 1 better.

The new season is slated to debut in 2017, though a specific premiere date has not yet been announced.

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Yeah, you wanna talk about spoilers, maybe you should change the article picture. That doesn't spoil anything AT ALL! Damn. I'd be upset if I didn't already watch the full show.

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This does not look 8-bit. The NES did not have quite that range of color palette. This is probably closer to a SNES reimagining than a NES.

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@Derpalon: If is 8-bit it could be TG16, NES was not the only 8-bit system

Anyway that said there are transparencies, and rotation, which 8-bit systems couldn't do.

The backgrounds are too high res for traditional 8-bit systems which range from 160x120 to 320x224.

The sprites are a different resolution than the background which would be impossible. And the text boxes are yet another resolution. In addition, the sprites and backgrounds seem to scroll/animate on a much higher res plane. It looks like a bunch of mixed-resolution assets were haphazardly dumped into a flash animation.

The art style of the backgrounds matches later 32-bit PC adventure games more than any 8-bit game, it seems to contain a larger tileset than most 8-bit systems could have held in video memory.

The amount/size of sprites and colors seem OK for a TG16 game but the music sounds more like C64 + NES put together.

It's a weird mishmash that does not evoke a genuine 8-bit console.

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This is AWESOME!! The show was AWESOME, the video above is AWESOME!! Can't wait til' the next season and hopefully it'll be more than 8 episodes!!!!

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That thumbnail is a pretty big spoiler, how about this instead:

Also no mention of the brilliant lucasarts style adventure game? That you can actually play?

Short (one room) but man is it sweet. Wish it was a full product.