Netflix Made an 8-Bit Infinite Runner Video Game Out of Its Most Popular Original Shows

With Stranger Things, and stranger still, Marco Polo

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Looking for procrastination candy? Netflix has launched the Flix Arcade, an 8-bit infinite runner game that's about as simple and uncomplicated as your fond memories of the '80s.

Created by The Glitch in Mumbai, India, the game lets you play Pablo Escobar from Narcos, Piper Chapman from Orange Is the New Black, Mike Wheeler from Stranger Things, or Marco Polo from Marco Polo—odd, given that the latter show was canceled in December. 

But points for nostalgia. We'll remember the good times.

Press the spacebar once to jump, twice to superjump. Music, settings and bad guys change based on the universe you select. Play Mike as the Demogorgon pursues him, or Piper as she hunts chickens in prison. 

Avoid bad guys and grab enough goodies for a Power-Up … which usually involves a cool secondary force, like Hundred Eyes or Eleven, kicking ass on your behalf.

The game is being promoted on Netflix's Spanish and Indian social media accounts. Here's the video, which is almost funner than its subject:

@luckthelady Angela Natividad is a frequent contributor to Adweek's creativity blog, AdFreak. She is also the author of Generation Creation and co-founder of Hurrah, an esports agency. She lives in Paris and when she isn't writing, she can be found picking food off your plate.
Publish date: January 9, 2017 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT