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Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales is a cartoon-inspired story-driven puzzle role-playing game based on the Netflix Original series, Stranger Things.

Originally slated to release sometime in 2020[1], the game has now been released in 2021 on iOS and Android, after some delays.[2]

Description

Dive into supernatural mysteries and immerse yourself in brand new, original storylines starring your favorite characters from the Netflix series while you explore a new Puzzle RPG experience!

Experience this unique Puzzle RPG with a roguelike mode, idle RPG rewards and supernatural mysteries based on the Netflix series, Stranger Things!

Join the Stranger Things Gang in this new official puzzle RPG today![3]

Gameplay

Gameplay Example

Gameplay Example

In this game, you collect characters from seasons 1-3 of the show, level them up, and give them gear to fight off monsters.

You can go through the main story route, and eventually, you can unlock HNL, in which you descend down inside of the lab in a separate set of missions. Every day, you may also enter the portal, which has characters permanently die for that day if they die. You can also earn portal tokens here. There is also the club boss, where you can join a club to defeat a monster, taking turns doing damage to it. You have a day to do so.

Simply by having the game installed, you can earn rewards in the background. All you have to do to claim them is log back on, and click the claim button. You can also send characters off to investigate to get extra rewards, or complete daily, weekly, and general tasks.

For every chapter you complete, you can also earn chapter rewards through the Reward Pass. There are free and premium rewards, the latter of which you must pay for.

You can unlock characters through diamonds, walkie-talkies, or star shards. You can sell one star characters to get scraps.

You can upgrade your characters with gold and experience, and sometimes requiring green goo through intervals of twenty or so. This improves their stats, such as power, health, and attack. You can also promote your characters, which allows them to be leveled up more. If you would prefer to not spend your recourses on certain characters, they can instead be sent to the gaming table, in which they can be temporarily leveled up to your fifth highest leveled up character. You can use gamer tokens to unlock more slots on the table.

You can give your character gear for all four slots, which include headgear, shirts, a weapon, and shoes/pants. You can also upgrade gear with other gear, or with upgrade tokens.

Characters

Character Image Playable Characters Season 1 Version Season 2 Version Season 3 Version Season 4 Version
Mike Wheeler Yes Yes Yes
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Lucas Sinclair Yes Yes Yes
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Nancy Wheeler Yes Yes
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Steve Harrington Yes Yes
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Joyce Byers Yes
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Eleven Yes Yes Yes
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Robin Buckley Yes
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Will Byers Yes Yes
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Jim Hopper Yes Yes
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Jonathan Byers Yes Yes
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Murray Bauman Yes Yes
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Dustin Henderson Yes Yes Yes
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Max Mayfield Yes Yes
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Erica Sinclair Yes
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Kali Prasad Yes
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Billy Hargrove Yes
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Mick Yes
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Dottie Yes
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Mr. Clarke Yes
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Officer Powell Yes
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Axel Yes
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Dr. Alexei Yes
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Funshine Yes
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Troy Walsh Yes
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Heather Holloway Yes
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Benny Hammond Yes
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Officer Callahan Yes
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Greg McCarkle Yes
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Mr. Wheeler Yes
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Mrs. Wheeler Yes
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Suzie Yes
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James Dante Yes
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Keith Yes
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Barb Yes


Chapters

Chapter Poster Chapter Number Chapter Name
Arcade Poster.jpg
1. Arcade
Missing Sister Poster.jpg
2. The Missing Sister
Shopping Frenzy Poster.jpg
3. Shopping Frenzy
Stranger Science Poster.jpg
4. Strange Science
Funflayer Poster.jpg
5. Funflayer
Battle Bots Poster.jpg
6. Attack of the Battle Bots
Doppleganger Poster.jpg
7. The Doppleganger
Closing Time Poster.jpg
8. Closing Time
They Hatch Poster.jpg
9. They Hatch!
Bumman Poster.jpg
10. Bauman Delirium
Blood Drive Poster.jpg
11. Blood Drive
Mayhem In Hawkins Poster.jpg
12. Mayhem in Hawkins
Funflayer Two Poster.jpg
13 Funflayer 2: Teddy's Revenge
Pet Poster.jpg
14. The P.E.T.
TownsPuzzleTales.jpg
15.
SiblingsPuzzleTales.jpg
16. Siblings
ComingSoonNewPuzzleTales.jpg
17. (TBA)


Locations

Location
Hawkins
The Upside Down
Starcourt Mall
Hawkins National Laboratory
Fun Fair
Hawkins High School
Castle Byers
Mike's Basement
Palace Arcade


Development

The game was developed by Next Games, a Finnish mobile game developer and publisher.[4] Similar to location-based games like Pokemon Go, Next Games was going to use Google Maps integrations so players could explore the Upside Down around their own neighborhood and team up with friends.[5]

According to Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO of Next Games, the game focuses on delivering rich and intense themes of Stranger Things, like friendship and supernatural adventure.

Due to the 2020 pandemic, development shifted away from the location-based mechanics to story-driven gameplay. The game was switched to a match three type format, in which you "defeat the Mind Flayer’s minions with your puzzle-solving skills."[6]

The game is now available on the Google Play store and the App Store, and is being updated consistently.[2]

Music

It is currently unknown who has composed the soundtrack for this game. The OST consists of a few tracks, such as the lobby music and the battle music.

Marketing

Trailers

Promotional Images

Promotional Quotes

Trivia

  • Dustin Henderson is labeled as "Dustin Henderson" in his Season 2 outfit, but only as "Dustin" in his Season 3 outfit.
  • Characters like Season 1 Joyce Byers and Season 1 Will Byers are on promotional material for the game, despite not yet being playable.
  • Bob Newby is a shopkeeper, but is not playable, unlike many other shopkeeper characters.
  • A non-playable varient of Erica Sinclair wearing a sweater is seen in the Reward Pass screen.
  • When the game is loading, Steve Harrington can be seen in a season 2 design different from the playable one. This is either a scrapped outfit, or a sign that characters can have multiple different looks from the same season in future updates.
  • During chapter 7 of the story, evil versions of the main characters are created by the Mind Flayer. This has yet to be seen in canon content.

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