The latest game for the fledgling Netflix gaming service is the racing title Asphalt Xtreme, TechCrunch Reports. If this name sounds familiar, it’s because the mobile game was originally released in October 2016 but was pulled from app stores in late September 2021. A trailer for the game released on Netflix YouTube channel states that it will be available “exclusively” to subscribers to the service, with no advertising or in-app purchases.
It’s an interesting start with Netflix’s gaming service making use of its streaming video playbook. Instead of just releasing brand new original titles, Netflix appears to be expanding its catalog by licensing previously released games. As well as Netflix’s video catalog for brand new shows like Lupine and Bridgerton next to classics like Seinfeld.
Other game subscription services have struck a similar balance. This year Apple Arcade added the game Castlevania: Grimoire of Soulswho had previously seen a limited release in Canada in 2019 but what was discontinued in the following year. In addition, Apple’s game service also offers brand new titles such as fantasy. Xbox Game Pass also includes a mix of new and old games.
If you’re a Netflix subscriber and want to try out the mobile games available on their service, you’ll find them listed on the regular iOS and Android apps. Note, however, that in order to actually play, you will be linked to each platform’s app stores to download each game. On iOS, this approach stems from Apple’s strict App Store rules that prevent developers from downloading or streaming a catalog of games in their existing apps.
Thankfully, the process is as smooth as possible – I was just trying to download a Netflix game to an iPhone that I’m already signed in on, and didn’t have to go through a separate sign-up process. Available games include Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Shoot hoops, Seesaw (above), Card explosion, and Bowling Balls, a new title released earlier this month.
TechCrunch Reports the Asphalt Xtreme is gradually being rolled out to users worldwide and will be rolling out to Netflix subscribers in the US in the coming weeks.
Disclosure: The edge is currently producing a series with Netflix.