Continuing to grow its list of inexplicable games, Netflix has announced that it has expanded its range of free mobile offerings with two new games: Bowling balls and a rebooted version of Extreme Asphalt.
The launch of two new games, both available for free download on iOS and Android for anyone with a Netflix subscription, comes less than a month after the platform truly launched its gaming initiative.
The initial rollout included two titles related to the streamer’s original content, with Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3: The Game, in addition to Explosion of cards, Sway, and Shooting hoops, which are not attached to anything at all. The last of these three, Sway and Shooting hoops, come from game studio Frosty Pop, which is also the studio that has partnered with Netflix on Bowling balls.
Extreme Asphalt, meanwhile, was picked up by the platform after it was shut down by its original developer, Gameloft, in September. A trailer posted to Netflix’s YouTube account shows that the rebooted game, like the original, will be an off-road racing game, with players able to choose from a variety of vehicles and seemingly exotic locations to navigate.
Both new games will join Netflix’s existing roster as ad-free offerings that do not allow in-app purchases. As we mentioned before, it’s not that none of the new games on the platform are bad – the cute 8-bit RPG Stranger Things: 1984 is particularly playable – it’s just that the expansion strategy in the gaming sphere is a bit of a headache for the platform, as Netflix doesn’t intend to directly enjoy the games.
While Netflix hasn’t explained too much why it sees games as a particularly exciting avenue to explore in recent months, it has quietly suggested that games exist as a way to attract new paying subscribers and appeal to its base. existing with new, non-traditional entertainment offerings.
Will Bowling balls Will it be enough to set Netflix apart in the years to come as Disney + continues to tour the wagons? Only time will tell. But at least Netflix subscribers will have some insane new options to play while seeking refuge with loved ones on Thanksgiving, so at least there is that.