7 games to play while you wait for Stranger Things Season 4

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Season 3 of Stranger Things may be over, but you don’t have to let go of your longing for 80s-themed spooks and scares just yet.

So while we endure that long and arduous wait for a return to Hawkins in Season 4, we’ve come up with a few games that have a similar vibe to Stranger Things, from full-on horror games to wistful reflections on the struggles of teenage life. And yes, there’s a healthy helping of the supernatural in there too.

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Season 3 of Stranger Things may be over, but you don’t have to let go of your longing for 80s-themed spooks and scares just yet.

So while we endure that long and arduous wait for a return to Hawkins in Season 4, we’ve come up with a few games that have a similar vibe to Stranger Things, from full-on horror games to wistful reflections on the struggles of teenage life. And yes, there’s a healthy helping of the supernatural in there too.

1. Stranger Things 3: The Game

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If you’re not quite ready to leave Hawkins behind, you can relive every moment of Season 3 in the official companion game to the show, right down to the nasty goo monsters, ice cream scooping, and Russian spies. The difference this time is you get to see what would have happened if it had been you and not those plucky teens facing danger head-on (and in our case, our epic battles with the goo monsters didn’t end quite so well).

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2. Crossing Souls

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The year is 1986, and a group of friends discover a mysterious supernatural force that lets them travel between worlds, all while dodging a vast government conspiracy. Sounds familiar? Jam-packed with 80s references and battles based on iconic classic arcade games, and accompanied by a stellar soundtrack inspired by the likes of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, Crossing Souls is the next best thing to another adventure in the world of Stranger Things.

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3. Baldur’s Gate

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Stranger Things wouldn’t be Stranger Things without its Dungeons & Dragons references, and Baldur’s Gate is a great way to dip a toe into the iconic fantasy series. Create your own hero and set off with a team of fellow adventurers on an epic high fantasy adventure through the Forgotten Realms, a classic D&D location, as you try to both unravel the mysteries of the realm and come to terms with your own dark origins.

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4. Oxenfree

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When heroine Alex and her friends meet up on Edwards Island for a weekend party, none of them are expecting anything out of the ordinary to happen. But supernatural occurrences have been taking place across the island, and when Alex accidentally creates a dimensional rift with her radio, things only get stranger from there. Expect time loops, supernatural strangeness, and multiple endings in this mind-bending adventure.

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5. Generation Zero

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Generation Zero has Sweden in the 1980s down to a T: there’s the music, the fashion, and plenty of killer robots. You play as a teenager who returns home only to discover that everyone they know has disappeared, leaving the streets and wilderness empty but for an army of hulking, human-killing robots. Go it alone or team up with friends as you struggle to survive long enough to figure out what happened…

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6. Life is Strange

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As if being a teenager wasn’t complicated enough by itself, Max Caulfield one day discovers that she’s somehow obtained the ability to rewind time at will. And while that might sound like a great thing (who doesn’t have that one past conversation they’d love to do again, but better), Max soon discovers that messing with the past can have some pretty serious consequences. Packed with great music, slightly dated teen slang, and enough emotional punch to leave you wheezing.

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7. Alien Isolation

If you actively want to experience the mind-numbing terror of being chased by the Demogorgon, or at least by a monster that’s faster, stronger, and infinitely cleverer than you, then Alien: Isolation is the way to go. Your strongest weapons are like a peashooter against the Alien, so you’ll need to rely on stealth, cunning, and trickery if you want to survive. Use what items you have to distract it or lure it in the wrong direction, but be warned: every time you figure out how to outsmart the Alien and run away, it will remember what you did.

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