Just weeks away from the much-anticipated Stranger Things Season 2 release date, Netflix has a mobile treat for nostalgia fans! Few shows nail the 1980’s vibe like Stranger Things. If you aren’t aware, Stranger Things is a combination of Speilberg, Stephen King and a dash of John Hughes’ style in a sci-fi/horror drama set in a small Indiana town in 1984. To me, the series recalls E.T. and the Goonies and accurately recreates what it was like being a kid in an average Midwest neighborhood in the 80’s, riding bikes, playing tabletop RPGs and forging unbreakable bonds of friendship…except that they also stumble into a supernatural government conspiracy.
Netflix has just released an amazing SNES styled retro adventure/RPG demake based on Stranger Things. Given that the show is so heavily steeped in nostalgia, a 16-bit retro game makes perfect sense. The game feels like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past game engine but in the Stranger Things world of Hawkins, Indiana.
Beyond here are spoilers of the show, you’ve been warned.
There are very few artists whose songs can make one simultaneously excited, alert, relaxed and contemplative but Infinity Shred has a way of hitting all those feelings in almost every note. You may know them better as the former members of Starscream, but 2012’s “EP001” and 2013’s full length “Sanctuary” highlighted the start a new era with a new name for these chiptune innovators.
With the just-released incredibly impressive “Long Distance” album, we see the band has jettisoned most of their lo-fi chiptune influences but still strongly adheres to their retro-futuristic cyberpunk post rock vibe. Sanctuary established the bands epic sound; purposefully repetitive melodies that borough into your brain via lilting smooth retro synth tones, backed by slowly building shoegazy/post-rock guitars, pads and powerful drumming. The formula gets some excellent new elements this time around. Read on for the full review.