If you’re just starting to realize that Netflix’s Stranger Things may not be back on the air (“air”) until well into President Trump’s first term, and need something to tide you over, there’s this fan-made point-and-click adventure, made by Steven Alexander, James Mulvale, and Jon Taylor-Stoll of Infamous Quests. In it you play Chief Jim Hopper, seemingly slightly drunk and taking constant smoke breaks, as you begin to look into the disappearance of Will Byers.
The game should be instantly recognizable to anyone who played the early-’90s LucasArts classics like The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, or Sam & Max Hit the Road. (Our only criticism would be that the game’s pixel graphics are a bit too advanced for 1983, back when stuff like King’s Quest was seen as cutting edge.) Click to look at things, talk to people, and examine objects. There’re some clever nods to the show, such as this little exchange with science teacher Mr. Clarke.
After finding the drainpipe where (spoiler if you haven’t seen Stranger Thing, though if you haven’t seen Stranger Things I’m very curious why you’re still reading this) Eleven makes her escape from Hawkins Labs, Chief Hopper takes a peek inside.
With the drainpipe explored, Chief Hopper decides it’s time to head back to the station and hope Flo has made some coffee — it’s gonna be a long one. This is also the end of the game; Infamous Quests seem to have simply done this more as proof-of-concept and labor of love than trying to re-create the entire world of Stranger Things.
And that’s the end of Stranger Things. Nothing left to see here, may as well check your e-ma — aw Christ!