Stranger Things Palace Arcade Review (Hasbro)

Stranger Things Palace Arcade
What It Is

You don't need to head back in time to play at the arcade with the Stranger Things crew thanks to the Stranger Things Palace Arcade Handheld Electronic Game from Hasbro. 

In addition to the 1980s supplying the backdrop to the now cult-fave Netflix series, Stranger Things (which heads into its third season this summer!), it was also the Golden Age of video games. In season two of the show, we see that come into play with the Palace Arcade becoming a main setting for the characters, and where Mad Max is introduced. 

This handheld arcade brings classic games from the decade, and games likely played by the characters, to life. The bonus is that this arcade is themed to the show. The exterior of the handheld machine features classic gaming characters such as Pac-Man on one side and cartoon versions of the show's characters (Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Will, Lucas and a Demogorgan) on the other. 

Turn on the arcade and you'll be greeted by the show's theme song and logo. There are 20 games to choose from. There's four classics: Pac-Man, Galaxian, Dig Dug, and Galaga, along with 18 themed games based on Stranger Things. This includes the side-screen running game Eleven's Quest, in which you essentially avoiding tripping over rocks and collecting Waffles; Waffle Blast which plays a bit like Asteroids; and others such as Syrup Drip, Steve Stomp, Dustin Dash, and more. 

Is It Fun?

If you are a Stranger Things fan, this is fun collectible item, whether you plan to play the games or not. If you are planning to play, the pint-sized size makes it great for gameplay on the go. With 20 games to play, there's also repeat play value to this mini arcade.

Who It’s For

The Stranger Things Palace Arcade Handheld Electronic Game is designed for single-player use. It's for ages 14 and up due to the content of the show, although the gameplay is age-appropriate for younger kids and simple enough for them to master. 

What To Be Aware Of

Three AA batteries are required to use and they are not included. 

One frustration we had throughout our play-testing was that the joystick isn't always responsive. This was especially frustrating in games that require you to maneuver at an angle as the controller often doesn't recognize it.  

Given that the characters in the series were obsessed with playing Dragon's Lair, we would have liked to see that game make an appearance.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    3 AA batteries required