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(Pocket-lint) - Netflix has been testing mobile gaming in select markets, and now, it is launching its first games worldwide.

"Whether you’re craving a casual game you can start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dig deeper into your u stories, we want to begin to build a library of games that offers something for everyone", Netflix has announced. "We’re in the early days of creating a great gaming experience".

Currently, Netflix hasn't announced any plans to monetise its games. They are free to download on your device, and they are free of advertising. The company likely sees games as a way of growing and maintaining subscribers. Curious to try them? Well, here is everything you need to know about "Netflix Games".

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When can you try Netflix games?

Netflix is now rolling out a software update to its Netflix mobile app for iPhone and Android. The update adds the ability to find, download, and play games.

Where are Netflix games available?

Netflix announced on 2 November 2021 that it has expanded its gaming service to over 190 countries, including the US and Canada. Netflix said its mobile games are available in many languages and that the games will automatically default to the preference set in your Netflix profile.

Which Netflix games can you play?

Netflix has announced the following mobile games for subscribers to play:

Android users

iPhone users

Netflix has promised more games are in the works - including ones from partners. For instance, Riot is bringing a new League of Legends experience to Netflix Games. Called Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story, it will be free for Netflix subscribers and $10 for Switch and PC players.

How to find and download Netflix games

Android users

Netflix mobile games are available when you log into your Netflix profile.

When you open the latest version of the Netflix mobile app on your phone, you will see a new games row and games tab where you can select any game to download. On Android tablets, you will see a new games row or be able to select games from the categories drop-down menu to download and play.

After selecting a title, you will be directed to the Google Play Store to install the games. To sign in and play the game, a Netflix membership is required. After downloading the games, they are available to play at any time. You just tap-to-play them within the Netflix app or on the home screen of your Android device.

If you aren’t finding games in the Netflix app, you can also search for a game in the Google Play Store. Open the Play Store and search for the game by name or search "Netflix games". After a game is installed, you can find it under the Netflix Games row in the Netflix app. It may also be on your device's home screen or apps drawer.  If prompted, tap Continue and then sign in using the email address and the password of your Netflix account.

You can play games on multiple mobile devices on the same account. But there is a device limit. Netflix will let you know if you hit it. 

Need more help? See Netflix's support page for step-by-step instructions.

iPhone users

In the Netflix app, you will see a dedicated row for games, and from there, you can choose what to download. The iPad app will allow you to select the games category from the dropdown menu too.  While the main Netflix app gives access to the game library, the game will launch as a separate app.

Once the app opens, you'll need to authenticate your Netflix account and then you can play to your heart's content.

If you aren’t finding games in the Netflix app, you can also search for a game in the App Store. Open the App Store and search for the game by name. After a game is installed, you can find it under the Netflix Games row in the Netflix app. It may also be on your device's home screen.

Either way, open the game and enter your Netflix email address and password to log in and begin playing.

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Need more help? See Netflix's support page for step-by-step instructions.

Do Netflix games cost anything?

To play Netflix games, you need a Netflix subscription (starts at $9 in the US). There are no in-app purchases - something common in other mobile games.

Do Netflix games have ads?

No. Like Netflix itself, there are no adverts in the games.

Are Netflix games child-friendly?

No. Interestingly, the first slate of Netflix games is for adults only. "These games are not available on kids profiles", Netflix has warned. "If you’ve set up a PIN to prevent kids from having access to adult profiles, that same PIN will be required in order to log in to Netflix and play the game on a device".

Do Netflix games require internet to play?

Some of the mobile games may require an internet connection to play, but others are available offline. (You need internet to download the games, obviously.) 

Want to know more?

Check out Netflix's announcement blog post for more details.

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Britta O'Boyle. Originally published on 2 November 2021.