Dating is a funny thing. We have, as a society, know this for ages, and the awkward interactions between two people looking to spend some romantic time together, will probably always be comedy gold.
Flix and Chill takes this classic situation, dresses it with a fantastic, colorful art style, and then lets you absolutely screw things up for the people trying desperately to get to that coveted Netflix and Chill place with their dates, instead treating them to rejection after rejection..
Honestly; feels pretty realistic.
In Flix & Chill you take on the role of various individuals on their first blind date, your goal is to woo them, or not, it’s entirely up to you. Tread carefully though or your date may leave to go to the bathroom and never return. Each episode will introduce you to new characters and their own branching dialogue decisions with moral choices and a multitude of unique endings.
Flix and Chill is based on/a spiritual successor to the original game Netflix and Chill by Jason Lovett, that first appeared on Newgrounds. The original game is even included in Flix & Chill, but is the only one of the stories specifically focused on the event of “Netflix & Chill”.
Mechanically, Flix and Chill is essentially a branching narrative game, crammed full of some great commentary and jokes revolving around modern dating culture. You have the option to play through 4 different stories, the end goal of each being to get to have a successful of date night.
The problem is that the people you’re piloting through these encounters have the potential to have zero actual social skills. Sure, you can have interesting, engaging conversation with you date, be polite, and have it all lead to a romantic evening, but come on, that’s no fun. Luckily, Flix and Chill gives you ample opportunities to lie, fake posture, and engage in petty showmanship in the vain hope of bringing your date back to your apartment to “watch” Stranger Things.
In each narrative, there is at least one interactive section They all are mechanically simple and revolve around hitting the correct button at the right time. They’re straightforward, but all fit pretty well with the setting they’ve been place in, and are ultimately fun for the short time you need to play them.
There’s a nice variety of setting to watch these dates play out in, from a cafe, to a club,to an arcade and a dance studio. All the set pieces and characters are bright and colorful, animated in a blocky art style that reminds me of South Park, and it works perfectly for the tongue-in-cheek humor of the game.
Flix and Chill is a short game, taking only around a hour to complete all the stories, but there’s a fair amount of replayability if you’re interested in seeing just how badly, or how well some of the dates can go. The game is also only $.99, so it’s a pretty small investment for a hour or two of laughs.