04 January 2019

If you haven’t spent at least two hours engaging with BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH since its December 28th launch on Netflix, you need make a new year’s resolution and get on it ASAP!

Written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade (NIGHTMARE CINEMA, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT), this this feature-length interactive episode of BLACK MIRROR is set in 1984 and follows young programmer Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) who begins to question every aspect of his reality as he adapts the sprawling fantasy novel, BANDERSNATCH, into a role-playing video game.

In true BLACK MIRROR fashion, BANDERSNATCH is filled with intertextual references to previous episodes but perhaps the best easter egg of all is one contained on a post-credits sequence to two of the five main endings. This action-after-credits scene sees Stefan back on the bus to Tuckersoft but instead of having a choice of the Thompson Twins or the Now 2 compilation, you are forced to listen to a tape marked Bandersnatch. The odd sounds heard in playback is in fact data and when that audio is run through ZX Spectrum emulator, it provides a QR code that once scanned generates a link to a hidden page on the Tuckersoft website.

Long story short, you can download NOHZDYVE, one of the games featured in BANDERSNATCH, as well as check out the artwork for other Tuckersoft games! Heads up you’re going to need a ZX Spectrum emulator to play the game but never fear as you can find a variety of them listed here.
BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH is now available to stream on Netflix and you’ve experienced it already, check out these two featurettes to get a little insight into the process of the production!