After posting a cryptic trailer yesterday, Netflix has finally released their interactive film, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. A “choose your own adventure” title by Netflix and Charlie Brooker, Bandersnatch takes the concept of interactive movies to a whole new level. Viewers can basically control the plot of the movie with their choices that are offered in-screen, making it a lot more personal experience.
What makes Bandersnatch even more special is the fact that it is the first interactive movie for adults, and the producers have revealed that there are five possible endings to it. There are reportedly over five hours of footage, and depending on the choices that viewers make, the movie can last anywhere between 40 to 90 minutes. It is also officially the longest Black Mirror episode and the shortest one, depending on the choices a viewer makes.
To take advantage of the interactive elements in Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, you will need a compatible device. Netflix says that Apple TV and some smart TVs are not supported, but users on iOS, Android and other platforms like the web (computers and laptops) should be able to watch the movie just fine.
If your device is supported, you should be able to see a red/white lightning bolt on the screen. If your device isn’t supported, Netflix will say so.
Getting started with watching Bandersnatch is easy. Before playing the movie, Netflix will also play a short video with instructions on how to use the interactive elements.
When options appear on screen, you will have to choose one within 10 seconds. If you fail to do so, Netflix will choose one for you. There won’t be any checkpoints or fallback options, though, so once you make a choice, you will have to see it through to the end. You can also choose to just play the movie all over again if you’re too afraid of your choices leading to negative outcomes.