Squid Game is now the number one show on the planet. But with all nine episodes down and an itch that needs to be scratched, what else is popping?
We’ve gathered some of our own favourites for that brutal, high-stakes, mind-game vibe. Don’t worry, just grab your popcorn because we’ve got you.
1. Alice in Borderland (Japan)
A Battle Royale-esque Netflix show, players find themselves competing for survival in abandoned Tokyo.
Players must play a series of life-threatening games by an unknown entity.
There’s no monetary reward in Squid Game, but the characters are fueled by the desire to simply survive. Games are more intricate, but there are plenty of alliances, betrayals, and secrets.
2. My Name (Korea)
Following her father’s murder, a revenge-driven woman places her trust in a crime boss, and enters the police force under his direction. Three episodes out of eight were screened at the 26th Busan International Film Festival in its newly created ‘On Screen’ section, invoking an incredible positive response.
It’s brimming with crime, carefully crafted action scenes, and a personally curated Trojan horse at the helm. It also has a twist worthy of The Departed and 360-pan sequences worthy of the John Wick movies.
3. Liar Game (Japan)
A slightly older series but considered a cult classic, this psychological thriller paved the way for others in its genre.
Players are given a huge amount of cash and have to lie and cheat their opponents out of the money. The most successful liar takes home the cash prize. Interestingly, the lead is a very naive and honest girl, unwittingly thrown into a terrifying game of deceit.
4. 3% (Brazil)
How far would you go for a perfect life? This Brazilian survival thriller is similar to Squid Game with its dystopian setting. Here players are competing for entry into the paradise island called “Offshore”.
At the age of 20, everyone is given a series of tests to complete. If they fail, they’re denied entry to Offshore and must live the rest of their lives in poverty.
You might have guessed from the titlte that only 3% of participants are successful – not exactly an encouraging pass rate.
5. The Belko Experiment (USA)
A social experiment turns deadly when a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia. Ordered by an unknown voice on the company’s intercom system, they must participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.