The Amazon-owned Twitch has been running a paid membership tier for a while now, but if you haven't been tempted to join before your head might be turned by the fact there are free games every month.

Like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, Twitch Prime gives away free games to download and keep each month. Twitch Prime membership is included with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. If you have either, you need to link your Amazon and Twitch accounts to get the free games.

This means that access to Twitch Prime costs just £7.99 a month or $12.99 in the US. That subscription not only gets you ad-free viewing across Twitch channels, exclusive emoticons, chat options and a chat badge but these free games as well.

The company has recently announced the list of games that Twitch Prime members can download this month. We've got the info. 

For the King

For the King is a rogue-like RPG adventure that has single-player, co-op and multiplayer modes and sees players journey into procedurally generated levels to avenge their recently murdered King. If you tried to buy it on Steam it would set you back $9.99/£15.49 (though a little cheaper in the Steam summer sales). 

It was originally released in 2018 and won several awards at the time as well as the hearts and minds of PC gamers. For the King is particularly interesting because of the procedurally generated maps, quests and events. Brutal combat and the ability to play with friends always makes things interesting.  

The Escapists

The Escapists is another classic game that would set you back a few bucks if you bought it in the normal way. This is a lighted-hearted single-player strategy game with retro graphics that sees you living in and trying to escape from prison. 

There are multiple ways to escape as well as 10 different prisons to escape from to keep you constantly enjoying the thrill of escape. 

"You’ve landed yourself in prison again, and your only chance is to engineer an escape by any means necessary. How you do it is up to you! Why not cause a prison riot? Or dig a tunnel right under the walls of the prison? Or even steal a guard uniform to blend in with your captors?

The Escapists is a unique prison sandbox experience with lots of items to craft and combine in your daring quest for freedom. Life in prison will keep you on your toes with the strict rules that you’ll have to break. The guards are out to stop any escape attempts, so you’ll have to avoid suspicious behaviour by attending roll calls, working a prison job and hiding your stolen craftables. 

Escaping is what you do best, and you’ll have to prove your skills in a variety of challenging prisons from across the world."

Cultist Simulator

Cultist Simulator is a story rich card game from the creator of Fallen London and Sunless Sea. This game is pitched as a "roguelike narrative card game" where every choice you make shapes the story of the game. With as many as 40 hours of gameplay, Cultist Simulator adds even more value to this month's free games list. 

Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee is an open-world 3D platformer and adventure game with big beautiful worlds, a quirky cast of characters and a thoroughly indie vibe. 

"Explore huge, beautiful worlds, meet (and beat) an unforgettable cast of characters and horde a vault-load of shiny collectibles as buddy-duo Yooka (the green one) and Laylee (the wisecracking bat with the big nose) embark on an epic adventure to thwart corporate creep Capital B and his devious scheme to absorb all the world’s books… and convert them into pure profit!

Using their arsenal of special moves, our heroes will tackle a huge variety of puzzles and platforming challenges in their search for Pagies, the golden bounty used to unlock — and expand — stunning new worlds, each jammed to the gills with oddball characters, hulking bosses, minecart challenges, arcade games, quiz shows, multiplayer games… and much more!"

Other free stuff

As well as these free games, Twitch Prime subscribers also get access to free in-game items this month including: