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.
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Dear Esther is an indie game from The Chinese Room, the same team responsible for the brilliantly detailed and stunning game Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. Dear Esther has been described as both a "walking sim" and "an experience rather than a game" - a game that abandons traditional gameplay styles to fully immerse you in a story-driven experience that many love.
A compelling experience that drops you onto a remote and desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides and encourages you to journey forward and uncover what mysteries lay ahead.
Downwell is a classically enjoyable arcade romp where you play a small person who's tumbling down a well. Untold treasures lurk somewhere down below, so you need to keep venturing downward in order to uncover the mysteries. Alas, there are also baddies down there intent on stopping you, so you'll need to make heavy use of those Gunboots in order to survive.
If you're a fan of retro gaming, you're bound to love this one.
The Flame in the Flood
The Flame in the Flood is a procedurally generated survival adventure set in post-societal America. Journey down a backwater riverway, stopping off to forage and scavenge for supplies and craft items while evading dangerous predators. A simple, yet satisfying premise that's all the more enjoyable with the company of a four-legged friend and a brilliant soundtrack.
Sokobond is a wonderfully simple and satisfying designed puzzle game about chemistry. Move the icons around to create the correct chemistry symbols and complete the puzzle. You don't need to be a scientist to play, but you may learn a thing or two while you do.
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
A simple, yet beautiful game about building snowmen. This game is also available on mobile, but its highlight for us is almost certainly the satisfying sounds of crunching snow as you go about building the snowmen in various settings. Obstacles are thrown into the mix too, making things that little bit trickier, yet no less enjoyable.
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build is topped off by another enjoyable and thoroughly enchanting soundtrack.
Cosmic Express is another puzzle game from the same developers behind A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build and Sokobond. It has a simple premise that sees you planning the train route around the most awkward space colony ever built.
Cute graphics and a quirky design style make this one a tad deceptive as it's certainly harder than it looks. Prepare yourself for hours and hours of frustrating fun.